The mission of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) is “to advocate and improve the education in music of all people in New York by promoting appropriate music activities and programs in the schools and communities of New York State” (from nyssma.org). Each year, NYSSMA holds events for solo performers, bands, orchestras and choruses to perform a set of songs and exercises for judges who can be quite harsh! Occupational Octaves Piano™ author Lee D. Stockner knows firsthand since he was both a performer and judge.
For pianists, NYSSMA had six levels of difficulty. After months of preparation, each student performs 1, 2, 3 or 4 octave major scales (depending on the song level), an approved classical piano piece, and the true test of music reading independence; sight reading. Below are playlists of student experiences using Occupational Octaves Piano™ with a direct NYSSMA influence: