NYSSMA is the New York State School Music Association. It is a professional association of music teachers from throughout New York State. NYSSMA’s parent organization is The National Association for Music Education. NYSSMA’s mission is to advocate for and promote music education in New York. They sponsor conferences and professional development opportunities for its teacher members, proactively advocate for music education throughout the state, and present many programs for students in its member schools.
NYSSMA is best known for sponsoring festivals each spring in which students have the opportunity to perform solos and small ensembles (duets, trios, etc.) for an impartial adjudication. This process has long been held up as one of the finest examples of authentic assessment and is designed to help students to improve their musical abilities. Participation in NYSSMA is voluntary and provides students an opportunity to evaluate their own level of achievement and to set goals for making progress.
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2023 NYSSMA Festival Dates for Syosset CSD Students:
Syosset Central School District students will attend the following NYSSMA Solo and Ensemble Festivals this spring.
Click on the festival for a copy of the application for that festival.
Each has a different application:
Application Deadline: Friday, January 6, 2023
All applications and fees must be turned in to your music teacher by January 6th.
Students not enrolled in a music course can turn in their application to any music teacher in their school.
Contact your music teacher for more information.
2023 NYSSMA Festival Fees
Level 1-4 solos/ensembles: $16.00
Level 5 & 6 solos/ensembles: $24.00
Levels 1-4 Harp: $16.00
Piano Participation fees
Level 1-4: $22.00
Level 5-6: $30.00