NASM Guidelines

Fundamental Purposes And Principles

Each institution is responsible for developing and defining the specific purposes of its overall undergraduate and graduate programs in music and of each undergraduate and graduate degree program it offers.

Resources And Music Program Components

Resources must be sufficient to support the purposes, goals, objectives, and content of undergraduate and graduate programs and must meet NASM operational requirements in this regard.  Curricular components of undergraduate and graduate programs must meet NASM requirements.

Degree Structures, Requirements and Procedures

Each undergraduate degree program has distinct overall purposes reflected structurally in the curricular time accorded to music and to other curricular components.  The professional undergraduate degree focuses on music, supported by a program in general studies.

Each graduate degree program must determine coursework requirements should provide a logical relationship between studies and experiences that develop knowledge and skills, and those that evaluate progress.

Admission to the Program

Institutions are responsible for establishing specific admission requirements for their undergraduate and graduate programs.  Admission standards must be sufficiently high to predict the prospect of success in the program for which the student is enrolling.  Diversities of previous education, background, and interests of applicants should be considered in assessments of potential as appropriate to the specific purposes of the individual degree programs.