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Modern Music Masters Honor Society

The Tri-M Music Honor Society is the international music honor society for middle/junior high and high school students. It is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements, reward them for their accomplishments and service activities, and to inspire other students to excel at music and leadership. Through more than 6000 chartered chapters, Tri-M has helped thousands of young people provide years of service through music in schools throughout the world.

Tri-M shares and supports the objectives of every dedicated music educator—to increase student and school involvement with music and to make a stronger and more unified school music program. Tri-M offers a complete system of rewards that helps inspire students and recognizes excellence in individuals and chapters. With this system, the society builds self-esteem and provides a channel of personal fulfillment.

Tri-M is a program of MENC: The National Association for Music Education, the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of music education. Through its many programs, activities, publications, and conferences, MENC addresses all aspects of music education and works to ensure that every student can be a part of a balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction.

Tri-M was founded in 1936 by Alexander and Frances Harley, incorporated and renamed Modern Music Masters in 1952, and recognized in 1983 as the Tri-M Music Honor Society, a program of MENC: The National Association for Music Education.

A Word from the Founder

If we strive to cultivate musical sensitivity and perception in our students, we must likewise give adequate recognition for their efforts and achievements, and we must inspire them to strive for higher goals. In what better way than by bestowing upon them life membership in a worldwide honorary organization for musical youth?

– Alexander Harley, Founder, Tri-M Music Honor Society

Membership Guidelines

Meetings are vital to the success of any club.  Tri-M meetings are no different.  While we understand that you cannot make every meeting, we hope you will make every effort to go.  If you miss a meeting, you should find an officer to receive an agenda.  Signs are usually posted and announcements will be played over the loud speaker.  Music teachers are also asked to announce when meeting dates are.  If you are unsure about when meetings are in the coming weeks, check the Tri-M board in the hall from the orchestra room.  These meetings are generally held every other Wednesday in Room 124.  Meetings run the full lunch period; it is equally important that you are punctual as well as attentive for the entire meeting.  Attendance at a meeting is worth 1 note. When you come to a meeting you should sign in and take an agenda.  At the end of meetings there will usually be shift sign-up sheets for events.  If you miss three meetings in a row without speaking to the President, you are put on probation.  This means that you will not be allowed to remain in the club if you do not attend the next meeting scheduled. 

Tri-M events are held throughout the year.  While it is not necessary to attend all events, members are strongly encouraged to attend as many events as possible.  Tri-M events are fun and exciting!  When you sign up for events, you will sign up for shifts.  Unless you cancel prior to the event, you are expected to be there. At meetings, we will announce the coming events.  If you have any suggestions for events, we welcome all ideas!  We continually try to add more events to the Tri-M calendar. 

Tri-M Note Guidelines 2014-2015

Notes are community service hours required for all Tri-M members. If a member does not receive the adequate number of notes each year, their membership will be revoked from the Honor Society.

Senior Requirements

- 24 for a tassel

- 30 to be eligible for Tri-M scholarship application

Sophomore/Junior Requirements

- 20 to retain membership

- 30 for outstanding membership

Lunch Meetings

- 1 note for attending

Tri-M Recitals (we may or may not do this)

- 2 notes for performing

- 2 notes for attending (+2 if also performed)

- 1 note for bringing a non-Tri-M friend (2 note max)

- 1 note for bringing food/refreshments

School Performances (includes Fall Fest)

- 2 notes for performing

Outside performances

- 6 note maximum

- 2 notes for performing (none for just attending)


- 2 notes for attending

-1 note for bringing in food/refreshments

-2 notes for performing

-1 note for helping set up

Volunteering with Music Boosters (includes Fall Fest) or a music-related non-profit

-2  notes per 30 minutes

To report notes, email mlwgs.trim@gmail.com. Include where, when, what you did, and how many hours, and the officers will update your total.