Zone 12 Representative
Director of Arts
Harlem Children’s Zone
Promise Academy Charter Schools
35 East 125th Street 10035
Welcome to the Zone 12 NYSSMA page! I am excited to embark upon the virtual 2021 NYSSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival with you. Below you will find quick links that will aid you in registering students for festival, a list of the online hosting schools and a youtube tutorial on the virtual platform. I suggest both you and your students watch the tutorial as it gives step by step instructions on how to upload the performance video for evaluation.
– Shelly Bauer
- Register Students for NYSSMA: https://www.dacapomusicfestivals.com/index.php
- List of Virtual NYC Hosting Schools and Video Uploading Dates: https://www.nyssma.org/zone-12-festival-information/
- Youtube tutorial on the students’ solo and ensemble virtual experience
- MusicFirst Virtual Platform Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U535Rvmyxa8&feature=youtu.be
Amended Requirements for 2021
- No Sight Reading
- Repeats and Da Capos are NOT required for levels 4-6
- Virtual Scale Requirements: https://www.nyssma.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/2021-Virtual-SE-Scales-Revised.pdf
Presidents of Affiliated Counties
MEANYC (Music Educators of New York City)
Bronx, New York, Richmond, Kings, Queens
372 Fifth Avenue, 5N
New York, NY 10018
And. . . .a few(!) words from Richard Klingensmith, Past Zone 12 Representative
THE NYSSMA ADJUDICATION FESTIVAL – Why Participate?
The Student Musician:
Why should I play a solo at a NYSSMA Adjudication Festival?
*NYSSMA evaluations offer you an objective assessment of accomplishment by an unbiased, trained evaluator
*You will be evaluated on the difficulty level of your choice. You will know
how well you have done on that level and be aware of levels yet to be explored.
*This is not a competition! You are not competing against your classmates or other musicians, but rather playing against a recognized standard, so you will be able to use this to evaluate your own progress and plan your work with mire insight.
*When you have reached the highest level of achievement you may take the opportunity to audition (10th and 11th grade students) for an All-State performing group, where you will have the pleasure to rehearse and perform with the finest student musicians in New York State, as well as work under nationally recognized conductors.
Why should my students play a solo at a NYSSMA Adjudication Festival?
Why should my major ensembles play at a NYSSMA Adjudication Festival?
*Thousands of student throughout the state participate in the NYSSMA Evaluation Festivals and are evaluated by trained adjudicators.
*The process documents achievement using a reliable and valid criteria through the use of outside evaluators.
*Students are motivated by a desire to improve their performance through constructive criticism rather than by competition with other students or a need to “win”.
*Having your students practice for a solo performance will have a positive effect on their musical accomplishments and therefore positive effects on the ensembles in which they perform.*Teachers of ensembles need valid and reliable evaluation of their best work if they are to continue to improve instruction and raise the quality of music learning and performance.
*Assessment helps you motivate and reinforce learning, raise the quality of instruction, improve planning and curriculum and reward hard work and success.
*Many music teachers throughout the state have o in-house help, no music chair or ongoing help from the district level. Parent’s applause for little Johnny and Suzy at an evening performance while necessary and important, is not an evaluation which is useful to either the teacher, administration or Suzy or Johnny.
Why should teachers and students in my school participate in NYSSMA Adjudication Festivals?
*The NYSSMA Evaluation Festival assessment process has been recognized by the NYSED as a model of authentic assessment.
*Descriptors are provided for each level of performance, and are valid and reliable.
*Scores are related to actual levels of student performance. Ratings reflect both analytic and overall performance, and make explicit to students, parents and administrators the criteria for student achievement.
*A Realistic window is available for the administrator to view the successes and weakness of a program.
Why should my child participate in a NYSSMA Adjudication Festival?
*NYSSMA standards of adjudication are understood and recognized by college and university admissions officers.
*If your child’s application states, “I play first clarinet in my high school band which was last year awarded a Level 6 Gold Recognition at a NYSSMA Festival”, or, “I played a level 6 solo and received an A rating”, specific information about your child’s achievement and abilities are known.
*Success in music performance doesn’t only indicate that your child has talent. It shows a willingness to spend a significant amount of time, energy and effort over a long period of time to reach a high level of performance.
*Success in musical performance is an indicator o good work habits, persistence and tenaciousness.
*Success as a performer has been characterized as 10 percent talent and 90 percent HARD WORK AND PRACTICE! Achievement in musical performance demonstrates that the student knows how to work.
A NYSSMA rating validates musical achievement. Admissions officers understand –
“The arts are clearly an integral part of life at Harvard. We look for students whose previous participation in the arts shows that they can make a substantial contribution to our community.” – William F. Fitzsimmons, Dean of Admissions, Harvard University