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National Association of Schools of Music Grants APU Full Membership

December 11, 2007

AZUSA, Calif. –

Azusa Pacific University’s School of Music recently received full membership status with the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), bypassing the Associate Membership level which is often given to first-time applicants, due to the university’s fully developed program. This first-time national accreditation reflects the high quality of the university’s music programs, faculty, and graduates.

“The School of Music now joins a national conversation with other institutions as standards, policies, and vision for the future are determined for students entering the field of music,” said Duane Funderburk, dean of the School of Music. “This professional accreditation has been a long-time goal of the university as we strive to pursue God-honoring excellence and reach for the highest levels of academic achievement.”

Founded in 1924, NASM establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees through a process of peer review and accreditation. An organization of schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities, NASM has more than 600 accredited institutional members. NASM will re-evaluate APU’s School of Music in four years to ensure standards continue to be met for accreditation status.

APU’s School of Music offers a Bachelor of Arts in Music with emphases in theory, applied music, education, commercial music, and church music; a Bachelor of Music in Performance; and Master of Music degrees in Music Education, Conducting, and Performance. For more information or a brochure with concert listings, contact (626) 815-3848.

Featured in TIME magazine and ranked as one of the nation’s best by U.S.News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Azusa Pacific is a comprehensive, Christian, evangelical university, committed to God First and known for excellence in higher education. Azusa Pacific’s main campus lies just 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley, while its seven Southern California regional centers bring convenience and extend quality programming. The university offers more than 50 areas of undergraduate study, 23 master's degrees, and 7 doctorates to a total student population of more than 8,100.


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