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 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.

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.

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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