The Clayton State University Division of Music, part of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts in the University’s College of Arts & Sciences, is honored to announce that it was granted full membership (accreditation) by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
NASM is a professional organization that specializes in accrediting degree and non-degree music programs at U.S. institutions of higher learning. Established in 1924, NASM helps support artistic and academic excellence by setting national standards for music study. It also conducts statistical research and policy analysis to promote the importance and achievements of music education.
Clayton State Division of Music was granted full membership at NASM’s annual meeting in November, 2012, a dream made real for one of Clayton State’s signature academic programs. Clayton State was initially granted associate membership in NASM in 2006, when the then-Department of Music was chaired by Dr. Douglas Wheeler.
“Our achievement of full membership in NASM, as a result of an extensive peer review process, acknowledges that Clayton State has been recognized to meet comprehensive national program standards held by college and university member programs nationwide,” says Dr. Susan Tusing.
NASM has 644 institutional members, including 21 public and private colleges and universities in Georgia. Tusing is chair of the Clayton State Department of Visual and Performing Arts, and Dr. Kurt-Alexander Zeller is program coordinator for Music.