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UNI School of Music continues to succeed

February 8, 2012

John Vallentine, director, UNI School of Music, 319-273-2024,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) Commission on Accreditation has voted to continue the University of Northern Iowa's School of Music in good standing through 2021. The School of Music has been an institutional member of NASM since 1942. More than 340 music majors are enrolled in degree programs in the School of Music, along with hundreds of other UNI students who participate in more than 15 ensembles. The UNI School of Music has the largest number of graduates teaching in Iowa’s schools. Jazz Band One

NASM, founded in 1924, is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities with approximately 636 accredited institutional members. The major responsibility of the association is the accreditation of education programs in music; including the establishment of curricular standards and guidelines for specific degrees and credentials. NASM is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the agency responsible for the accreditation of all music curricula.

"Our faculty members are very pleased with the outcome after completing an extensive self-study and being assessed by NASM evaluators," stated John Vallentine, director of the UNI School of Music. "We are extremely proud of this continuing recognition of the success of our students and faculty at UNI."

In addition to the reaccreditation, NASM approved new degree tracks in Jazz Studies, Music Technology, Performing Arts Management and String Pedagogy, all part of an extensive Bachelor of Arts degree program.  A new Master of Music in Performance degree specializing in multiple woodwinds was also approved.

For additional information, contact Vallentine at 319-273-2024 or