Tri-M Music Honor Society, formerly known as Modern Music Masters, is a high school and middle school music honor society and is a program of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). It is designed to recognise students for their academic and musical achievements and to provide leadership and service opportunities to young musicians. Each school has its own chapter, which is run by the students but supervised by an advisor or sponsor, usually a school teacher. There are approximately 6200 participating chapters in several countries.
To be eligible for membership, a student must maintain an A average in their music classes, a C average in all of their academic courses, be presently enrolled in a music course at their school, and be recommended for membership by their school's music faculty.
A Tri-M Music Honor Society chapter in your school can give students countless opportunities to perform, lead, and serve the community. Not only will they learn accountability, responsibility, and other character-building social skills by performing music and running the chapter, but individuals will be able to put together an impressive record of achievements for college applications.
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Tri-M student members must be enrolled in at least one music class for at least one semester, have a 2.0 GPA in their core classes, and a 3.0 in their music class(es), and be of strong character. There is therefore a notable degree of competition in terms of eligibility.
The Tri-M Honor Society is available to junior/middle/high school students worldwide.
The cost to both start and renew a Tri-M chapter each year is $100.
Tri-M recognises students that have gone above and beyond both academically and musically. Membership consideration is not necessarily limited to any one segment of a music program (such as band, chorus, etc.), however, the following criteria should be included at the discretion of the Chapter Advisor:
Music Participation, academic achievement, leadership skills, service, and a demonstration of respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, and citizenship.
It is recommended that chapters will meet at least once a month. Meetings will be used to determine many different things, including member selection and selecting chapter service projects. Time will also need to be committed towards specific projects - the amount of required service hours should either be set by the Chapter Advisor, determined by the Chapter Officers or voted upon by the chapter. It is recommended that students obtain at least 10 service hours per semester.
Students may join a pre-existing chapter within their institution, otherwise they may start a chapter by selecting a chapter advisor and completing an activation form (including a $100 USD activation fee) online. Once a member has received their certificate and welcome packet, they can get started on Tri-M projects.