Collegiate Updates

June 2022

We hope you are enjoying the beginning of summer! Here are some updates as we start planning for the 2022-2023 school year!

  • The 2022 NYSSMA Summer Conference will be held in Albany, NY on August 14th-16th, 2022! It only costs $30 for C-NYSSMA members to attend, so please consider attending this conference as a way to gain more professional development experience and connect with your future colleagues! 
  • C-NYSSMA will be hosting our annual Summer Collegiate Virtual Summit again this year! Stay tuned for more specific dates, times, and session information.
  • The 2022 NYSSMA Winter Conference dates are December 1st-4th, 2022. The conference will take place at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. We intend to put on a number of C-NYSSMA sessions at this conference, so stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to the event.
  • The 2023 NAfME All-Eastern Conference will be held in Rochester, NY! We are excited to be the host state for this biennial conference, and hope to be able to host C-NYSSMA sessions there as well! The dates for this conference are April 14th-16th, 2023. More information will be posted as it comes.

May 2022

Best of luck with the end of the semester! Congratulations to C-NYSSMA members in the Class of 2022! We are so proud of your hard work and dedication to your studies and to future generations of students you will teach. Here are some updates before we head into the summer:

  • The 2022-2023 E-Board has been elected and is eager to start working on the upcoming year’s events! You can learn more about them on the “C-NYSSMA Officers” page.
  • If your chapter is interested in hosting the 2024 Biennial Collegiate Summit, please work on a 5 minute presentation on what your chapter could provide as hosts. More information will be coming soon.

 

April 2022

We’re in the home stretch! Here are this month’s updates:

  • new interest form has been sent out for our potential Leadership Summit (to replace the cancelled 2022 Biennial Collegiate Conference). Please fill this form out as soon as possible so we can plan!
  • If your chapter is interested in hosting the 2024 Biennial Collegiate Summit, please work on a 5 minute presentation on what your chapter could provide as hosts. More information will be coming soon.

 

March 2022

Hopefully your semester is going well! Here are some important updates about C-NYSSMA events for the rest of the year:

  • Reminder: The Biennial Collegiate Conference has been CANCELLED. We are hoping to do some virtual professional development events in lieu of the conference. An email has been sent out by Province Representatives with information for a potential Leadership Summit. Please fill it out ASAP so we can do our best to plan! 
  • Interested in running for a C-NYSSMA E-Board position? Keep an eye out for more information about the 2022-2023 election process.
  • If your chapter is interested in hosting the 2024 Biennial Collegiate Summit, please work on a 5 minute presentation on what your chapter could provide as hosts. More information will be coming soon.

 

February 2022

We hope the start of your Spring semester is going well! There are some BIG updates this month:

  • Joeseph Sugar Day has been moved to a virtual format. More information will be sent out soon.
  • The Biennial Collegiate Conference has been CANCELLED. We are hoping to do some virtual professional development events in lieu of the conference. Stay tuned for further updates.
  • Interested in running for a C-NYSSMA E-Board position? Keep an eye out for more information about the 2022-2023 election process.

 

January 2022

Happy New Year! We are very excited about the events planned for 2022.

  • The Spring 2022 Newsletter will be coming out soon! Keep an eye on your emails.
  • We had a very successful Winter Conference last month! The E-Board loved getting to meet and connect with you all throughout the weekend. If you have any feedback from your experience at the conference, please fill out this form
  • March 1st-31st, 2022 is Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM)! Please share your MIOSM experiences on social media and tag us in it so we can promote your chapters.
  • As of now, Joseph Sugar Day will be occurring in person on Monday, March 7th, 2022 in Albany, NY. This is an opportunity for you to advocate for music education to the New York State lawmakers in Albany. More information will be coming shortly.
  • The Biennial Collegiate Summit will be occurring in person on March 25th-26th, 2022 at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. If you/your chapter members are struggling to get approval to attend this conference, please reach out to your Province Representative for assistance. More information will be coming soon!
  • Interested in running for a C-NYSSMA E-Board position? Keep an eye out for more information about the 2022-2023 election process.

 

December 2021

Here are some updates as we wrap up 2021:

  • As of now, Joseph Sugar Day will be occurring in person on Monday, March 7th, 2022 in Albany, NY. This is an opportunity for you to advocate for music education to the New York State lawmakers in Albany. 
  • The Biennial Collegiate Summit will be occurring in person on March 25th-26th, 2022 at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. If you/your chapter members are struggling to get approval to attend this conference, please reach out to your Province Representative for assistance. More information will be coming soon!
  • Happy Holidays! We hope you can all find some time to relax a little between semesters. Check back for more information as we head into 2022!

 

November 2021

The 2021 NYSSMA Winter Conference is almost here! Here’s some information that you might find helpful:

  • The 2021 NYSSMA Winter Conference will be held in person on December 2nd-4th, 2021 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center in Rochester, NY.
  • The 2021 NYSSMA Winter Conference requires that all attendees wear a mask at all times during the conference. All attendees also must provide proof of vaccination OR a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arriving at the convention center.
  • Below is a list of all the C-NYSSMA events that will be happening at the 2021 NYSSMA Winter Conference. All events (unless otherwise announced) will take place in the CC Riverside Court (under the main staircase).
    • Thursday, 12/2/21, 4:15pm-5:15pm – So You Got A Job in An Urban School. Now What?
    • Friday, 12/3/21, 8:15am-9:15am – Advocacy in Your Collegiate Setting
    • Friday, 12/3/21, 9:30am-10:30am – Student Teaching Panel Session
    • Friday, 12/3/21, 10:45am-11:45am – It’s More Than the Music: Lessons I learned as a novice teacher in an urban classroom
    • Friday, 12/3/21, 1:15pm-2:15pm – Standing Out in Order to Get In: How to land that first job
    • Friday, 12/3/21, 2:30pm-3:30pm – If I Only Knew Then…
    • Friday, 12/3/21, 6:00pm-7:00pm – Collegiate Business Meeting and Dinner
    • Friday, 12/3/21, 7:00pm-8:00pm – Collegiate Interaction Hour
    • Saturday, 12/4/21, 8:15am-9:15am – Taking the Extra Step: Getting the most from your student teaching experience
    • Saturday, 12/4/21, 9:30am-10:30am – Surviving AND Thriving: Success in the initial years
    • Saturday, 12/4/21, 1:15pm-2:15pm – The Ins and Outs of Interviewing
  • We look forward to meeting many of you in person for the first time!!

 

October 2021

We hope you are having a fantastic semester so far! Here is some information that will be helpful for you as the 2021 NYSSMA Winter Conference approaches:

  • The 2021 NYSSMA Winter Conference requires that all attendees wear a mask at all times during the conference. All attendees also must provide proof of vaccination OR a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arriving at the convention center.
  • If your chapter is struggling to get approval to travel to the 2021 NYSSMA Winter Conference, please reach out to your Province Representative for assistance.
  • The Biennial 2022 State Collegiate Conference will be held on March 25th-26th, 2022 at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. If you are interested in submitting a collegiate presentation proposal, visit this site for more information.
  • Stay tuned for more specific information about the C-NYSSMA sessions that will be happening at the 2021 NYSSMA Winter Conference!

 

September 2021

Welcome back to the school year! Here are some updates on what the year brings for C-NYSSMA members:

  • Fall 2021 Newsletters will be sent out to Province Representatives soon. If you are a collegiate advisor and you do not receive the newsletter, please reach out to your C-NYSSMA Province Representative to make sure they have the correct contact information for you.
  • Registration for the 2021 NYSSMA Winter Conference is now open! Visit nyssma.org for more information.
  • NAfME has announced Collegiate Kickoff Week as a celebration of student members of NAfME! This week is focused on recruiting and team-building activities led by each school’s NAfME Chapter. Collegiate Kickoff Week will take place September 13th-17th. We encourage all C-NYSSMA Chapters to participate in this week-long event and share your experience with us on social media! More information can be found here.
  • Check back again for future updates!

 

August 2021

As summer starts to wind down, here are some updates about what C-NYSSMA has been up to:

  • There will be three C-NYSSMA sessions at the 2021 NYSSMA Summer Conference. All three sessions will be held back to back on the evening of August 17th, 2021. 
    • 6pm-6:40pm: Building Chapter Engagement – 2021-2022 State Collegiate Executive Board Members and Dr. Keith Koster, State Collegiate Advisor
    • 6:50pm-7:30pm: Navigating the Student Teaching Experience – Morgan Beaton, Julia Turner, Allyson Greenstein, Kayleigh Junz, and Emma Clive
    • 7:40pm-8:20pm: Exploring Leadership both in the Classroom and the Profession – Executive Members of NYSSMA and State Collegiate Executive Board
  • The majority of C-NYSSMA sessions at the 2021 NYSSMA Winter Conference will be held on Friday, December 3rd. 
  • Stay tuned for more information! Enjoy the rest of your summer!

 

July 2021

We hope you are enjoying your summer! Here’s what C-NYSSMA has planned for the upcoming year:

  • The 2021 NYSSMA Summer Conference will be held virtually on August 15-17th, 2021. There will be multiple C-NYSSMA events at this conference!
  • As of now, the 2021 NYSSMA Winter Conference is being held in person on December 2nd-4th, 2021 in Rochester, NY. C-NYSSMA will be hosting 10 sessions that are designed specifically for collegiate members. More information to come!
  • As of now, the 2022 State Collegiate Conference will be held in person on March 25-26th, 2022 in Syracuse, NY. More information to come!

 

June 2021

Hoping your summer break is going well so far. Here are a few updates from this month’s meeting:

  • The new e-board held their monthly meeting to discuss upcoming events such as the Collegiate Advocacy Summit, which happens June 24-25, 2021. If you’re interested in attending this virtual event, here is the link to the NAfME website: https://nafme.org/advocacy/nafme-collegiate-advocacy-summit/
  • Stay tuned for more updates!

 

May 2021

Happy summer break! There aren’t too many new updates this month, but here are a few things that have happened:

  • The new collegiate NYSSMA e-board assumed all new positions this month and held their first meeting. 
  • Stay tuned for more!

 

April 2021

Happy spring! As the semester comes to a close, the collegiate e-board has been busy in their last month together. Here are a few updates to be aware of:

  • The collegiate e-board presented two sessions at the NAfME Eastern Division Conference. The first session, “Passing The Torch: Fostering The Next Generation of Music Educators”, was about how chapters can work with other chapters, community members, educators in the area, etc. The second session , ” Collegiate Chapter Engagement and Best Practices: Here’s How”, was about engaging with members in your NAfME chapter, as well as ways to get members actively involved and having fun!
  • The elections for new officers has closed, and the new collegiate NYSSMA e-board has been selected for the 2021-2022 school year. 
  • Stay tuned for more updates, and have a safe and healthy rest of your semester. 

 

March 2021

Happy Music in Our Schools Month! There are many exciting updates and projects underway for the E-Board. Here are just a few of them:

  • The Collegiate President now has their own email from NYSSMA. You can reach them at collpres@nyssma.org with any questions.
  • The E-Board will be presenting 2 sessions at the NAfME Eastern Division Conference. They are currently planning and refining the sessions. Stay tuned for more information on when and how to view these session!
  • Calling all collegiate members! We need more applause videos for the virtual NYSSMA All-State Ensembles. They are hoping to fill the auditorium to commend these students for their hardwork and musicality. Here is the link to get involved. 
  • The Website has continuously been updated with information and links. Check out our new tabs!

 

February 2021

This month, the NAfME Eastern Division Conference Registration opened! Check our main page for the link to register and find out more information. Also, they began accepting applications for state officers for the year of 2021-2022. Those links are posted on the main page as well as the “Important Documents” tab. As always, feel free to reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns.

 

January 2021

Happy New Year from the Collegiate Executive Board! We hope you have all had a safe and happy holiday season. Meanwhile, the E-Board has been working on several exciting projects for Collegiate-NYSSMA. They include:

  • Updating the Spring Newsletter to send out – All Officers
  • Submitting conference proposals for the NAfME Eastern Division Conference – Dr. Koster, Daria Barteldt, Chris McAfee, Morgan Beaton, Emma Clive
  • Converting the State Officer Position Application to a virtual format (see the “Collegiate-NYSSMA” main page and “Important Documents” to access the links and apply) – Dr. Koster and Emma Clive
  • Updating the Collegiate-NYSSMA Website with new features. We have added two tabs -“Collegiate Conference” and “FAQs” to our portion of the website. – Morgan Beaton

Applications for the Collegiate Executive Board are now virtual and accepting submissions. Visit our main page or the “Important Documents” tab for more information. Also, if your chapter would like to be featured on the Collegiate-NYSSMA social media, please reach out to Morgan Beaton by email (mbeaton8@mail.naz.edu). Stay tuned for more updates!

 

December 2020

The 2020 NYSSMA Cyber Summit will run from December 3rd to December 5th virtually. Here are the pictures from the 2020 NYSSMA Cyber Summit!

Meet the Collegiate Executive Board session with NAfME President Mackie Spradley

 

Student Teaching Panel

 

November 2020

The State E-Board met in November to discuss and plan the collegiate sessions for the NYSSMA Cyber Winter Conference. There will be a Student Teaching Panel on Friday evening (Dec. 4th at 7:30PM) and a Meet the E-Board session on Saturday morning of the conference (Dec. 5th at 10:00AM). Be sure you have renewed your collegiate NYSSMA membership and have registered for the conference in order to attend!

October 2020

As the semester progresses, the State E-Board has continued to reach out to chapters across the state. Although they did not meet in October, they are getting ready to meet in November to discuss and organize collegiate conference sessions at the 2020 NYSSMA Cyber Summit. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Koster or any of the officers!

 

September 2020

This month, our collegiate members are returning to school amidst a lot of uncertainty. Despite this C-NYSSMA/C-NAfME chapters across the state are continuing to provide events virtually and in person. The Collegiate State E-Board is continuing to work by compiling COVID resources for music teachers as well as updating our Fall Newsletter which is has been posted under the “Important Documents” tab!

 

August 2020

As summer winds down, the Collegiate State E-Board has continued to reach out to chapters and work on useful documents/resources for collegiate members. Here are some updates as to what has been accomplished:

  • A newly revised NAfME-Collegiate/Collegiate-NYSSMA Constitution (found under “Important Documents”) – All Officers
  • A new handbook with information for planning and hosting the collegiate conference (found under “Important Document”) – Dr. Koster
  • A new handbook with information about starting a new chapter and maintaining an established chapter (still under revision) – Dr. Koster and Morgan Beaton
  • A meeting with chapter leadership (meeting minutes can be found under “Important Documents”) – All Officers
  • Continuing to edit the website, Facebook, and Instagram – Morgan Beaton
  • Continuing to email chapter advisors across the state – Julia Turner, Madison Yung, Halie Carden, Julia Stowell, Joseph Benedict, and Kieran DeMaria

Also, the Collegiate State E-Board wants to feature chapters on their social media! If your chapter is doing anything that you wish to share, please email or message Morgan Beaton at mbeaton8@mail.naz.edu.

 

July 2020

This month, the Collegiate State E-Board is continuing to reach out to chapters. The Province Representatives are working hard to compile chapter information and have also developed goals/platforms for their term. Here are some of their statements:

  • Julia Turner (Province 1): “This year I would really like to get Province One more involved with the rest of the state while also making connections between schools in Western New York. I would like to gain insight and ideas from other collegiate chapters across the state and offer them to my province and home chapter at Fredonia so we can continue to improve as educators!”
  • Madi Yung (Province 2): “One of my goals is to have more communication between the four schools in province two. My hope is to have a province two get together once a year so we can meet students in other chapters and get to know one another as well as exchange ideas for fundraisers, events, etc. Another goal of mine is to encourage a larger collegiate presence at the Winter NYSSMA Conference.”
  • Julia Stowell (Province 4/5): “This year, I plan to improve communication between chapters, and encourage events at the state and local levels. We are the future of music education!”
  • Joseph Benedict (Province 6): “This year I hope to build stronger connections between colleges. Building these connections can help us to find new, creative ways to engage with music or help foster our own passions for music. “
  • Kieran DeMaria (Province 7): “I hope that now more than ever we are able to come together as Collegiate NYSSMA members not only to support each other, but to support our schools, our communities, and most importantly our students to the best of our abilities.”

Additionally, there is a new FB group called “Collegiate-NYSSMA Leadership” intended for the presidents of chapters to convene and discuss chapter practices. If you are involved with chapter leadership and have not joined the group, feel free to check it out and join!

 

Collegiate Advocacy Summit (2020)

On June 23rd and 24th, over 110 collegiate members from across the country virtually attended the Collegiate Advocacy Summit. At this conference, we learned important leadership skills, and how to advocate at the local, state, and national level. On behalf of the NY collegiates, thank you to those who organized this conference. It was a wonderful professional development opportunity!

If you were unable to attend the conference, the Collegiate State E-Board compiled notes and resources for you! Visit the “Important Documents” tab to access these notes and handouts.

 

June 2020

This month the Collegiate State E-Board continues to work on projects for the upcoming year. To view the full minutes from the officer meetings, visit the “Important Documents” tab. Here are some of the projects that are underway:

  • Finding digital music education resources for collegiate – Daria Barteldt and Chris McAfee
  • Creating digital forms for documents that were previously distributed as hard copies (Travel Reimbursement, State Officer Applications, etc.) – Emma Clive and Dr. Koster
  • Editing the website, Facebook, and Instagram – Morgan Beaton
  • Emailing chapter advisors across the state – Julia Turner, Madison Yung, Halie Carden, Julia Stowell, Joseph Benedict, and Kieran DeMaria
  • Continuing to edit the State Constitution  – All Officers

Also, it has been announced that the Collegiate Advocacy Summit will be a virtual event this year. It will occur June 23rd – 25th. For more information, visit NAfME.

 

May 2020

The month of May is quite busy for the Collegiate State E-Board. On May 1st, the 2020-2021 officers officially assumed their positions. They are grateful for all of the hard work the previous officers put in and hope to continue their momentum into this next year.

Since assuming their positions, the State Board has had a series of small informal meetings to discuss their platforms and goals for the coming year. Here is a quick look at what has been discussed so far:

  • Daria Barteldt (President): “My goal for this upcoming year is to continue opening the communication between chapters and provinces throughout the state. Also, I would like to discover and provide virtual and technological resources to prepare collegiate members for the professional field.”
  • Chris McAfee (President-Elect): “With a strengthening of collaboration throughout the state, we can share valuable ideas and work together in developing ourselves as future music educators and as active members of NYSSMA. It is my goal to see our state collegiate chapter run with the same or greater value of opportunity as the in-service organization.”
  • Emma Clive (Secretary-Treasurer): “This year I hope to encourage more collegiate involvement on the local, state and national levels because we are the future of the music education field! Along with this, I believe that communication and working together will strengthen Collegiate-NYSSMA as a whole while bringing chapters and provinces together.”
  • Morgan Beaton (Web Editor): “My goal for this year is to continue improving communication between collegiate chapters. It is important that we create a collegiate NYSSMA community as it will allow for further networking and professional development.”

In other news, members of the E-Board have revised the Collegiate-NYSSMA Constitution which will be posted in the “Important Documents” tab of this website once finalized. Also in that tab, Dr. Koster has written and provided a helpful handbook for hosting a state collegiate conference. 

Finally, the Collegiate-NYSSMA website has been re-organized. There are new tabs, more PDF’s, updated chapter information with hyperlinks, and new headshots and bios from the officers. Feel free to check it out!