July 12, 2013
The University of Mary is now an associate member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). A prestigious honor in its own right, Mary earned this national accreditation in only its first attempt at assessment.
|The Music Department's Concert Band and Concert Choir Tour Austria and Italy, including a 10-day stay at University of Mary's campus in Rome |
NASM, an association of approximately 644 schools of music, establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials. Institutional membership is gained only through the peer review process of accreditation. It provides information to potential students and parents, consultations, statistical information, professional development, and policy analysis.
"The University of Mary has a 40-year history of excellent teaching, outstanding students, high-quality ensembles, and tremendous placement of students in graduate schools and professional positions, including performers, teachers, composers, and various areas in the music industry," stated Dr. Tom Porter, chair of the Music Department and professor of music at the University of Mary. "Accreditation through NASM recognizes the history and quality of the program, and the commitment of the university and the music faculty to continued excellence. It also serves as a guarantee to our current and future students and their parents that our program meets or exceeds national standards, and that the education they receive at the University of Mary is on par with other accredited music schools. For our music alumni, it is like having your stock go up. It is further recognition of the high quality of their education."
The University of Mary Music Department integrates a challenging curriculum with practical and professional training. It offers four majors and a minor while providing a diverse program of study to meet the needs of students interested in pursuing a variety of careers in music. Students participate in large ensembles as well as chamber groups on campus and may perform in community groups. Campus ensembles tour regionally, nationally and internationally. Every third year in May, the Concert Band and Concert Choir embark on a 21-day tour of Austria and Italy, including a 10-day stay at University of Mary's campus in Rome.
The objectives of NASM are to provide a national forum for the discussion of concerns relevant to the preservation and advancement of standards; to develop a national unity for the purpose of music study in colleges, universities and schools of music; to maintain professional leadership in music training and develop a national context for the professional growth of individual musicians as artists, scholars, teachers, and participants in music and related enterprises; to establish minimum standards of achievement without restricting the school's freedom to develop new ideas; to recognize that inspired teaching may rightly reject a "status quo" philosophy; to establish that the prime objective of all educational programs in music is to provide the opportunity for every music student to develop individual potentialities to the utmost.
All first-time members are awarded a five-year accreditation.