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WSMA News x New! MyCenter Web Resource

WSMA recently launched MyCenter, a new web resource for WSMA member schools accessed through the WSMA web site at www.wsmamusic. org. MyCenter is a 24/7 portal for people, places and things related to the music association and includes a variety of features:

User Profiles - View membership data and cre- ate preferences for how you’d like to tap into the network, whether looking at WSMA school account info or making connections with other educators throughout the state.

Messaging and Express Modules - Announce- ments, news feeds, photo galleries, quick polls and coming soon – forums, within the member- ship network.

Historical and Financial Data - Coming soon... WSMA school district, festival and school payment information, plus historical pro- gram participation data for member schools.

Custom login information was sent via email to WSMA member school contacts in October. If you did not receive this information, please contact the state office by emailing

x 2012 Student Composition Project

The WSMA Student Composition Project encourages and recognizes the artistic efforts of Wisconsin student composers. Composition is included in the National Standards for Arts Education, and is a natural extension of the creativity mode of music specified in Wisconsin’s music curriculum guide.

In this project, students submit original compositions and recordings to WSMA in early March. A panel of composers and music educators evalu- ate the works and students receive a written critique identifying strengths of the submission as well as offering suggestions for improvement in future compositions. Awards are based solely on merit with winners identified either in the High School or Middle School Division.

Students may enter in one or more of the following categories: Instrumental Solo

Vocal Solo

Instrumental Ensemble Instrumental Jazz Collaborative Solo

Piano Solo (New in 2011)

2012 Application Deadline: March 9, 2012 If you have talented student composers who should submit an entry for the 2012 WSMA Student Composition Project please visit the composition page under “Programs” at for more information or to print off an application form.

x Launchpad

Launchpad, now in its eighth year, continues to grow as an exciting and educational WSMA program offered to high school students in groups formed outside of the traditional music class. It encourages students to creatively put into practice lessons learned in your music program by applying in their own way what they have learned.

As WSMA continues to increase offerings to Launchpad groups, we are proud to continue an exciting opportunity to school mu- sic programs. Yamaha will provide an equipment package to the school music program of the winning Launchpad group. To read more or to see last year’s recipient, go to www.launchpad Also see photo at right.

Broadjam ( will continue an online voting process to select a “Wild Card” group to perform in the Launchpad state finals competition. By submitting one song for this voting process, groups will have the opportunity to share their music with a worldwide audience. This opportunity truly puts Launchpad into the world spotlight as an educationally based performance opportunity.


Launchpad registration opened on January 2 and closes on February 3. The registration fee is $32 and must be submit- ted at the time of registration. For further information or to register please visit the Launchpad web site at www.launch-

Vocal Ensemble Vocal Jazz

Collaborative Ensemble

Launchpad winner Chase Promenade and band director John

Sorenson of Wilmot High School receive Yamaha equipment prize package presented by WSMA Executive Director Michael George.

January 2012

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