Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
Date: July 15, 2013
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University's music program has been re-accredited by the
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
Based in Reston, Va., NASM was established in 1924 and is a 644-member organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials.
Interim Head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts Ken Boulton said accreditation is a process by which a program periodically evaluates its work and seeks an independent judgment by peers that it achieves substantially its own educational objectives and meets the established standards of the accrediting body.
"The NASM re-accreditation is a significant affirmation of our standard of music instruction, performance, and productivity," Boulton said. "In short, it means everything to the value of our undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as the commitment of our entire faculty."
Boulton added that typically the accreditation process includes a self-evaluative description of the department; an on-site review by a team of evaluators; and a judgment by an accreditation decision-making body.
"The department is evaluated by NASM every 10 years and includes a site visit," he said. "Accreditation reviews focus on educational quality, institutional integrity and educational improvements."
Southeastern's Music Department offers the following music degrees: Bachelor of Music, Concentration in Vocal Performance; Bachelor of Music, Concentration in Instrumental Performance; Bachelor of Music, Concentration in Piano Performance; Bachelor of Music, Concentration in Vocal Education; Bachelor of Music, Concentration in Instrumental Education; Master of Music, Concentration in Performance; and Master of Music, Concentration in Music Theory.
For additional information, contact the Music Department at 985-549-2184.