Please remember payment must be received in our office by Thursday, September 15. This deadline is firm. There is no need to call our office if you think your payment may be late. Instead, please see the Rules and Regulations sections 2.3 and 2.4 for the process of submitting a payment late through the appeals committee. Thank you.
Due to the hurricane that hit Tallahassee, our office did not receive mail from September 2 until September 6. If you mailed a check for your school's membership renewal expecting it to arrive last week, it should be posted by Wednesday, September 7. Check our Membership page to see if your school is current. All payments must be in our office by September 15.
Membership renewal for the 2016-2017 school year begins April 1. Invoices will be 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 (below). 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.
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
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.
It's MPA Season! 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 Educators' Association. Most MPA events are open to the public, and the community is encouraged to attend.
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.