NAfME Eastern Division 2023 Conference: April 13 - 16, Rochester, NY

CALL FOR RESEARCH

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Submission Deadline: September 30, 2022

NAfME Eastern Division announces a call for research for presentation at the NAfME Eastern Division Conference to be held in Rochester, NY, April 13-April 16, 2023. All Research Sessions Will Be Scheduled To Take Place on Thursday, April 13th.  There will be a blind review of submission materials corresponding with the indicated option at time of submission:

Option 1, Poster Only

Abstracts of completed or in-progress research of any type (i.e., quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, philosophical, historical) for Poster Session presentation.

Option 2, Poster and Research Presentation

If abstract is accepted for poster presentation, primary author requests its consideration also for paper presentation at one of two Research Forums.

Option 3, Poster and Research-to-Practice Workshop

If abstract for completed research project is accepted for poster presentation, primary author requests review of additional workshop submission materials for consideration also for presentation during one of two Research-to-Practice Workshops. (Workshop presenters actively involve attendees in applications of the submitted research procedures, outcomes, and/or implications.)

*The window for submitting proposals for research session presentations is June 1 – September 30, 2022.

Instructions for Submission

  • Deadline: Midnight, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), September 30, 2022
  • Create an account, or log in to Submittable:
  • If you are proposing more than one research project for presentation, please complete separate Submittable forms for each proposal.
  • Once logged in, you will be prompted to provide the following required information:

o Primary author’s name, institutional affiliation, current status (i.e., undergraduate student, master’s student, doctoral student, PK-12+ educator, college/university educator, or other), primary e-mail address, and cell phone.

o Secondary author’s name, institutional affiliation, current status (i.e., undergraduate student, master’s student, doctoral student, PK-12+ educator, college/university educator, or other), and primary e-mail address.

o If submitting on behalf of more than two co-authors, name of each additional author, each author’s institutional affiliation, and current status (i.e., undergraduate student, master’s student, doctoral student, PK-12+ educator, college/university educator, or other).

o Whether the research is in progress or complete.

o Whether the research on which the proposal is based has fulfilled requirements for an undergraduate honors paper or thesis, master’s thesis, or doctoral dissertation.

*If so, upload a pdf of the official signatory page. Such research submissions are automatically accepted as poster presentation, and also will be considered for Option 2 or 3 if author indicates those during submission process.

*Which option represents your submission: Option 1, 2, or 3.

o For Options 1, 2, & 3:

*Submit a one-page abstract in Word doc or docx format, that includes

· no identifiable information about the author(s) in the Word file name or body of the abstract,

· the title of the research,

· theoretical framework,

· the purpose of the research,

· questions or problems of the study,

· participants/subjects (if applicable), and

· design/method, and analysis.

· For completed research, also provide the findings/results and how they inform practice.

o For Option 3 (Must be completed research.):

*In addition to the abstract, provide Workshop Title and Workshop Description (10 words, maximum)

*Upload in Word doc or docx format, again without identifiable information about the author(s) in the name of the session outline file name or within the following required content:

-A one-page proposed workshop session content outline divided into 2 parts: 45 minutes (maximum) focused on active engagement in applications of the completed research, and 15 minutes for a Question & Answer session.

Note the following additional requirements:

  1. Submission of a research proposal is a commitment by all co-authors to register for the NAfME Eastern Division conference, and attend the session(s) for which the research is accepted.
  2. All researchers presenting at the NAfME Eastern Division conference must either be members of NAfME, or register for the NAfME Eastern Division conference at the non-member rate.
  3. Submission of a research proposal assumes acceptance of the scheduled time.
  4. The primary author of a research proposal with multiple authors will be responsible for informing all additional authors of all notifications and specifics relating to the session(s).
  5. For accepted research, primary author agrees to prepare an updated abstract with additional information for distribution at the poster session presentation. Details to include on the updated abstract will be provided in the notification of acceptance.

Abstracts and outlines will be blind-reviewed and notifications will be sent electronically to primary authors by October 16, 2022. Accepted primary authors will be asked to confirm attendance by midnight, EDT, October 23, 2022. Thank you! We look forward to your submission(s).

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
Welcome to the Application for the NYSSMA Piano Showcase.  Students are eligible to apply for this honor based on the following criteria:

  1. Having performed a memorized level 6 solo from the current NYSSMA Manual during the 2022 Festival Season.
  2. Having earned a score of 100.
  3. Attending a NYSSMA member school and being a member in good standing of a performing group in the school at the time of the NYSSMA evaluation and at the time of the performance at the NYSSMA Winter Conference.  Performing group membership is defined as attending a minimum of 50% of the rehearsals and performances of that group, where such groups exist.  Students may come from any school grade 4 through 11 at the time of the submission of this application.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
The school music teacher who is the director of the above-mentioned performing group or school arts administrator will be required to submit the following (please note that this application may not be completed by private lesson teachers):

  • An unedited video recording of the student performing the solo.
  • A copy of the NYSSMA Festival evaluation form.
  • A letter of endorsement from your school music teacher or district music administrator.  
  • Applications must be completely submitted no later than July 9, 2022.
  • Students who are chosen to perform at the NYSSMA Winter Conference will be notified by September 9, 2022.  They will be provided with information as to the date, time and place of rehearsal and performance, as well as suggested hotels in the Rochester area should lodging be required.  Only selected students will receive notification.
  • The student's family is responsible for all costs involved in attending the Conference and for supervision of the student while in attendance.
  • Please note that all student showcase performers and their guests will need to present proof of COVID vaccination, including available boosters. If exempt due to medical or religious reasons, a negative PCR COVID test within 72 hours prior to arrival on-site will need to be presented.  Students selected to perform will receive further information concerning vaccinations from the chairperson.


Purpose:  To give recognition for exceptional support and outstanding accomplishments in the service to NYSSMA toward the advancement of music education in the schools of New York, public or private.

Nominee Eligibility

  • Must be a full-time or retired NYSSMA member who is, or has been, employed in the field of music education in New York State for a minimum of 20 years.
  • Has demonstrated effectiveness in teaching young people through music and who has the ability to inspire positive attitudes among students, the school and community in a balanced program.
  • Has demonstrated a concern for music education by active involvement in NYSSMA, as well as other local, district, state, regional or national professional organizations.
  • Has demonstrated interest in, and application of, educational innovation and has recognized the necessity for continued professional growth.

Method of Nomination

Any member of NYSSMA may nominate a person(s) deemed worthy of this special recognition.

  • Complete the form below.
  • Upload your letter of recommendation
  • Upload two additional letters of recommendation, one preferably from an administrator and the other from a music teacher.

Number of Awards to Be Presented Annually

No more than two (2) Distinguished Service Awards will be given in one year.

Method of Selection

  • The NYSSMA Awards and Recognition Committee will review each nomination.
  • If not selected, individuals submitting nominations may petition the committee to reconsider the application the following year.
  • The committee reserves the right to not recommend any award recipient when appropriate.

Presentation

The Awards and Recognition Committee will recommend the recipient to the NYSSMA President who will notify the recipient.  The award may be presented during the annual NYSSMA Winter Conference.

Purpose:  To honor outstanding contributions of music educators in New York State at the local level in the first  5 to 9 years of their career.


Nominee Eligibility

  • Must be an active NYSSMA member who has employed full time in the field of music education for five to nine years.
  • Must be employed in New York State at the time of application.
  • Has demonstrated effectiveness in teaching young people through music and who has the ability to inspire positive attitudes among students, the school and community in a balanced program.
  • Has demonstrated a concern for music education by active involvement in NYSSMA as well as other local and district activities.

  Method of Nomination
 Any member of NYSSMA may nominate a person(s) deemed worthy of this special recognition. 

  • Complete the form below.
  • Upload your letter of recommendation
  • Upload two additional letters of recommendation, one preferably from an administrator and the other from a music teacher.

  Number of Awards to Be Presented Annually
 No more than two (2) Early Career Achievement Awards will be given in one year.

Method of Selection 

  • The NYSSMA Awards and Recognition Committee will review each nomination.
  • If not selected, individuals submitting nominations may petition the committee to reconsider the application the following year.
  • The committee reserves the right to not recommend any award recipient when appropriate.

  Presentation
 The Awards and Recognition Committee will recommend the recipient to the NYSSMA President who will notify the recipient.  The award may be presented at a local function.

Purpose:  To honor outstanding contributions of music educators in New York State at the local level in 10 or more years of their career.

Nominee Eligibility 

  • Must be an active or retired NYSSMA member who is or has been employed in the field of music education for a minimum of 10 years.
  • Has demonstrated effectiveness in teaching young people through music and who has the ability to inspire positive attitudes among students, the school and community in a balanced program.
  • Has demonstrated a concern for music education by active involvement in NYSSMA as well as other local and district activities.

  Method of Nomination
  Any member of NYSSMA may nominate a person(s) deemed worthy of this special recognition.  

  • Complete the form below.
  • Upload your letter of recommendation
  • Upload two additional letters of recommendation, one preferably from an administrator and the other from a music teacher.

  Number of Awards to Be Presented Annually
  No more than two (2) Established Educator Awards will be given in one year.

Method of Selection  

  • The NYSSMA Awards and Recognition Committee will review each nomination.
  • If not selected, individuals submitting nominations may petition the committee to reconsider the application the following year.
  • The committee reserves the right to not recommend any award recipient when appropriate.

  Presentation
  The Awards and Recognition Committee will recommend the recipient to the NYSSMA President who will notify the recipient.  The award may be presented at a local function.

Purpose:  To recognize new and creative approaches to music education within or outside the school day.

Nominee Eligibility  

  • Must be a NYSSMA member who is or has been employed in the field of music education in New York State.
  • Has demonstrated effectiveness in teaching young people through music and who has the ability to inspire positive attitudes among students, the school and community.
  • Has demonstrated interest in and application of innovative educational programs that reach students outside of the standard educational applications.

  Method of Nomination
   Any member of NYSSMA may nominate a person(s) deemed worthy of this special recognition.   

  • Complete the form below.
  • Upload your letter of recommendation
  • Upload two additional letters of recommendation, one preferably from an administrator and the other from a music teacher.

  Number of Awards to Be Presented Annually
   No more than two (2) Music Education Innovation Awards will be given in one year.

Method of Selection 

  • The NYSSMA Awards and Recognition Committee will review each nomination.
  • If not selected, individuals submitting nominations may petition the committee to reconsider the application the following year.
  • The committee reserves the right to not recommend any award recipient when appropriate.

  Presentation
   The Awards and Recognition Committee will recommend the recipient to the NYSSMA President who will notify the recipient.  The award may be presented at a local function.

Purpose:  To recognize an individual, organization, or corporation who has contributed in an extraordinary manner to the support of music education in New York State
Nominee Eligibility
 

  • An individual, a business or corporation that is not a New York State music educator.
  • One who has demonstrated a concern for music education by exceptional service to NYSSMA as well as other local, district, state, regional or national professional organizations.

 Method of Nomination
Any member of NYSSMA may nominate a person(s) deemed worthy of this special recognition.
 

  • Complete the form below.
  • Upload your letter of recommendation
  • Upload two additional letters of recommendation, one preferably from an administrator and the other from a music teacher.

 Number of Awards to Be Presented Annually
No more than two (2) Distinguished Service Awards will be given in one year.


Method of Selection
 

  • The NYSSMA Awards and Recognition Committee will review each nomination.
  • If not selected, individuals submitting nominations may petition the committee to reconsider the application the following year.
  • The committee reserves the right to not recommend any award recipient when appropriate.

 Presentation
The Awards and Recognition Committee will recommend the recipient to the NYSSMA President who will notify the recipient.  The award may be presented during the annual NYSSMA Winter Conference.

For schools within the Buffalo, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers City School Districts


Qualifications 

  • The NYSSMA Outstanding School Award is presented to schools that act as model school music education programs in the five large city school districts in New York State.  
  • The school should provide a well-rounded music program.  
  • Schools/districts must be NYSSMA members.

Application Instructions

  • The completed application should provide a profile of your school's music program and include commentary on factors especially important to your school.
  • The quality of the submitted written material will have considerable influence on how the Awards & Recognition Committee evaluates the application.
  • Complete descriptions of your school policies, programs and practices are essential elements of a successful application.
  • Failure to directly and adequately address each and every question may result in an unfavorable review, even though the school's music program may be quite excellent.
  • All questions in the application must be answered.  Please do not respond with "See Supporting Materials."

 Presentation
The Awards and Recognition Committee will recommend the recipient to the NYSSMA President who will notify the recipient.  No more than two (2) Outstanding School Awards will be given each year. The award may be presented at a local function.

 Qualifications  

  • The NYSSMA Presidential Citation Award and Award of Excellence are presented to NYSSMA member school districts that act as models for music education programs in New York State.  
  • The District must provide a well-rounded music program at all levels.  
  • Strong consideration will be given to participation outside the schools and to programs that actively participate in NYSSMA.

 Application Instructions 

  • The completed application should provide a profile of your district's music program and include commentary on factors especially important to your program.
  • The quality of the submitted written material will have considerable influence on how the Awards & Recognition Committee evaluates the application.
  • Complete descriptions of your district policies, programs and practices are essential elements of a successful application.
  • Failure to directly and adequately address each and every question may result in an unfavorable review, even though the district's music program may be quite excellent.
  • Applications will be considered initially for the Presidential Citation Award, and then for the Award of Excellence.
  • Any district that has received the Presidential Citation Award may not reapply for a period of seven years.
  • A district that has received the Award of Excellence may reapply for the Presidential Citation Award in any subsequent year.
  • All questions in the application must be answered.  Please do not respond with "See Supporting Materials."

  Presentation
 The Awards and Recognition Committee will recommend the recipient to the NYSSMA President who will notify the recipient.  No more than two (2) Presidential Citations and  two (2) Awards of Excellence will be given each year. The award may be presented at the NYSSMA Winter Conference.

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