If your child has never participated in NYSSMA, it can seem complicated.  Below are a few facts and pointers that most parents need to know when their child is selected. 

We have qualified teachers and staff who can assist your child in picking out a NYSSMA piece, order your music or to give private instruction on his/her instrument.   

Feel free to contact us with any NYSSMA related questions.

What is NYSSMA

The NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) Solo & Ensemble Festival is an annual festival that gives students a chance to perform for a registered NYSSMA adjudicator. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to perform, learn standard musical literature and receive constructive criticism and praise for their performance. Students who register for the NYSSMA Solo & Ensemble Festival are required to prepare a solo chosen from the NYSSMA Manual which is broken up into six ability levels.

In addition to their solo, students will also be required to memorize scales; three scales for levels I & II, seven scales for levels III & IV and fifteen scales for levels V & VI.

The last component to their performance is a sight-reading section. Students will be presented with a short musical excerpt and be asked to play it to the best of their ability.

Students who perform on levels I-IV are scored out of a possible 28 points and are rated as either "Outstanding," "Excellent," "Good," "Fair," and so on. Students performing at levels V & VI are scored out of a possible 100 points and rated as "A+," "A," "A-," and so on.

While the NYSSMA Solo & Ensemble Festival is a wonderful opportunity, students should be aware that this is an extra time commitment and will require consistent home practice to be successful.

How to obtain the Sheet Music

There are over 30,000 selections of music in the NYSSMA manual and the pieces change every three years. We have many common pieces in stock and will order all others for you.

As soon as you know what piece your child has selected, come in to order. Please provide us with the Name of the Piece, Instrument, NYSSMA level, Composer and Arranger’s name then allow 1 to 4 weeks for the music to come in after it is ordered. 

How do I book lessons for NYSSMA Prep

We have teachers available for lessons Tuesday through Saturday.  You may contact us either by phone (516) 249-0885, or email us at farmingdalemusic@me.com for lesson availability.