Tri-M Chapter #8049: A National Music Honor Society

Are you ready to Join Tri - M Chapter #8049?

New Memberships Forms and Procedures

New Member Requirments

In order to Join members must meet the following criteria:

  • Students MUST have taken lessons at Resonance School of Music for at least SIX Months. This is the Only lesson Requirement and is Valid for only new membership applicants. If you have taken lessons with us in the past. And those lessons amounted to  SIX MONTHS of study you may still apply. 
  • Students CAN apply for membership if they are at a minimum entering 8th grade. 8th and 9th-grade students are part of our Junior Division while 10th -12th-grade students are part of our Senior Division.
  • Students MUST have performed a Solo piece of Music on an RCM 5 or higher.
  • Students MUST hold an average GPA of 3.0 or B Average at the time of Application and need to submit an official transcript or printout of their final report card. All Grades are kept confidential and are only viewed by the Resonance School Education Director Christopher Flaherty.
  • Students MUST submit their application during the summer for the following year. All applications, including renewals, are due no later than September 1st each year.
  • Students MUST submit an Essay consisting of (2) pages and answering (1) of the following Questions.


  1.  Why would you like to join Tri -M and what leadership qualities will you bring to our chapter?
  2. Why do you enjoy playing music?
  3. Who is your favorite composer and why? Please don’t write a biography. We want to know what about that composer’s music you enjoy.

New Membership Perks.


  • New members will take part in our induction ceremony and banquet.
  • New members will receive new member certificates.
  • New members can take part in the Mid Atlantic Music Teachers Guild competitions in the spring.

Active Membership Registrations Online 

This Section is only for active members of The Tri – M Chapter #8049. For new Applicants please see the above information. 

Please Remember: If you are an ACTIVE member you do not need to be actively taking monthly lessons in order to renew your membership. Although chapter #8049 is sponsored by Resonance School of Music we do not require lessons for continued membership. The Requirements for active members are listed below.

Active Membership Requirments. 

Welcome back inducted members of the Resonance School of Music Tri-M Chapter!  As a member of this chapter, you will be expected to inspire change in our community, imagine ways to provide music as an agent of this change, and dream of a prospective future where music may help provide a peaceful environment nationwide.

This year, our main goal is to aid in the ability of music education to reach all people in our community.  This will entail several fundraising events and outreaches into the community.  All members will be expected to attend all informational chapter meetings, as well as actively participate in many of these events.  In the case of absence, please contact the chapter advisor, Christopher Flaherty. At the bottom of this page is the calendar for next years events. 

The main requirements per year (between annual induction ceremonies) will be:

  • Participating in at least two performances through Resonance School of Music. 
  • Participating in at least two volunteer-based events the chapter hosts.
  • Leading one of the proposed calendar events. 

Events you participate in will be verified by a form signed by the chapter advisor (if within of Resonance) or an administrator at the event (if outside of Resonance) and handed into a chapter officer or advisor.  These forms can be acquired by contacting a chapter officer or advisor.

To have a successful year, we request that members sign up for the Resonance Tri-M Remind, which will provide announcement notifications for the chapter.  To do this, either text @trim8049 to the number 81010, or use the code @trim8049 in the free Remind app and turn on notifications as to the announcements or reminders for members outside of regular in-person meetings.  You can respond to any of these notifications through text or the app with any questions.

We also hope to have a fun year revolving around music!  Follow @resonancetrim on Instagram and @ResonanceTri Twitter for updates and event posts, and attend the social events we may offer within the chapter.

Active Membership Re-Registration. 


If you are an Active member of our Tri – M  Music community every year you must resubmit your grades for the following school year. Failure to do so will end up with your dismissal from the organization. 

1. You do not have to be actively taking lessons to continue your membership. Once you are in, if you a present for Tri – M functions you are still very much part of our organization. Tri – M is an honor society, and functions outside of Resonance School of Music. It’s benefit is for the musical community, and for our members to enjoy the perks associated with membership.

2. Active users must have completed and participated in Active membership requirements.

3.  Students MUST maintain a B average GPA



Membership Renewal Perks

  • Receive a Tri – M Pin for each year of service.
  • Seniors will receive graduation tassels.
  • Continue to build our musical community.
  • Take part in the Annual MAMTG competitions. 

Tri - M School Year Calendar 2019 - 2020

Summer 2019 

  • Register For Tri -M Applications Due: September 1st 2019
  • Renewal Applications Due: September 1st 2019

September 2019

  • Applications are due: September 1st, 2019
  • Applications are accepted September 7th, 2019
  • Induction Ceremony September 21st, 2019 – 7 pm @ Resonance School Woodbury Studio. 
  • Order your Tri – M Shirts and Gear.

October 2019

  • First Meeting  – October 5th, 2019 –  10 am @ Resonance School Woodbury Studio 
  • Breakfast Morning Concert –  October 5th, 2019 – 11 am @ Resonance School Woodbury Studio
  • School Store Fundraiser – October 1st – November 15th, 2019 – Online
  • Promoting the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre Student Luncheon. 

November 2019

  • Second Meeting – Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 10 am – Resonance School Sewell Studio. 
  • Month-long can food drive for Thanksgiving. November 10th – 28th 2019 



December 2019

  • Third Meeting – December 7th, 2019 – Resonance School Sewell Studio 
  • Nursing Home Carols and Concert TBA – Woodbury Mews 
  • Christmas at The Crossings – Resonance School Woodbury Location TBA
  • Competition Discovery Session I – 7 pm Friday, December 20th, 2019 – Resonance School Sewell Studio. 

January 2020

  • Fourth Meeting – Saturday, January 4th, 2020 – 10 am – Resonance School Sewell Studio 
  • Program Folding – Friday, January 17th, 2020 6 – 8 pm – Resonance School Sewell Studio 
  • Winter Recitals – Saturday, January 18th, 2020 – Bunker Hill Presbyterian Church.  All day event. 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. – January 20th, Project to be announced. 
  • Competitions Sessions II, & Registration, Friday, January 25th, 2020 – 7 pm – Resonance School Sewell Studio. 


February 2020

  • Competition Application Sent Out February 1st, 2020
  • Fifth Meeting –  February 1st, 2020 10am  – Resonance School Woodbury Studio.  Competition Rehearsal to follow. 
  • Music Heart Note Fundraiser, Entire Month of February. 

March 2020,

Music in Our Schools Month

  • Sixth Meeting – March 6th, 2020 – 10 am – Resonance School Woodbury Studio.
  • Dress Rehearsal For 2020 MAMTG Competitions  – TBA
  • March of Dimes Fundraiser – All Month Long.
  • Promoting of our Competition Team.

April 2020

  • Competition / Dates and Times To Be Announced as the Event Rolls Closer. There will be no Monthly Meeting this Month. Instead, extra time is dedicated to the competitions. 

May 2020

  • Seventh and Last Meeting May 9th, 2020 – 10 am – Resonance School Woodbury Studio. This Meeting is mandatory.
  • Mothers Day Concerts are on the same day and location at 10 am and 12 pm. 

June 2020

  • Senior and Junior Recitals @ Resonance School Woodbury Studio

Senior Recitals are at 6 pm 

Junior Recitals are at 4 pm 

Our Alumni Members

2019 Resonance School of Music  Tri -M  Student Alumni Members


Ashleigh Neilio (Voice)  – Belmont University – Music Business


Jillian Heier ( Voice) – Scranton University – Environmental Sciences


Mackenzie Conaway (Voice) – Montclair University – Music Therapy


Kyle Sheridan (Voice) – Rowan College at Gloucester County – Computer Science



Resonance School of Music Chapter #8049 By Laws.

 Bylaws for Tri-M Local Chapter #8049

All Tri-M chapters function under the governing policies of the Tri-M Program Guidelines. Only NAfME staff is allowed to amend the Tri-M Program Guidelines. Each chapter is expected to amend, revise, and amplify the bylaws below in simple, direct language with information and procedures pertinent to the chapter’s operation. These bylaws should define the limits of authority for the organization and give a sense of both order and purpose to the chapter’s activities.


We, the members of the Resonance School of Music, in an effort to inspire music participation, create enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulate a desire to render service, and promote leadership in the music students of our school, accept these bylaws for the establishment and operation of our Tri-M Music Honor Society chapter.

Article I—Chapter Name and Location

The name of this chapter will be known as:

Tri-M Music Honor Society Chapter 8049 at Resonance School of Music.

Article II—Division

These bylaws will account for both the senior and junior chapters of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Members in grades eight and nine will be accounted as junior division members, and those of grades 10-12 will be accounted as senior division members of Tri-M.  Both will be identified under the chapter number 8049.

Article III—Purpose

The purpose of this chapter will be to:

 Provide accessible musical education to all members of the Resonance Music Program and Our Communities

• Strengthen our school’s music program

 Inspire our members to reach their full musical potential

• Encourage our members to work together toward the same goal

• Inspire and challenge our members

• Focus public attention on our school’s music program through community service

Article IV—General Powers

The Tri-M chapter participants are limited to the powers vested to them by NAfME, the Tri-M Program Guidelines, and these bylaws.

In any matter not provided for in the Tri-M Program Guidelines, these chapter bylaws, or by local, state, or federal law, Tri-M Chapter 8049 at Resonance School of Music will act by majority vote of those present at any annual, regular, or special meeting when called for by officers and the primary advisor in agreement..

As a program of Resonance School of Music, this Tri-M chapter understands that the school managers have the power to veto any local Tri-M decisions.

Only NAfME has the power to amend or revise the Tri-M Program Guidelines.

Article V—Membership

Section One—Membership Classes Members shall be Active, Alumni, or Honorary.

Active members are any students accepting membership in a currently active Tri-M chapter. Membership is either Senior or Junior, depending on the chapter’s classification (see Article II). Active members have a voice and a vote in chapter affairs.

Upon graduation from 12th grade, active members become alumni members. Alumni members shall have no voice or vote in chapter affairs.

Chapters shall reserve the right to bestow honorary membership to guest clinicians, school officials, principals, teachers, Tri-M advisors, adults, or students with disabilities who are unable to fully meet the active-member criteria. Other students are not eligible for honorary membership. Honorary membership is awarded by the chapter advisor in recognition of achievement and/or outstanding service rendered to the chapter in keeping with the purpose of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Honorary members have no voice or vote in chapter affairs.

Section Two—Active Membership

A. Requirements

Candidates for active student membership shall be chosen by a faculty committee made up of three faculty members appointed by the chapter primary advisor. Candidates for active student membership shall be chosen from those students enrolled in the music department at Resonance School of Music. Candidates, at the time of their selection, shall meet the following requirements:

• They must have enrolled in a music ensemble and/or class for at least one semester of the current school year at Resonance School of Music;

• They must exhibit leadership, service, and character in their activities while at Resonance School of Music; and

• They must have maintained for the previous semester at least an RCM playing level 5 with at least a B average grade or equivalent in academic subjects at their secondary school.

Once inducted, members must meet the following requirements to upkeep membership:

• They must perform in at least two performances through Resonance School of Music per year;

• They must participate in at least two volunteer events hosted by the chapter per year;

• They must strive to attend all chapter meetings, and upon absence must actively invest in staying informed about what they missed from the meeting.

B. Public Notice

A written description of the selection procedure shall be made available to all music students and their parents prior to candidate consideration. The selection procedure shall be consistent with articles of the Tri-M Program Guidelines.

Candidates may volunteer for indicated chapter events, but will not have a vote in choices within the chapter, and are not permitted to attend chapter-exclusive meetings.

C. Lapsed Membership

Members and their eligibility for Tri-M membership shall be reviewed on an annual basis to consider their continued participation in the Tri-M program. These reviews shall be done at the beginning of June, by a faculty committee of three. The review shall confirm the member’s enrollment in a Resonance School of Music music ensemble and/or class for at least one semester of the current school year and that the member has maintained for the previous semester at least an RCM of 5, with at least a C average grade or equivalent in other academic subjects.

If a current member does not or cannot meet the academic or music criteria necessary to be considered a Tri-M member, his or her membership will lapse in good standing until the music and academic criteria are once again met.

The chapter advisor shall determine when a lapsed member is reinstated based upon proof that membership criteria have once again been met.

D. Dismissal

Dismissal is a permanent revocation of Tri-M membership without the option of reinstatement unless overturned by an appeal.

Dismissal is warranted by flagrant violation of school rules or criminal law. A member may be dismissed without warning. A written documentation of the dismissal procedure shall be available to interested parties.

Any member who is dismissed shall surrender all Tri-M insignia items to the chapter advisor. If the member paid for the membership insignia items, the chapter will reimburse the student for the original cost of the items.

E. Dismissal Appeal

A member who has been dismissed may appeal the decision. The primary advisor shall assign an impartial faculty committee of three or more to review the appeal. The same rules that would be used for a disciplinary appeal in the school district shall apply.

Section Three—Alumni Membership

Upon graduation, active members shall become alumni members. Alumni members shall have no voice or vote in chapter affairs.

Section Four—Honorary Membership

The chapter advisor may award honorary memberships in recognition of achievement and/or outstanding service rendered to the chapter in keeping with the purpose of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Honorary membership may be awarded to guest clinicians, school officials, principals, teachers, Tri-M advisors, adults, or students with disabilities who are unable to fully meet the active member criteria. Other students are not eligible for honorary membership. Honorary members have no voice or vote in chapter affairs.

Article VI—Executive Committee

Section One—Committee Members

The executive committee of this chapter will consist of a chapter advisor, a group of co-advisors, and student officers.

The co-advisors are assigned by the primary advisor of the chapter, and are implemented in decision-making and facilitating chapter events.

The student officers maintain positions of president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and historian, and are responsible for actively maintaining contact about the chapter.

Section Two—Chapter Advisor

The chapter advisor of this chapter shall be a full-time teacher in the music department at Resonance School of Music. This chapter will have co-advisors appointed by the advisor to assist with chapter operations.

Advisors are responsible for communicating with officers about ideas regarding finance, events, and chapter meetings.

Section Three—Student Officers


The student officers of this chapter will include a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and historian.  All positions, exempting those of president and vice president, may be designated in pairs.

All officers are responsible for representing the branch as a role model in both character and musical excellence.  The officers must pursue prompt and accurate communication and participation within the chapter, as well as contributing the the planning and completion of Tri-M events while they are in office.  The officers must act as representatives of the chapter, both inside and out of Resonance School of Music.

Section Four—Quorum Requirement

A majority of the officers and the chapter advisor constitute a quorum.

Chapter advisors must be present at all official general or officer meetings, but the officer board may maintain contact outside of such meetings without the presence of an advisor, so long as the primary advisor stays informed about all decisions.

Article VII—Duties of the Executive Committee

Section One—Chapter Advisor

The advisor of this chapter will act as supervisor, guide, and counselor in all matters pertaining to chapter operations. The advisor will attend all executive committee and chapter meetings and will help officers fulfill their respective duties, including maintaining chapter records and submitting chapter fees with the proper forms.

Section Two—President

The chapter president will lead the members toward the attainment of the goals of this chapter and of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. The president will preside at all meetings of the chapter and of the executive committee. The president and the other officers will conduct the induction ceremony for new members and will hold an election to appoint new officers to preside the following year.  The president presides over any media relations representing as well as within the chapter.  The president assures all events and relations involving the chapter run smoothly alongside the vice president.

Section Three—Vice President

The vice president of this chapter will preside at all meetings of the chapter in the absence of the president, and it will be his or her duty to assist the president. If programs, special projects, or activities are planned in addition to the membership presentation ceremony, the vice president will also serve as program chairperson.  The vice president will assist in communication within the chapter regarding events.

Section Four—Secretary

The secretary of this chapter will keep an accurate record of attendance, minutes, and all transactions and meetings of the chapter. The secretary will also serve as a publicity chairperson by assisting with the advertisement of events the chapter assists in or runs.  The secretary will act as the membership chairperson and overseer.

Section Five—Treasurer

The treasurer of this chapter will keep an accurate record of all monies disbursed for events, all membership pin emblems, cards, certificates, and insignia items secured from the national office, and all monies received to budget for donation purposes. The treasurer will report at each meeting the receipts, disbursements, and cash balance on hand. The chapter advisor should make an audit of the treasurer’s records at the end of each semester.

Section Six—Historian

The chapter historian shall keep a comprehensive record of all programs presented by the chapter and its members, including pictures and news clippings.  The historian must also serve as social chairperson, in charge of compiling and distributing any online media usage throughout their term.  The historian will be responsible for compiling the chapter’s entry for Chapter of the Year should the chapter advisors and executive board choose for this to be applied for.

Article VIII – Application and Selection of Officers

Section One – Application

During a spring meeting, the current members of Tri-M may apply for their desired position/positions.  may then choose the next year’s officers, who will take formal office publicly at the following fall Tri-M induction.  The secretary/secretaries, historian(s), and treasurer(s) must be in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.  The vice president and president must be in 11th or 12th grade.  All applicants must have been a member of Tri-M for at least one previous school year.

Section Two – Selection

The primary advisor and co-advisors, as well as the current student president, work together to decide the next year’s officers.  The board of advisors may decide the process of application by student applicants, and have the final decision in selection of the officers.  Otherwise, the selection process must be completely impartial in regards to race, gender, sexual orientation, and religion.

Article IX—Vacancies on the Executive Committee

Vacancies occurring on the executive committee during the school year will be filled on a temporary basis with chapter members selected by the chapter advisor. Temporary executive committee assignments are valid only until the primary advisor and a selected board of co-advisors, along with the current president, choose a permanent replacement for the position through the member application process.

Article X—Meetings

Section One—Planning

The executive committee will meet in advance to outline scheduled meetings.  When time does not allow for an executive meeting before the next meeting, the president can plan the outline.  Both methods of planning must be approved by the primary advisor.

Section Two—Times

Regular meetings during the school year shall be on days designated by the executive committee and in accordance with school policy and regulations.  Members must actively seek to stay informed on when and where each meeting will be taking place.

Section Three—Frequency

There will be at least one scheduled informational meeting of this chapter per month and determined by the chapter advisor.

Section Four—Voting

All members may attend scheduled meetings. No meeting may be held unless the chapter advisor is present. Only the chapter advisor and active student members have a voice or vote in chapter affairs.

Section Five—Special Meetings

The chapter president or other designated student leader may call special meetings approved by the executive committee.

Section Six—Meeting Decorum

Meetings shall be conducted according to Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised (Perseus Publishing) in all points not expressly provided for in the Tri-M Program Guidelines or these chapter bylaws.

Article XI—Induction Ceremony

This chapter will hold at least one public induction ceremony each school year as planned by the executive committee and affirmed by the chapter primary advisor. All induction ceremonies will be held after school hours with parents, friends, school officials, faculty members, and other students in the music department invited to attend.

Article XII—Bylaw Ratification

Bylaws must be approved by the chapter advisor and school management team and receive a two- thirds affirmative vote from the Executive Committee members to be ratified as law of the organization.

Article XIII—Amendments

The chapter shall regularly review these bylaws and amend or revise them if they do not meet the current needs of the chapter. Any amendment or revision must be consistent with the Tri-M Program Guidelines.

Any member may submit minor revision drafts to the Executive Committee for consideration. A specially appointed bylaws revision committee shall draft major revisions or complete bylaw rewrites. Revision proposals must be passed in written form by an Executive Committee majority vote as well as the primary advisor’s approval.

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