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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
Virginia
. Accreditation commenced in 1939.

CONTENTS

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

ACCREDITATION

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. It currently has approximately 625 accredited institutional members, including specialty schools of music, conservatories, and universities offering music programs.

HISTORY

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

NASM's founding officers were Kenneth M. Bradley, President; Burnet C. Tuthill, Secretary; and Charles N. Boyd, Treasurer.

CURRENT AND PAST PRESIDENTS

* 1924–1928 — Kenneth McPherson Bradley (1872–1954), Bush Conservatory of Music * 1928–1931 — Harold Lancaster Butler (1874–1957), Syracuse University , University of Kansas
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
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
University of Michigan
, Oberlin Conservatory of Music * 2006–2010 — Daniel Sher, University of Colorado at Boulder * 2010–present — Donald Gibson, Florida State University
Florida State University
* Robert J. Werner, PhD, University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music * Robert Earl Bays (born 1921)

SEE ALSO

* List of recognized accreditation associations of higher learning * United States Department of Education
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

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
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
OCLC
592934302 OCLC
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
OCLC
624531 LCCN 73-159574 * Sheila A. Barrows (born 1931) (compiler ">

* ^ Directory of Programmatic Accrediting Organizations, 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

* National Association of Schools of Music– Official website

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