Bethel College Receives National Accreditation in Music
By Public Relations
January 17, 2008
The National Association of Schools
of Music (NASM) recently awarded Bethel
College's music department national
accreditation, making it an official School
of Music. The
accreditation grants Bethel
immediate full membership for five years in the 610 member organization.
recognition strengthens the entire institution. It is the first of our
specialized accreditations to be granted to a program in the liberal arts; this
is a significant achievement and important for our institutional identity,"
said Jim Stump, Vice President for Academic Services.
Bob Ham, Division
Chair and Associate Professor of Music, said "NASM accreditation benefits our
college and our students by validating that we are providing professional
leadership in music training and developing a context for the professional
growth of musicians as artists, scholars, teachers and participants in music
and music related enterprises."
There are a number
of determining factors for accreditation, including such things as curriculum,
strength and qualifications of faculty, facilities, and strategic planning.
Several changes have taken place within the department as part of the
accreditation. A class in instrumental pedagogy has been added, and the music
library has been expanded. There are also plans to add a new faculty position
in Instrumental Music Education, as well as continual strengthening and
improving of music courses, ensembles and degree programs.
programs have always been among the best things we do as an institution.
I am very pleased that they have received recognition for their excellence,"
is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering
associates, bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The
current enrollment of more than 2,000 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 12 countries, more than 25 denominations and
16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available
based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the
arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. Bethel
offers classes at four locations: the Mishawaka
campus, the Elkhart Campus and two satellite locations (in Nappanee and in Dowagiac, Mich.).
The main Bethel campus is situated on 75 wooded
acres in Mishawaka, Ind.
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