The NASM has overseen the educational standards of schools offering music programs since 1924. It currently boasts a membership of approximately 644 institutions. The NASM uses peer review for determining eligibility for institutional membership and accreditation. It employs set expectations for the broad scope of undergraduate and graduate degree programs including music performance, composition, jazz studies, theater, and music education. Each is examined for relevance and difficulty of the coursework, degree requirements, admissions policies, and other factors. When evaluating a school for institutional membership, the NASM utilizes standards that are designed to “paint a picture” of the music department and its programs, and how it achieves its mission and goals.