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Music Department


A student’s participation in NYSSMA can be a challenging and worthwhile experience which can develop many musical skills. It is important to note that NYSSMA participation is voluntary and may not be for everyone. Participants will be recommended at the discretion of your child’s music teacher or if your child is enrolled in private instruction, their private teacher. 

Preparing for the NYSSMA process requires a great deal of time, practice, effort, and dedication from both parents and students.  A strong commitment and follow-through are needed throughout the entire process, especially while dedicating the practice time it takes to prepare for the festival. 

Our schools’ group rotation lessons can offer only limited time to assist with a student’s NYSSMA preparation.  Although not required, students who have been the most successful in the past have obtained private lesson instruction in preparing for the adjudication process.