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Tri-M in Bullet Points: It’s Easy to See Why Now is the Time to Join the Movement

byTroy Trimble, CMEA Tri-M Representative

Alot has happened over the past few months and most of us are taking the summer to regroup and plan for a very unusual and uncertain fall. If there is one thing that has remained certain, it is that music and the arts are more important now than ever. How better to get that point across and to get your students mobilized than finally starting that Tri-M chapter you’ve been putting off? I’ve broken it all down into some bullet points below, but please take a look at the Tri-M website at www.musichonors.com for more detailed information and tons of resources to get started. Take this summer to get set up and ready to go - it’s very simple!

What is Tri-M Music Honor Society?

• It is a nationally recognized honor society just like CSF, NHS, and Thespians. • Tri-M (three M’s) stands for Modern Music Masters. • The honor society exists to promote music within the school and community through music performance and community service.There is an underlying focus in Tri-M to train students to be future leaders in music education and music advocacy as a way to transition into NAfME Collegiate Chapters and later, into pre-service teachers. • There are junior level (middle school) and senior level (high school) chapters.

Quick data for Tri-M in California:

• There were 103 active chapters in California schools at the end of the 2019 school year, 11 of which were junior chapters. California has by far the greatest total number of active chapters within the Western Division of NAfME each year. • California is currently ranked 10th out of all the 50 state

MEAs in total active chapter numbers. We have the highest population of any US state and we look to continue to climb that ladder until we are #1! • In 2014, CMEA established a 10% growth goal of Tri-M chapters in California and we have met this goal every year with the exception of 2017 (3% growth). We are happy that the number of chapters in California continues to rise each year! Each year at CASMEC, our All-State musicians hear about Tri-M Music Honor Society through a short presentation directly targeted at them as the best and brightest musicians and student leaders in their music programs. The 2016 NAfME National Tri-M Chapter of the Year Award went to Chapter #4431 at Homestead High School in Cupertino, CA. They were second runner up the following year as well!

As Tri-M Representative you must have a great Tri-M Chapter at your school! What do Tri-M activities look like year-round as part of your calendar?

I started my Tri-M journey knowing next to nothing and I began by using all the resources on the website to get started. It’s very easy to get started and all the resources are there for you to use from the get-go. It is now many years down the line and our chapter is very self-sufficient and student-run. It is an honor to work with these students! Here are a few basic things that happen each year at our school: • Monthly chapter meetings and bi-monthly officer meetings. • Fundraising during the winter concerts (Choral and

Instrumental) that raise enough money for the chapter to keep running year to year. • School and Community Service projects throughout the year as needs arise and students have interest to help in various areas. MLK, Jr. Day is always a great one to start with! • March is Music in our Schools Month and our chapter plans for many months to have lots going on at our school during the month. In the future, I plan to write an article just about

Start/Renew your Tri-M ® chapter

2019-2020 Tri Like Tri-M on Facebook Shop Tri-M Merchandise -M ®

FEB

Recognition of Excellence Forms due April 10, 2020 Academic Calendar Plan a service project for Music in Our Schools Month ® (March)

Start/Renew your Tri AUG SEP Select student officers -M ® chapter Like Tri-M on Facebook Plan your chapter inductions Shop Tri-M Merchandise Plan a fall service project

SEP

Visit Select student officers Chapter Resources, Advisor Resources, Student Resources for more Plan your chapter inductions information

Plan a fall service project Create a chapter website Visit Chapter Resources, Advisor ReShare your Tri-M story on social media sources, Student Resources #musichonorstories for more information

OCT NOV

Create a chapter website

Share your Tri-M story on social media #musichonorstories

DEC Plan a Tri (January) -M National Service Day project

NOV FEB MAR

Recognition of Excellence Forms due April 10, 2020 Music in Our Schools Month service project

Plan a service project for Music in Our Schools Month ® (March) Share your Tri-M story on social media #musichonorstories

MAR Music in Our Schools Month service project APR Spring chapter inductions Share your Tri-M story on social media Recognition of Excellence #musichonorstories Forms due April 24 2020

Order Tri-M graduation regalia APR Spring chapter inductions MAY Recognition of Excellence Forms due April 24 2020 Chapter of the Year Scholarship applications due May 1, 2020

Order Tri Presented by -M graduation regalia Schmidt Vocal Arts

Share your Tri-M story on social media MAY Chapter of the Year Scholarship applications due May 1, 2020 #musichonorstories Presented by Schmidt Vocal Arts IMPORTANT

DEC JAN Plan a Tri-M National Service Day project (January) National Tri-M Day of Service (January 20, 2020) Share your Tri-M story on social media

Date Share your Tri Event Description -M story on social media #musichonorstories

IMPORTANT

JAN

National Tri-M Day of Service (January 20, 2020)

Share your Tri-M story on social media

Date Event Description

MIOSM planning and ideas! • Chapter Induction Ceremony at the end of the year. • Our Tri-M Chapter is involved with music performances in December (holiday music at the local coffee shop) and June (for the International

Day of Music).

Take a look at the Academic and Chapter Activity Calendar found at www.musichonors.com. It is a great general guideline for the basics of what your chapter should be doing throughout the year.

How do I get started? How can I keep up with it each year?

• Everything you need can be found at www. musichonors.com. Chapter Activation/Renewal can now be done online. • If you need more support, feel free to reach out to your MEA and/or NAfME Division Tri-M

Representatives. Since I hold both positions, please email me! (troyatrimble@gmail.com). • The Facebook group Tri-M Chapter Advisors is also a great resource once you get started!

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