Music Department Earns NASM Accreditation

Jul 16, 2014

by Cary McMullen | Publications Editor

Florida Southern College’s music department has reached a pinnacle in its standing among college and university departments of music. The National Association of Schools of Music, the oldest and most prestigious arts accrediting agency in the country, has granted accreditation to the FSC Department of Music.

With the accreditation, FSC joins almost 650 of the best schools of music in the nation, said Associate Professor of Music and Department Chair Paula Parsché ’71. NASM accreditation is looked for and expected by prospective top-level students and their families, and it will help the department continue to attract the best and most talented music students, she said.

“We demonstrated that we subscribe to the rigorous standards of NASM and that Florida Southern is the kind of institution that supports the arts,” she said.

NASM sets standards for academic work, performances, and institutional support of the program. The music department had to meet benchmarks for curriculum, proficiency of student performances, facilities, faculty credentials, and level of faculty skill in performing.