The Curricular Standards of NASM and Their Impact on Local Decision Making

Don Gibson


This essay seeks to clarify the extent to which the standards articulated in the NASM Handbook shape local decisions concerning specific content in and time allocations dedicated to the undergraduate curricular area of music history.  A review of the sections of the Handbook dedicated to this content provides ample evidence that the standards do not constrain curricular decision making. Rather, they are more properly viewed as a vehicle to ensure the ongoing presence of music history in undergraduate curricula.

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