Thank you for your support as an Institutional Member of NYSSMA.  Showcases are offered to registered conference exhibitors with institutional membership based on the level of membership and the number of exhibit booths that have been contracted.  If this application is received on or before May 15, every effort will be made not to schedule close to a competing session.  Later applications will be scheduled based upon remaining space and time, without regard to showcase content.  For additional Information regarding Institutional Memberships please see the NYSSMA Website page: https://www.nyssma.org/exhibitors/ or contact Debby Super in the NYSSMA Office at dsuper@nyssma.org

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 level 6 solo from the current NYSSMA Manual during the 2024 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 from memory.
  • 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 7, 2024.
  • Students who are chosen to perform at the NYSSMA Winter Conference will be notified by September 8, 2024.  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.


 

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 NYSSMA member 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 give recognition through service to Music Education for exceptional support and outstanding accomplishments by one or more music educators in the advancement of music education in the schools of New York, public or private through the collegiate level  in the first  five to nine 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 interest in 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 give recognition through service to music education for outstanding accomplishments by one or more of our members in the advancement of music education in the schools of New York, public or private, through the collegiate level with ten 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 ten 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 an interest in 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 give recognition for innovative programming in the advancement of music education in the schools of New York, public or private, thru the collegiate level 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,  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) 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.

 Qualifications
 

  • The NYSSMA Outstanding Urban School Award is presented to urban schools that act as models for music education school programs 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 Urban 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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