Tri-M Membership Criteria

The Chapter Advisor is responsible for candidate selection. Chapter Advisors may coordinate a faculty committee to designate Tri-M student candidates, or they may make the selections alone. Chapter Advisors must provide a written description of selection procedure to all music students and parents. Member selection is a local decision. Selection concerns should be addressed by the local school administrator hierarchy.

Tri-M member consideration should not be limited to any one segment of a music program (such as band, chorus, etc.). The following criteria may be included at the discretion of the Chapter Advisor:

Membership Criteria

  • Music Participation
    • Candidates must have been enrolled in a school-sponsored music ensemble and/or class for at least one semester of the current school year.
  • Academic Achievement
    • Candidates must have maintained for the previous semester at least a B average grade or equivalent in music, with at least a cumulative C average grade or equivalent in other academic subjects.
  • Leadership
    • This criteria is at your discretion as advisor. Generally speaking any school or community activity that students are actively involved in will suffice.
  • Service
    • Similar to leadership, this criteria is at your discretion as advisor. Service activities include any actions undertaken by the student that are done with or on behalf of others without any direct financial or material compensation to the individual performing the service.
  • Character
    • Judgment of character should be free of speculation and rumor. One description of character is a person who demonstrates respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship. Chapters are encouraged to take this model and modify it to meet their local needs.

Advisor Criteria

The Chapter Advisor serves as the link between NAfME and the members of their chapter. A Chapter Advisor:

  • Shall be a member of the faculty or the principal of that school
  • Shall receive all official Tri-M communications from NAfME
  • Has the option to designate co-advisors
  • Has no term limit Duties:
  • Selects candidates for membership or oversees a faculty committee that does so
  • Responsible for the day-to-day supervision of the chapter
  • Acts as liaison between faculty, administration, students, and community
  • Oversees Chapter Officers
  • Attends all chapter meetings
  • Maintains chapter compliance with Tri-M standards and obligations
  • Submits chapter renewal form each year
  • Reviews and signs Chapter Summary Report as prepared by Chapter Officers each year


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