What is NYSSMA?
    NYSSMA stands for New York State School Music Association.  The New York State School Music Association’s annual Festival is an opportunity for students to receive an objective evaluation of musical performance.  The festival consists of a private performance before a judge, after which the student is evaluated.  Any student may participate in the festival. Students who participate in District-organized musical groups should consult with their teachers as to what would be an appropriate piece to prepare.  Students studying privately should consult with their private teachers.  A week or two prior to the festival, your child’s music teacher will review the piece offering final suggestions for preparations. 
    This year's NYSSMA Festival:
    Voice - March 25 & 26th @ Manhasset High School 
    Piano - March 15th & 16th 2019 @ Great Neck North HS
    Click your song at the side of this page to hear the practice recordings!
    Some things to know about NYSSMA:
       - Many students participating in NYSSMA study with a private teacher, but it is not required.
       - Photocopies are NOT allowed at the NYSSMA festival.  You are required to bring 2 music books with the sheet music to your song (one for you or your pianist, and one for the judge to look at).  Mrs. Johnson can lend you one book, but you must purchase another one for yourself. 
       - There are 6 levels of difficulty.  Levels I-IV are graded out of 28 points.  You can earn a score of "Outstanding", "Excellent", "Good", "Satisfactory", or "Needs Improvement".   
       - In addition to singing a solo song for the judge, you will sight read a short piece of music using Solfege (do re mi fa so la ti do).  To get better at this, Mrs. Johnson will have sight-reading practice before school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.