Music Department of Moravian College received its first full accreditation
from the National Association of Schools of Music in June. This
official recognition lasts 10 years and was granted after a five-year
probationary accreditation and a two-year evaluation process were
completed earlier this year.
E. Barnes, director of instrumental music and chair of the department,
said the NASM certification acknowledges that Moravian’s Music Department
is “among the best institutions in the country.”
is the only institution in the Lehigh Valley to be accredited in
music and one of just 29 in the state. Since NASM was organized
in 1924, it has accredited 584 schools.
recognizes that the College comes up to national standards in its
seven degree programs, which include the Bachelor of Arts with a
major in music or in music/elementary education and the Bachelor
of Music in music education, performance, composition, sacred music,
or performance (jazz).
granting of full accreditation is a seal of approval. “It means
we’re headed in the right direction,” Barnes said.