The Department of Music at the University of Evansville was recently granted renewed accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). UE’s music department has been accredited since 1948.
Founded in 1924, NASM is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities with approximately 650 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for music and music-related disciplines. It provides assistance to institutions and individuals engaged in artistic, scholarly, educational, and other music-related endeavors.
Accreditation by NASM is the result of a comprehensive review process. The institution must meet specific standards in a variety of areas, including degree programs offered, general operations, and facilities. An intense self-study by UE’s music department was submitted to NASM in January 2015. UE then hosted a site visit with NASM in March of that year.
“Accreditation by NASM is a significant achievement for our department,” said Thomas Josenhans, UE music department chair. “It is a testament to the excellence of the programs and level of professional experiences and development that we provide for our students.”
Josenhans noted that UE has five degrees that are accredited by NASM – Bachelor of Science in Music, Bachelor of Science in Music with an emphasis in Music Management, Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy, and Bachelor of Music in Performance.
“NASM’s renewal of the University’s membership is an external validation of the quality of the faculty, students, and programs provided by our Department of Music,” UE president Thomas A. Kazee said. “It shows their continuing success in creating life-transforming experiences for our students.”