NYSSMA Best Practices Committee

NYSSMA Best Practices Committee

What is the Best Practices Committee? 
This committee is looking at the best practices of teaching music in all music classes. We will be examining distance learning, hybrid learning, as well as in-person learning. 

Committee Members: If you have any best practice examples please reach out to the committee member from your Zone or any of the chairs. 



Check out our new website and resources. 

In June of 2020, NYSSMA President David M. Brown charged this ad-hoc committee with looking at best practices being utilized in our schools in light of the Covid-19 Global Pandemic. The committee got right to work reviewing and collecting a database of lessons and resources that have been tested and vetted. We decided to present our findings in the form of a navigable website to support K-12 decision makers and music educators. We understand that this is a very fluid and constantly changing situation. The information below has been compiled to the best of our ability using current, developed practices of music educators. This resource list is ever growing, and should be considered a fluid resource. You will also see that there is opportunity for educators to submit lessons and resources as well.


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NYSSMA Best Practices

Zone Name Level Area Email
Officer Robin DeSantis HS Instrumental  3rdVP@nyssma.org
Co-Chair Meghan Cabral ALL District Coordinator/HS band mcabral@carmelschools.org   
Co-Chair Gina Costanza Elem Vocal/GM gmcostanza@gmail.com
  Daria Bartledt College NYSSMA Collegiate Officer dbarteldt99@gmail.com
  Keith Koster College NYSSMA Collegiate Chair kkoster8@naz.edu
Officer Russ Fance HS NYSSMA President Elect presidentelect@nyssma.org
1 Andrew Bennett HS Instrumental bennett.andy@gmail.com
  Robert Pacillo HS Vocal rpacillo@lockportschools.net
2 Jason Decker MS Instrumental jdecker@letchworth.k12.ny.us
  Stephanie Jones Elem Vocal/GM Stephanie_jones@webstercsd.org
  Michael Wahl  MS Vocal/GM Michael_Wahl@pittsford.monroe.edu
3 Kris Gilbert MS Band/Modern Band/Music Tech krisgilbertmusic@yahoo.com
  Annmarie Gregory Elem Vocal/GM agregory@esmschools.org
4 Sarah DePalma HS Vocal/GM sdepalma@wboro.org
  Sara Chudow Elem Orchestra schudow@nhart.org
  Shawn DePalma HS Orchestra sdepalma@cvalleycsd.org 
5 Matt Gayle MS Vocal/GM mgayle@potsdam.k12.ny.us
6 Cheri LaDuke MS/HS Vocal/GM laduke.cherie@avcsk12.org
  Sue Nystoriak MS Instrumental/8th grade GM nystoriak.susan@bcsdk12.org
  Steffany Perham MS Vocal/GM sperham@maloneschools.org
7 Matthew Gaulin HS Vocal/GM/IB/Music Technology mgaulin@queensburyschool.org
8 Kimbery Collison All  Vocal/GM/HS piano kimberlydcollison@gmail.com
9 Karin McCartney Elem GM/Vocal  Prek-5 kmccartney@necsd.net
10 Samantha McShane MS/HS Vocal/GM McShaneS@chatham.k12.ny.us
  Kate Jarrad MS/HS Orchestra jarrardk@chatham.k12.ny.us 
11 Mary Landry HS  Vocal/GM Mary.Landry@henhudschools.org
12 Sara Shikowitz MS Vocal sara.shikowitz@gmail.com
  Carmen Elias MS Orchestra celias@schools.nyc.gov
  Nucleo Vega MS Instrumental nucvega@gmail.com
13 Mike Rodgers Director NYSCAME Web Editor mrodgers@pobschools.org 
14 Christopher Neske HS Instrumental /SCMEA President cneske@gmail.com
15 Todd Bialecki HS Instrumental /AP Music Theory todd.bialecki@hornellcsd.org
  Jan Smith   Vocal/GM/Music Technology/Rural and Urban Schools Janice.Smith@qc.cuny.edu
  Ethan Hein   Music Technology ethanhein@gmail.com