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(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)--Moravian College’s music department recently received full re-accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) for each of its programs. The re-accreditation became effective as of June 6, 2001. The study began during the 1999-2000 academic year and the request was granted in May 200. It will remain in affect until the 2009-2010 school year, which is the longest an institution can stay accredited before reapplying.
Moravian College first received accreditation in music in 1995. It is the only institution in the Lehigh Valley to be accredited in music and one of 29 in the state. A total of 584 schools nationwide have earned accreditation since the program started in 1924.
Carol Traupman-Carr, associate dean for academic affairs, and head of the music department, is optimistic the re-accreditation will further boost enrollment.
"We know that’s what students look for," said Traupman-Carr. "Many schools don’t get accredited because they don’t want to teach liberal arts in their music programs." Moravian’s music programs generally consist of three-quarters music classes and one-quarter liberal arts classes.
In order to gain this status, the department had to devise a 170-page self-evaluation. NASM took a month to review the evaluation and then sent two music education experts at the college level to sit in on classes and practice sessions. While at Moravian they also interviewed students and faculty as part of their report.
The following majors were re-accredited:
Bachelor of Arts in Music
Bachelor of Music in Music Ed
Bachelor of Music in Composition
Bachelor of Music in Performance
A new program, Bachelor of Music in Sacred Music, will be accredited as soon as it graduates three students. There is currently one student involved in it. The program was designed to prepare students for careers as musicians in any religion and church.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.