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The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) is an association of post-secondary music schools in the United States and the principal U.S. accreditor for higher education in music. It was founded on October 20, 1924, and is based in Reston, Virginia. Accreditation commenced in 1939.

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1 Accreditation 2 History 3 Current and past presidents 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Accreditation[edit] NASM is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as a programmatic accreditation organization for institutions offering degree and non-degree educational programs in music and music-related disciplines.[1][2] It currently has approximately 625 accredited institutional members, including specialty schools of music, conservatories, and universities offering music programs. History[edit] Leaders from six music schools met on June 10, 1924, to organize the inaugural convention of the "National Association of Schools of Music and Allied Arts" to be held on October 20, 1924, in Pittsburgh. The founding leaders were:

Burnet Corwin Tuthill (1888–1982), Cincinnati Conservatory of Music John James Hattstaedt
John James Hattstaedt
(1851–1931), American Conservatory of Music (1886–1991) Kenneth McPherson Bradley (1872–1954), Bush Conservatory of Music, which merged in 1932 with The Chicago Conservatory College under duress of the Great Depression Arthur Wright Mason (1866–1955), Louisville Conservatory of Music, which merged in 1932 with the University of Louisville
University of Louisville
under duress of the Great Depression Charles Newell Boyd (1875–1937), Pittsburgh Musical Institute, which merged in 1963 with the University of Pittsburgh Edwin John Stringham (1890–1974), Wolcott Conservatory of Music, founded in 1920 and in 1925 was reorganized and renamed as the Denver College of Music

The attendees at the first NASM Convention of October 20, 1924, decided to officially form the "National Association of Schools of Music and Allied Arts." The accreditation aspect of NASM, though, did not launch until about 1929. The charter members currently in existence are:

The Music Conservatory of Chicago College of Performing Arts Cleveland Institute of Music Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester New England Conservatory of Music, Boston Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois Oberlin College Syracuse University University of Cincinnati University of Iowa, Iowa City University of Kansas, Lawrence University of Michigan University of Nebraska, Lincoln University of Oregon University of the Pacific, Stockton, California University of Southern California Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Milwaukee Yale University

NASM's founding officers were Kenneth M. Bradley, President; Burnet C. Tuthill, Secretary; and Charles N. Boyd, Treasurer.[3][4] Current and past presidents[edit]

1924–1928 — Kenneth McPherson Bradley (1872–1954), Bush Conservatory of Music 1928–1931 — Harold Lancaster Butler (1874–1957), Syracuse University, University of Kansas 1932–1935 — Earl Vincent Moore (1890–1987), University of Michigan 1935–1944 — Howard Harold Hanson (1996–1981), Eastman School of Music 1944–1948 — Donald Malcolm Swarthout (1894–1962), University of Kansas 1948–1952 — Price Asher Doyle (1896–1967), Murray State University 1953–1962 — Thomas Artur Gorton, PhD (1910–1997), University of Kansas (served 4 terms as president) 1955–1958 — Erza William Doty PhD (1907–1994), University of Texas at Austin 1962–19?? — Charles Brownlow Hunt, Jr. (1916–2002), Peabody College 1971–1972 — Carl Melvin Neumeyer (1911–1972), Illinois Wesleyan University 1976–1978 — Warner Imig (1910–2005), University of Colorado at Boulder 1981–1985 — Robert Burr Glidden (born 1936), University of Iowa 1983–19?? — Thomas W. Miller, Northwestern University 19??–1997 — Harold M. Best, DSM (born 1931), Wheaton College, Illinois 1998–2000 — J. William Hipp University of Miami School of Music 2000–2004 — David J. Tomatz, PhD (1935–2014), University of Houston 2004–2006 — Karen Lias Wolff, University of Michigan, Oberlin Conservatory of Music 2006–2010 — Daniel Sher, University of Colorado at Boulder 2010–present — Donald Gibson, Florida State University Robert J. Werner, PhD, University of Cincinnati
University of Cincinnati
– College-Conservatory of Music Robert Earl Bays (born 1921)

See also[edit]

List of recognized accreditation associations of higher learning United States Department of Education European Association of Conservatoires (AEC) National Association for Music in Higher Education, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

References[edit] General references

Carl Melvin Neumeyer (1911–1972), "The History of the National Association of Schools of Music," Doctor of Music Education dissertation, Indiana University, Bloomington (1954) OCLC 9483822 Carl Melvin Neumeyer (editor) (1911-1972), By-laws and regulations, National Association of Schools of Music (1965) OCLC 4558345 Bulletin of the National Association of Schools of Music OCLC 3537484 OCLC 592934302 OCLC 613197394 Burnet Corwin Tuthill (1888–1982), NASM, the first forty years; a personal history of the National Association of Schools of Music, National Association of Schools of Music (1973) OCLC 624531 LCCN 73-159574 Sheila A. Barrows (born 1931) (compiler & editor), Historical Perspectives, 1924-1999: National Association of Schools of Music, Seventy-Fifth Anniversary, National Association of Schools of Music (1999) OCLC 43434388ISBN 1879120054 ISBN 9781879120051 ISBN 1-879120-05-4

Inline citations

^ Directory of Programmatic Accrediting Organizations Archived 2014-09-23 at the Wayback Machine., Council for Higher Education Accreditation, accessed December 11, 2009 ^ 2009-2010 Directory of CHEA-Recognized Organizations, Council for Higher Education Accreditation, accessed December 7, 2010 ^ Los Angeles Times, Nov. 16, 1924, "Organize National Music Association", retrieved from ProQuest Historical Newspapers Los Angeles Times (1881-1986), pg. C39 ^ Tuthill, pg. 1

External links[edit]

National Association of Schools of Music– Offi

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