Magazine article The American Organist

Enrollments of Organ Majors 2015-16

Magazine article The American Organist

Enrollments of Organ Majors 2015-16

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Each year, we present an updated statistical analysis of the enrollments of organ majors as compiled by the Higher Education Arts Data Services, an organization that conducts detailed research studies for the National Association of Schools of Music. Thanks to the professional courtesy of NASM Accreditation Coordinator Erin Moscony, we have been able to report and update these statistics annually since 1998.

The data below reflect the reported number of organ majors enrolled in NASM-accredited schools for the fall semesters of each year shown. The figures for 2015-16 are based on the annual reports submitted by 92 NASM member institutions with students enrolled in a bachelor's of music degree program in organ performance; 39 institutions with students enrolled in a master's degree program in organ performance; and 25 institutions with students enrolled in a doctoral degree program in organ performance in fall 2015.

Compared to last year, the number of organ performance majors seeking a baccalaureate degree decreased by 10% from 185 to 166, while the number of students seeking a master's degree inched up 1% from 78 to 79. The number of students enrolled in doctoral programs in organ performance dropped steeply by 12%, from 115 to 101. Overall, the number of organ majors enrolled in degree programs of NASM-accredited schools continued trending downward from 378 in fall 2014 to 346 in fall 2015, an 8% decrease. This was the ninth consecutive decrease in total enrollments and the eleventh in the last twelve years. …

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