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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2021 Virtual NYSSMA Festivals (Revised 2/8/21)
In light of the current Global Pandemic, NYSSMA has developed a virtual platform that will be used for all adjudications and All-State auditions this year. The Virtual NYSSMA Festival presents a unique performance opportunity for our students, especially in a year where so many performance opportunities have been lost. Here is an overview of how this program will work for students in the Syosset Schools.
Students will register with their teacher using the forms below. There are specific upload dates for each festival and those dates are not flexible. During those dates the student will complete several tasks. (Note, some tasks are specific to certain instruments and do not need to be completed by all students)
Task 1: Registration Information completed by student.
Task 2: Upload a scanned .pdf of the music. (Note: all pages must be saved as one .pdf document)
Task 3: Upload pre-recorded video of scales, or rudiments (snare drum), or Roll and Tuning (timpani)
Task 4: Upload a pre-recorded video of a solo (Music be on continuous file)
Task 5: Improvisation (Instrumental and Vocal Jazz Only)
Task 6: Styles and Improvisation Requirements (Drum Set Only)
- There is no Sight Reading requirement this year.
- All repeats must be taken for Levels 1-3
- Repeats and Da Capos should NOT be played for Levels 4-6
- All vocal solos and all All-State solos must use either a pre-recorded or live piano accompaniment.
- All music performed for a NYSSMA rating must be selected from the current NYSSMA Manual (XXXII-July 2018).
2021 NYSSMA Fees:
Levels I-IV: $16.00
Levels V-VI: $24.00
All State: $30.00
Many families paid NYSSMA registration fees last year for festivals that were subsequently cancelled. Unless a refund was processed for those fees, 2020 fees will be rolled over to 2021. Our music teachers have a list of all rolled-over payments. The fees for piano have been lowered this year. Therefore, students that rolled over piano fees from last year are entitled to a $6.00 refund. To request a refund for fees paid last year, please send an e-mail to: email@example.com.
Click here for scale and rudiments requirements.
2021 Virtual NYSSMA Festivals for Syosset Students
Click on a Festival to See the Registration Form
Levels I-IV (including Jazz and Jazz Piano, but not Classical Piano or Classical Guitar)
Registration Due to Music Teachers: January 8, 2021
Upload Period: February 12-26, 2021
Classical Piano - All Levels
Registration Due to Music Teachers: January 15, 2021
Upload Period: February 26-March 5, 2021
Registration Due to Music Teachers: February 9, 2021
Upload Period: March 17-24, 2021
Levels V-VI, Harp (All Levels) and All State
Registration Due to Music Teachers: March 26, 2021
Upload Period: April 16-23, 2021
Vocal Jazz and All State Jazz (Vocal and Instrumental)
Registration Due to Music Teachers: March 19, 2021
Upload Period: April 30-May 7, 2021