How to Prepare for NYSSMA

I have been teaching singing lessons for over 20 years, and NYSSMA for the past 10 years. Students should start preparing for NYSSMA  3 months in advance. Here is the best schedule: 12 Weeks out: Set up an appointment with me, the vocal coach two weeks in advance. It is especially important to get into the schedule before NYSSMA comes, as I get quite booked. I will provide the student with a copy of the song list for their level,. I will make some suggestions and have them pick 1-3…

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10 NYSSMA VOCAL TIPs That will get you that HIGH SCORE! PLUS FESTIVAL DAY LIST!

NYSSMA NEW YORK STATE SCHOOL MUSIC ASSOCIATION These are SOLO VOCAL tips but can apply to all NYSSMA testing, as well as College Auditions. What is NYSSMA? According to their website: “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 and sight reading. If a student is playing an instrument, scales are involved. The sooner you can start, the…

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Chantel Martin-Nominated TWICE for LEADS!

Being a professional dancer, I have performed for many people in many different venues, so the public display of my talents wasn’t new to me. Before I met Miss Terry, I wasn’t a public singer. I never sang in front of anyone, not even my family. I had been dancing for nine years when I finally came across Terry’s website after years of searching. I never had any lessons prior to her, so I was nervous to meet her because of her experience. Finally, when I went to meet her,…

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