Tri-M Music Honor Society Inducts 18 New Members

Tri-M Music Honor Society Inducts 18 New Members
Posted on 04/27/2018
Tri-M Music Society InductionOn April 24, 18 new members were inducted into the Tri-M Music Honor Society at Binghamton High School. The Tri-M Music Honor Society is an international program of the National Association for Music Education dedicated to the recognition of exceptional music in grades 6-12.
   
The student musicians who were inducted were recognized for not only their academic and musical talents, but also their character, dedication and leadership skills. To apply for membership the students must be recommended by the BHS music faculty and submit an application, formal transcript, list of musical achievements and a brief essay describing what service project they believe the community might need. The students also needed to have maintained a 92 grade point average in all music classes, with a cumulative 88 average grade in other academic subjects.

Elizabeth Bartlett, a music teacher at the high school, started the chapter at the high school last year. She said that the candidates must demonstrate respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring and citizenship.

“Tri-M is the only national honor society for student musicians in the country,” Bartlett said. “It highlights BHS’s music program and gives students the opportunity to perform, lead, and serve. What is so special about Tri-M, besides the service aspects, is the beautiful shared experiences these students have as a group of musicians.”

Tri-M is a service-based organization that focuses on creating future leaders in music education and music advocacy. Bartlett said it was important to her to start the chapter at BHS because she felt that the student musicians needed a way to showcase their successes in other ways than through school concerts.

“Our students needed a way to give back to the community through using their shared musical gifts to lift up, empower and support others,” Bartlett said.

Currently the chapter’s service project is working as concert assistants. Each member attends elementary and middle school Spring concerts as helpers.

“These students are looked upon as mentors to our young musicians often performing with them on the, assisting the music teachers, and all around being positive role models for our young musicians,” Bartlett said. “We are hoping to expand next year into partnering up Tri-M members with elementary schools students to become practice buddies. Tri- M students hope to inspire the next generation of BCSD musicians.”

This is the second year for Tri-M which now has 40 members. The music honor society also inducted its first honorary member, Allen Thompson. Thompson was a former band director for the district and retired from BCSD after 35 years of teaching. He touched the lives of many students through music and with has said that music will always be part of his life. Music is also part of his family life. His daughter is Wendi Stetson, a music teacher for MacArthur Elementary School and two of his granddaughters are part of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.