We are pleased to announce that WSMA Accreditation will continue for 2019-2020!
Modifications and accommodations for schools unable to attend a scheduled concert festival or clinic experience due to COVID-19 limitations will be taken into consideration when determining eligibility.
More information available below.
WSMA Accreditation recognizes a school’s outstanding participation in WSMA programming and distinguishes the school’s music program. WSMA applauds efforts to provide valuable music education opportunities for students.
WSMA is proud to announce this year’s list of
WSMA Accredited Schools!
– September 5, 2019 –
In order to become a WSMA Accredited school:
- The school must be a current member of WSMA.
- The school must participate in District Solo & Ensemble Festival.
- At least one of each type of performing group in the member school (band/choir/orchestra) must participate in a Concert Group Festival or Concert Group Clinic Experience every year.
Concert Group Activity Cancelled Due to COVID-19?
Register an activity as a clinic experience with evidence of participation. Think outside the box by considering concert group activities that have already occurred during the current school year. Some possibilities:
Trips that included performance and feedback
Artist/composer in residence
Group worked with another director
For this school year only, submit your “intent to participate” in a concert festival or clinic experience. Any interactive concert group activity that provides an educational opportunity through performance and/or listening and discussion can qualify as fulfilling the concert group participation criteria of WSMA Accreditation. Simply provide evidence of planning, such as:
List of repertoire to be performed
Festival number with list of repertoire and/or communications with festival manager
Why do I want my school to become WSMA Accredited?
- It provides public acknowledgement of your commitment to music education.
- It provides music educators, administrators, board members and advocates a tool to increase visibility and support for your music programs.
- It helps WSMA preserve and advance music education programs.
- WSMA Accredited schools will receive:
- Special website recognition
- A special logo that can be used on all music department materials
- Certificates sent to the administrator and music teachers (perfect for portfolios)
- Additional recognition for participation in other WSMA programs (State Marching Band Championships, State Honors Music Project, Student Composition Project, etc.)
Do I need to apply to become accredited?
No. WSMA will automatically award accreditation to schools that meet the necessary criteria. All Concert Group Festival or Concert Group Clinic Experience registrations must be completed by June 15 to be eligible for accreditation. Just remember to register everything with the correct account numbers.
What are the changes from previous years?
- School Solo & Ensemble eligibility is no longer connected with Concert Group participation.
- In order to be accredited, one of each type of ensemble in the member school must participate in a Concert Group Festival or Concert Group Clinic Experience every year. (Example: If a member school has both a band and a choir, both the band and choir must participate every year to earn accreditation. If a member school has a band, choir and an orchestra, all three groups must participate every year to earn accreditation. If a member school has multiple bands, choirs and orchestras, at least one band, one choir and one orchestra must participate every year to earn accreditation.)
Can I be a WSMA member school and not be accredited?
Yes, of course. Accreditation is optional. The teachers on the WSMA Festivals Committee felt strongly that an accreditation opportunity for schools would help teachers in those schools advance their music education advocacy efforts in their districts. The advantage of being accredited is that it promotes the importance a school places on music education. This is an especially important message you can share with school principals, superintendents and school board members.