Music department gets NASM accreditation

The Richland College music department is now nationally recognized as one of the top music schools in the country. Richland received accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Richland is the first new accreditation in Texas in the past 51 years and is now one of four two-year institutions in Texas to be nationally accredited by NASM.

NASM is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities. It was founded in 1924 to ensure national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for music and music-related disciplines and provides assistance to institutions and individuals engaged in artistic, scholarly, educational and other music-related endeavors.

The accreditation is a result of five years of work. Richland was evaluated last year and narrowly missed out, but this year the music department made sure to fix all the issues after going through a rigorous application process.

Richland students during “Portraits of Night,” in the fall 2017 music department concert. 

Richland students during “Portraits of Night,” in the fall 2017 music department concert. 

Department Chair Derrick Logozzo said, “The first three years, we had to apply, we had to go to some conference training [and] we had to bring in a person to come here from Philadelphia and say this is how you do it and we made some adjustments.”

“The freshman and sophomore years that a two-year college student goes through here in our music department according to NASM are equivalent in quality and quantity to the first two years of freshman/sophomore years of any student going to an accredited NASM four-year university.”

Ultimately, Logozzo said that Richland College “will have a bigger voice at the state level with our degree plans and going down to Austin and talking with any kind of congressional representatives because we have an accreditation that backs up what we are doing here on a daily basis.”

The Richland College Music Department offers band, choir, jazz, orchestra and steel band programs; training students and building base-level credentials in student musicians to be creative outlets and music professionals.