The Tabor College Music Department was notified Dec. 24 that the National Association of Schools of Music has granted full renewal of membership.
Accredited institutional membership gives full approval of current majors within the music program: piano pedagogy, music education, sacred music and music composition.
Brad Vogel, department chair and professor of choral music, said renewal is an honor for Tabor.
?To meet the same standards required of schools such as the Eastman School of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music demonstrates that the content and quality of instruction and performance at Tabor College is at a high level,? Vogel said.
?I am very proud of our faculty and staff, as well as the performance of our students, in achieving this full accreditation.?
President Jules Glanzer, said, ?Receiving affirmation from an external agency is a sign of the quality and excellence of the Tabor program. Quality is an important part of the Tabor experience.?
Tabor is near completion of a $16.2 million fine arts campaign, of which $9 million will be used to build a new center for the arts. Groundbreaking is tentatively scheduled for May.
Tabor is one of four schools in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Confer?ence that is member of NASM. Only 14 Kansas colleges, including NCAA Division I and II schools, are members of NASM.
The process for renewal began with a self study completed by Vogel in summer 2013, demonstrating compliance with NASM guidelines. A two-member NASM team completed a site visit in October 2013. A commission report was issued last fall.
NASM was founded in 1924 and is an association of about 647 schools of music, primarily at the collegiate level, but also including post-secondary, non-degree-granting schools of music. It is the national accrediting agency for music and music-related disciplines.
The next time Tabor will need to seek renewal of its NASM membership will be 2023-24.