Chapter Advisor Requirements
As a member of the faculty or the principal at the school, the Chapter Advisor serves as the link between NAfME and the members of their chapter.
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.
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
Chapter Advisor duties:
- Select chapter co-advisors and all candidates for membership or oversee a faculty committee that does so
- Responsible for the day-to-day supervision of the chapter
- Act as liaison between faculty, administration, students, and community
- Oversee chapter officers
- Attend all chapter meetings
- Maintain chapter compliance with Tri-M standards and obligations
- Submit chapter renewal form each year
- Review and sign Chapter Summary Report as prepared by chapter officers each year
Candidates must be a member of those classes designated as eligible by the local
chapter. Candidates must have been in attendance at the school for the equivalent of one semester.
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:
- 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 A average grade or equivalent in music, with at least a B average grade or equivalent in other academic subjects. Local chapters may make exceptions to these requirements at the discretion of the chapter advisor with school principal’s approval.
- This criteria is at your discretion as Advisor. Generally speaking, any school or community activity that students are actively involved in will suffice. Leadership roles in both school and community may be considered as long as they can be verified.
- 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.
- 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.
Upon graduation, active members become alumni members. Alumni members will have no voice or vote in chapter affairs.
Awarded by the Chapter Advisor in recognition of achievement and/or outstanding service to Tri-M Music Honor Society. Honorary members have no voice or vote in chapter affairs.