Bethel College Receives National Accreditation in Music

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.

"This 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.

"Our music 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," Stump said.



Bethel College 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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