Nationally Accredited

NASM Accredited

The Dewberry School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). George Mason University first gained NASM accreditation in November 1993 and has continued to be a member in good standing in subsequent years.

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According to national arts leaders that served as external reviewers of the George Mason University School of Music Academic Program Review in Spring 2021, the Dewberry School of Music was lauded for its many strengths, including:   

  • An excellent, high-caliber, dedicated, enthusiastic faculty 
  • A strong and well-supported relationship with the community and professional music performing groups 
  • A focused, positive, and enthusiastic student body 

Founded in 1924, the National Associations of Schools of Music (NASM) is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities with approximately 637 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials. Institutional Membership is gained only through the peer reviewed process of accreditation. 

“The primary purpose of schools of music is to help individual students turn talent, inspiration, creativity, and dedication into significant potential for service to the development of musical culture in its multiple dimensions. Therefore, the focus of NASM’s work is on issues of musical content and educational substance as applied to the preparation and training of musicians at the highest possible levels.” 

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