Grace Music School is committed to music education, advocacy and professional excellence. We strive to be at the forefront of the music industry through continuing education and training as well as attendance at industry conferences and seminars. As members of professional and trade organizations, we actively support the advancement of our field, the business of music, and music education. The following are the organizations and schools we have partnerships with.
Professional & Trade Organizations
NYSSMA® – New York State School Music Association
The mission of the New York State School Music Association is to advance music education across New York State for its membership and students in member school programs. Membership in NYSSMA signifies a commitment to the profession, to excellence in music education, and to professional growth. It represents your active participation in the most significant professional force in music education in the State of New York.
SCMEA – Suffolk County Music Educators Association
Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association is an organization that consists of professional music educators and advocates of music education throughout Suffolk County, New York. SCMEA is a county affiliate of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), a state unit of the Music Educators’ National Conference (MENC). SCMEA sponsors and organizes numerous All County Music Festivals each year for students in grades 5-10, as well as other performance and education initiatives. In addition to offering professional development opportunities for our members, SCMEA serves as an advisory board to local school systems and awards numerous music scholarships to students of Suffolk County school music programs.
Steinway and Sons pianos are the recognized Gold Standard for pianos and they are dedicated to the ideal of making the world’s finest pianos. The result is instruments renowned for their unsurpassed quality. Since 1853, Steinway pianos have set an uncompromising standard for sound, touch and beauty and investment. Today, more than 98 percent of the world’s active concert pianists choose to perform on Steinway Pianos. They are preferred overwhelmingly by pianists who share the joy of playing and owning the finest musical instrument because of their superior sound, responsive touch, quality and craftsmanship.
NAMM – National Association of Music Merchants
The National Association of Music Merchants is the not-for-profit association that promotes the pleasures and benefits of making music and strengthens the $17 billion global music products industry. The association—and the NAMM trade shows—serve as a hub for people wanting to seek out the newest innovations in musical products, recording technology, sound and lighting. NAMM’s activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages.
Connolly Music Company is the US source behind an exclusive lineup of best-in-class music products, many of which hail from Europe and feature extraordinary workmanship. They are partnered with Thomastik-Infeld to bring the finest strings to the United States and is also the US connection to König & Meyer, Heinrich Gill, Revelle, The Realist and a selection of several other best-in-class brands. Connolly also carries over 50 well known additional brands.
The Long Island Violin Shop is a premier full-service shop for players of bowed stringed instruments. Founded by Master Violin Maker Charles J. Rufino, they offer instruments and bows of exceptional value for sale to players of all ages, ability, and budget. Their other services include rental instruments, expert repairs of instrument and bows, appraisals, consignments. Their staff are all musicians and offer family-friendly service with the highest standards of customer care.