Tri-Music Honor Society
Tri-Music Honor Society
BY SALKEAL TILLERY ON NOVEMBER 19, 2014
Now is the time of the year when chorus, orchestra and band students alike get a chance to prove their skills and earn a position in the Tri-M Music Honor Society. The Tri-M Honor Society is an Honor Society for all musically involved students who participate in one of the many classes.
“In order to get into Tri-M, students must have an A average in all their music classes and at least a B average in every other class,” music teacher Matthew Howard said.
In order to join, students must also pass the induction ceremony on Nov. 20. The induction ceremony will have students performing on stage either in a group or individually. If a student passes the induction ceremony, they will become an actual member of the Tri-M honor Society and join the chapter. A chapter is basically the group of students that represent the schools Tri-M group. Even if a previous member passed the inductions, they still had to retry this year to reconfirm their position in the honor society.
“Tri-M is a way to encourage and reward those who play music,” senior Madeline Ewen said. “It also helps promote them to continue their practice and get better.”
Should a student wish to try and become a member and succeed, they will be given the chance to obtain a national scholarship available to honor society members. Other benefits from participating in Tri-M would include winning national awards such as the chapter of the year award or more singular rewards such as the Musician of the Year award.
“Although in the past, the chapter wasn’t as active, hopefully over the course of the school year we will be able to get involved in some more service projects,” Howard said.
Although this is Howard’s first year leading the Tri-M, he is planning on trying to get the chapter to be more active as a whole; this may include doing projects to trying for more competitions. Participants in Tri-M also get the chance to check out special performances, go to special music exhibits and even meet other chapter participants.
“This is the first year I’m leading it so im trying to get a little more people involved,”Howard said.
Since Howard has never coordinated Tri-M before, he is trying to incorporate new techniques and ways to get more people interested in the honor society. He is also planning a few things down the line that he plans on doing with those members.
Active members will also be able to be apart of the ASCAP JAM program. The program raises music ownership awareness and the creation of music. Members will get special discounts on various products, electronics, and other exclusive items. There are many reasons to join Tri-M and many benefits from doing so. If one is interested in music and attends music classes and excels they might be interested in this opportunity. Even if a student didn’t the honor society this year, there is always next year to take part in the inductions and put this academic achievement on his or her college resume.