Department of Music Receives Accreditation by National Association of Schools of Music
Publication Date: 9/21/2012
The Rhodes College Department of Music has been granted accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Founded in 1924, NASM is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities with more than 600 accredited institutional members. Burnet C. Tuthill, who in 1934 established the Rhodes Singers as the concert choir for the college, was cofounder of NASM. It is the only accrediting agency covering the entire field of music recognized by the United States Department of Education.
“This accreditation is a huge step for the Department of Music in terms of competing with other schools in recruitment and retention of faculty and students,” says Dr. William Skoog, chair of the department. “This essentially tells someone that the standards for music are very high here, and that expectations for incoming students and faculty are high as well.”
After its comprehensive, rigorous, three-year review, NASM described Rhodes faculty, students, administration, resources, support for the arts, and curriculum as being extremely strong. “They feel that we are well-positioned to be a unique department of music within a selective liberal arts college environment,” says Skoog. “They concluded that Rhodes has potential to draw extremely bright and talented students to study music, and that the college is unique in its holistic offerings and diversity of opportunities.”
The Department of Music will go through another review process in five years. “This is not a small, nor short-term, commitment, but rather long term. It is critical to ensure that our standards remain high in all areas of operation and continue to improve in the future,” adds Skoog. “It also says a great deal about the support of the college administration, without whose support this could not, and would not, happen.”
Opportunities in music at Rhodes reach across campus and beyond through internships, service, and research. Rhodes music students are eligible for internships at Opera Memphis, the Stax Museum, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and the Blues Foundation, among others. In recent years, ensembles have performed in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Salzburg,Vienna, and Rome. Graduates have gone on to Harvard, Northwestern, the Eastman School of Music, and the San Francisco Conservatory, among others.
For more information about the Department of Music, visit http://www.rhodes.edu/music