Because our office is in the direct path of Hurricane Michael, we anticipate closing our office on Wednesday and Thursday, October 10 & 11, and possibly Friday. MPA-Online and our other websites should remain operational, and many staff members will still be available by email.
FSMA provides opportunities for realistic and constructive program evaluation through the sponsorship of solo-ensemble and large group Music Performance Assessment (MPA) events organized by the Florida Bandmasters Association, Florida Orchestra Association, Florida Vocal Association, and the Florida Music Education Association. Most MPA events are open to the public, and the community is encouraged to attend.
Marching Band Directors and Staff should be reminded that rehearsals associated with marching band are just as rigorous as athletic practice and deserve equal care. We recommend scheduling outdoor rehearsals during the early morning and evening to avoid the hottest part of the day, allow students to carry personal water bottles, and provide regular breaks to replenish water and cool off in the shade. See the articles below from BandDirector.com and the National Federation of State High School Associations
Membership renewal for the 2018-2019 school year is open. Invoices were mailed to current member schools addressed to the Principal, Music Department Head, and the bookkeeper. New schools who have not previously joined FSMA should complete and mail the New School Enrollment Form. Payment is due September 15. Member schools are eligible for interscholastic music events such as Concert, Marching, and Solo & Ensemble Music Performance Assessments (MPA). Submit your purchase orders at least a month in advance in order to complete your payment by the September 15 deadline.
Music students have lower dropout rates, higher attendance rates, and higher graduation rates. Print and post this flyer in your school to spread the word!
If your school has a music vacancy that you would like posted, please see the Job Bank over on the FMEA website. The FMEA Job Bank is a free service to Florida schools and teachers who would like to teach in Florida. Jobs listed there will automatically be deleted after 90 days, however you will receive an e-mail confirmation that includes a link to extend, edit, or remove your job posting.
FSMA is a not-for-profit association that coordinates and oversees recognized interscholastic music activities in the state of Florida. The association recognizes the Florida Bandmasters Association, the Florida Orchestra Association, and the Florida Vocal Association to sponsor district and state Music Performance Assessments for bands, orchestras, and choruses in Florida high schools, junior high schools, and middle schools.