Spring 2022 Updates

Festival Season is Well Underway!

Hello 3Teachers, Directors, Festival Chairpeople, and Zone Representatives! Welcome to another year of NYSSMA Registration!

Da Capo Web Development, LLC has been working diligently to maximize the ease of use and efficiency of the system throughout all levels of the program. Each day, I feel like I find another efficiency that will hopefully save some people time. When multiplied by the thousands of users of the program, I hope I’m saving lots of people time – so we can focus on what really matters!

I invite you to read Da Capo’s previous Newsletter Updates at your convenience. This newsletter will focus on recent updates to the system. You are free to share this newsletter with colleagues who may not have registered for an account on Da Capo Music Festivals.

  • Teachers: [Teacher Instruction Packet]
    • One of the biggest additions this year is the addition of the ‘Bulk Registration’ feature of the website. This allows a teacher to pre-register five students at a time by only filling in certain information. Students can be edited later to fill in the rest of the information.
    • On the ‘Register / Modify Students’ page, teachers can update the Composer / Arranger / Composition & Page Number for many students at once using the ‘Eighth Note’ feature at the bottom of the page. There is a small YouTube icon that shows a video demonstration of the feature. Green Checks will appear here when the performance data has been added successfully.
    • I would like to remind teachers that questions regarding NYSSMA festival participation (ex. time-sensitive or missed-deadline issues), should be addressed to the Festival Chairperson where your students are participating. The festival chairperson’s email address can be found on your Teacher Dashboard within the list of festivals in your zone. Questions related to the functioning of the Da Capo Music Festivals registration and scheduling system may be emailed to [email protected]

  • Directors of Music: [Da Capo Director of Music Instructions]
    • New this year – No more ‘manually linking accounts!’ Directors have Teacher Accounts automatically created for them. While directors can see aggregated district data through their director access, they can also register students through their teacher access level. Access levels can be switched using the Key icon at the top of the screen.
    • Two Factor Authentication (2FA) has been deployed on the site for Festival Chairs and Directors. This greatly increases the security of Da Capo, and I recommend that you use it. You can use an Authenticator App such as Authy or Google Authenticator – or you can have access codes sent to your email address for each login. See your User Profile page for more details.
  • Festival Chairs: [Da Capo Festival Chairperson Instructions can be found on your Festival Chairperson Dashboard]
    • New this year – No more ‘manually linking accounts!’ Chairs have Teacher Accounts automatically created for them. While chairs can see aggregated festival data through their chairperson access, they can also register students through their teacher access level. Access levels can be switched using the Key icon at the top of the screen.
    • At its inception, Da Capo created three categories of rooms automatically: Lev 1-4, Lev 5-6, and All-State. This season welcomed the ability for chairs to have the ability to create combined Lev 1-6 rooms (and All-State rooms) automatically. The system mixes various levels in each room. This helps to raise the efficiency of your schedule.
    • Improvements have been made to the Accompanist Scheduling feature – to create a more efficient schedule.
    • The ability to add a Festival Co-Chair was implemented on March 7th. See the bottom of your ‘Modify Festival’ page for details.
    • Documentation has been updated, including the ‘Da Capo Suggested Timeline‘. This document can be found on your Chairperson Dashboard.
    • Chairs now have the ability to email a student’s audition information to the ‘Email Contact’ that a teacher entered. You can choose whether or not to include a sentence that says “Your audition is on Friday at 4:35pm in room B2” in the email message.
    • Chairs now have the ability to toggle when Schedules and Playing Permits are shown to teachers and directors. This can be found on the Modify Festival page.
    • Chairs no longer need to ask for the Da Capo ID number for a teacher when overriding restrictions. You can now select the name of any teacher in your zone from a list.
    • There are now multiple ways to allow teachers from outside your zone to register for your festival. Find details on your ‘Modify Festival’ page.
    • Two Factor Authentication (2FA) has been deployed on the site for Festival Chairs and Directors. This greatly increases the security of Da Capo, and I recommend that you use it. You can use an Authenticator App such as Authy or Google Authenticator – or you can have access codes sent to your email address for each login. See your User Profile page for more details.
  • Thank you!
    • It was a pleasure working with educators throughout the state last year. Feel free to continue to reach out to me if you have any questions.

  • Da Capo Web Development LLC has also been hard at work developing:
    • A Musical Instrument Inventory and Student Management Program (Da Capo Inventory). Districts and organizations throughout the country are enjoying this powerful management system. Feel free to reach out if you would like a demonstration for your district.
    • A Technology Fixed Asset Management Program (Da Capo Tech)
    • Area All-State Festival Management Program
    • County Organization Membership Portals
    • Video Audition Management System
    • Arts Organization and Professional Development Registration Platforms
    • Summer Music Management Programs with Credit Card integration

Da Capo Web Development LLC is a Proud Institutional Member of NYSSMA and Commercial Member of SCMEA, supporting Music Education Throughout New York State and Suffolk County.