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School of Music receives NASM approval for new, updated programs

ISSUED: 27 January 2021
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) has approved two new programs within Shepherd University’s School of Music—a Master of Art in Teaching music specialization and Bachelor of Music in piano performance. Both programs will be offered starting in fall 2021 semester.

Dr. Kurtis Adams, School of Music director, said the M.A.T. in music specialization is a new program and the B.M. in piano performance is an existing degree that has been updated to fit the expectations of professional pianists.

“Changes to the Bachelor of Music piano degree are something we engage in regularly to ensure that our degree offerings remain current with the professional expectations of our graduates,” Adams said. “This approval from NASM verifies that the degrees address a broad set of competencies in the study of music that are shared by all member institutions.”

Shepherd’s School of Music has been accredited by NASM for almost 30 years. For more information about Shepherd’s music programs, visit

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