SCMEA stands for Suffolk County Music Educator's Association. SCMEA sponsors and organizes numerous All County Music Festivals (Band, Orchestra and Chorus) each year for students in grades 5-10.
HMEA stands for Hampton Music Educator's Association. It hosts a festival for 6th-8th Grade that includes chorus, band, world drumming and orchestra. The rehearsals are held in January. Please see the HMEA website for more information. Please use these practice tracks for chorus.
NYSSMA, New York State School Music Association, hosts numerous solo and ensemble festivals throughout the year. You can find out more about the organization here.
- What is a NYSSMA festival?
- NYSSMA sponsors approximately 145 solo & small ensemble and major ensemble festivals in New York State each spring. At solo and small ensemble festivals, students are given a performance evaluation that involves playing a graded solo from the NYSSMA Manual, playing scales and sight reading.
- How do I register my child?
- All NYSSMA registration is done through the student’s school music program. Information regarding scheduling & fees will be sent home at a later date.
- Is this a competition?
- NYSSMA festivals (other than for All-State) are evaluations, not competitions. Students may compete with themselves from year to year, but NYSSMA does not view festivals as competitive.
- What music can be played?
- Students who desire a rating must choose a graded solo from the NYSSMA Manual. (Quogue Elementary has the current manual)
- Who are the adjudicators?
- NYSSMA adjudicators are professional teacher/musicians who have received instruction on the NYSSMA adjudication system.
- Why do NYSSMA?
- Practicing for NYSSMA will strengthen your music skills. If you earn a high rating you will be recommended for local music festivals SCMEA (5-6) and/or HMEA (6-8) the following school year.
Please follow these guidelines for NYSSMA:
PRACTICE! Although you will be taught the piece in lessons/Chamber Choir, every student is expected to practice regularly in preparation for the festival. It is the STUDENT'S responsiblity to learn the music thoroughly. You may consider taking private lessons to further prepare yourself for NYSSMA.
Dress to impress
Purchase one original copy of music.
Practice Practice Practice!!!
It is crucial that students are practicing their solos, sight-reading, and scales (for instrumentalists) regularly. Please ask your child to perform for you. The more prepared you are, the less stressful and more rewarding the experience will be.
NYSSMA Requirements: Each instrumental solo has specific requirements.
Please observe: Brass, Woodwind and Mallet Percussion
1. Scales (1 octave) from memory
Level I & II - 3 Scales
Level III & IV - 7 Scales
2. Performance of solo from current manual
1. Performance of solo from current manual
1. Scales from memory
Level I - 3 Scales, 1 octave, hands separately or together
Level II - 3 Scales, 2 octave, hands separately or together
Level III & IV - 7 Scales, 3 octaves in various rhythms, hands together
2. Performance of solo from current manual
Percussion (Snare Drum ) 1. Required rudiments (see manual or your music teacher for a rudiment sheet) 2. Long roll (as per level requirement) 3. Performance of solo from current manual 4. Sight-reading
Traditionally 4th Graders play Level I, 5th Grade Level I/II, and 6th Grade II/III. You must receive an Outstanding rating on Level II to move on to Level III.
I need the following information to register you for NYSSMA:
Student’s Name, School Grade, Voice/Instrument Music Level, Title of NYSSMA Solo, Composer, Page in Manual
Please visit this school's website for the accompaniment to "My Favorite Things" "Rainbow Connection" "Over the Rainbow" and "In My Own Little Corner." NYSSMA accomp.
Please visit this school's website for the accompaniment to "Edelweiss" "Do Re Mi" and "My Favorite Things." Sound of Music accomp.
Level 1: "Edelweiss"
Level 1: "Do Re Mi"
Level II: Option 1: "My Favorite Things"
Level II: "That's an Irish Lullaby"
Easy Songs for the Beginning Mezzo Soprano/Alto
Level II: "Where is Love?"
Kid's Broadway Songbook
Level III: "Look to the Rainbow"
Level III: One Hand, One Heart
Clarinet Level 2: Chanson Moderne: Hovey
Alto Sax Level 2: Hunter's Chorus
Alto Sax Level 2: The Swan
Alto Saxophone Level 3: "Album Leaf" Edward Grieg
Solos for the Alto Saxophone Player Larry Teal
Trumpet Level 1:
Little March from Standard of Excellence Festival Solos Book 2 by Bruce Pearson
Trumpet Level 2:
Standard of Excellence Festival Solos Book 2 by Bruce Pearson
French Horn Level 3: Ave Maria Gounod, arr. Eric Hauser http://www.jwpepper.com/Ave-Maria-Horn-Solo/4594693.item#.VLgVxlrdIas
Percussion Level 3: Winning Snare Drum Solos for the Beginner: T Brown