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Quality Indicators & Accreditation

Our Mission

Our mission statement is the window through which we view all of our efforts in teaching, scholarship, research, and service:

Consistent with the mission of the University and the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Music is dedicated to sharing a personal commitment to musical excellence as exemplified in creative activities, research, teaching, and public performances contributing to the expansion of knowledge in the field of music. This personal commitment to our students encourages them to think creatively, speak effectively, and write critically. Through musical performances and sponsorship of musical activities, the music department strives to enrich the cultural, aesthetic and creative life of the university, the community, the region and the nation.

The Department of Music is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), The Kansas Department of Education (KSDE), and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The Department of Music utilizes the review and self-assessment required by these accrediting associations to achieve continuous improvement and accountability for its various programs.

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Washburn University prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, or marital or parental status. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Dr. Pamela Foster, Equal Opportunity Director/Title IX Coordinator, Washburn University, 1700 SW College Ave, Topeka, Kansas 66621, 785.670.1509,

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