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MVNU Music Department earns full accreditation

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio —The Mount Vernon Nazarene University Music Department is pleased to announce that all programs and degrees within the department have been reaccredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Having received initial accreditation in 2009, the MVNU music program moves from associate member status to full member status.

This reaccreditation was given after a thorough self-evaluation of each program within the Music Department followed by a comprehensive on-site review. The review team compiled a report, which was reviewed by the NASM commission, the decision-making body for accreditation. The MVNU Music Department was then given the opportunity to offer responses to the commission. The reaccreditation process was completed over a period of two and a half years.

“This is great news for our music programs at MVNU,” said department chair Dr. John Packard. “We knew we were providing outstanding music education to our students, but it’s a pleasure — and useful — to be affirmed by an external agency like NASM.”

Founded in 1924, NASM is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities with approximately 643 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for music and music-related disciplines. It also provides assistance to institutions and individuals engaged in artistic, scholarly, educational, and other music-related endeavors (

The Music Department thanks all who support and encourage MVNU students who pursue study within the musical arts.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 31 states and 22 countries/U.S. territories.