Tradition &

Tri-M Music Honor Society

tri-m-750x256Senior Division Chapter 7109

The Waldorf School of Garden City is proud to have a chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society at our High School. This organization is a local component of the national honor society for music students, sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

Tri-M aims to inspire music participation, generate enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulate a desire to render service, and promote leadership among the music students of our High School. The members of our chapter achieve these goals through performance and community service opportunities both within our walls and in the greater Long Island area.

Potential members are nominated by the Music Faculty of the school on the basis of their academic achievement in their chosen Music Electives as well as their overall schoolwork, and their strength of character and leadership. More information about requirements can be found below.

Chapter Advisor: Andrew Fallu

Requirements for Membership
  • Nomination from your Music Elective Director
  • 90 Average in all music courses
  • 80 Average overall courses
  • Demonstrating respect, responsibility, leadership, trustworthiness, fairness, caring and citizenship
  • Good standing member of the school community (school staff are consulted)
  • Adherence to and respect of classroom policies and procedures
  • Attendance at in-school lessons and concerts, being punctual, being honest and being patient
  • Respecting other students and their learning environment/needs
  • Regular classroom behavior and discipline action (if any) from the year will be reviewed

Nominees who meet all of these criteria will be formally inducted into Tri-M at an annual Induction Ceremony held in the fall. Once an active member, students are expected to continue to meet all of the criteria listed above, as well as fulfill their annual credit quota as listed below:

Tri-M Active Member Credit Quotas

Class Standing Service Quota Performance Credit Total Annual Credits
Freshman 17 3 20
Sophomore 12 3 15
Junior 10 2 12
Senior 8 2 10

SERVICE CREDIT OPTIONS (Minimum Credits Required listed above)


  • 1 credit per ushering assignment (1 credit for the entire evening/performance in total)


  • 1 credit per meeting


  • 1 credit for every 5 hours documented
  • Unlimited credits available (can be non-music related)


  • 1 credit for being a Tri-M Officer


  • 1 credit for proposing a fully formed idea for a chapter service project (performance, fundraiser, charity event, etc.) that is then accepted by the chapter
  • 1 credit for leading event planning for a chapter service project
  • 1 credit for assistance in setting up at chapter service projects
  • 1 credit for assisting in breaking down a chapter service project

Achieving 30 credits in one school year will earn the “Outstanding Service” Award from Tri-M

 PERFORMANCE CREDIT OPTIONS (Minimum Credits Required listed above)


  • 1 credit optional for all active members, with one month advance notice
  • Performance must be approved by the Tri-M Advisor


  • 1 credit per performance
    • Must be a performance that goes above and beyond what is required for your chosen Music Elective (solo, duet, small ensemble performance, NOT standard concert repertoire)


  • 1 credit per performing ensemble
  • Examples include: NYSSMA, All-County, All-State, LISFA, Fermata the Blue A Cappella, High School Musical (pit, stage, or crew) church choir, garage band, etc.
    • Evidence of participation must be provided by submitting a program, photograph, or other proof that the performance took place with the mentioned ensemble, and that the member was a participant


  • 1 credit for a performance, once per year
  • You may not claim credit for a performance you are a part of
  • Cover of program must be submitted with form as evidence
    • Members must be prepared to defend to the Chapter Advisor why their attendance at the specified event was beneficial to their musical development.

Achieving 15 credits or more in one school year will earn the “Master Musician” Award from Tri-M!

Please note: Master Musician Award may also be given out in specific circumstances where the Advisor feels the student has gone far and beyond what is expected of them musically.