Magazine article The American Organist

From the Executive Director

Magazine article The American Organist

From the Executive Director

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Enrollments of Organ Majors 2005-2006

In May of each year we publish statistics about the enrollments of organ majors as compiled by Higher Education Arts Data Services, an organization that conducts detailed research analyses for the National Association of Schools of Music. The data that appear below reflect the reported number of organ majors enrolled in NASM schools for the fall semester of each year shown. The figures are based on the annual reports submitted by NASM member institutions.

As even the most cursory glance at the chart will indicate, the population of students enrolled as organ majors was down across the board from the fall of 2004 to the fall of 2005. The number of students majoring at the baccalaureate level dropped 15% to 237 from 276. In the past two years, this figure has dropped nearly 29%. The number of candidates studying at the master's degree level fell nearly 24% from 2004-2005 to 2005-2006, dipping sharply from 161 to 123. At the doctoral level, the decrease in organ majors was about 15% from 163 to 138. In sum, the total number of students enrolled as organ majors in the fall of 2005 was only 498 compared to 600 in 2004 and 637 in 2003, a falloff of 17% in one year and 22% in two years.

Mark Marion, a research associate for NASM, notes in an e-mail communication that "The drop in [baccalaureate] enrollment numbers for Fall 2005 to 237 can be attributed to several factors, not the least of which is that only 111 institutions participating in the survey reported a Bachelor of Music Degree Program or Other Professional Degree Program (65% Music Content) in Organ. …

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