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Posted Friday, April 3, 2009
Pittsboro, NC - The Tri-M Music Honor Society, the honor society for secondary school music students announces the chartering of a new chapter at Northwood High School in Pittsboro, NC under the leadership of Marilyn Shugart, Vocal Arts and Guitar Teacher, Eugene Cottrell, Band Director, and with the support of the Northwood High School Arts Education Foundation
The formation of this chapter signifies the school's recognition of the importance of the arts in the development of a comprehensive educational program. The Tri-M Music Honor Society provides a means of recognizing the efforts and achievements of music students who volunteer their time and share their musical talent with others. Since 1952, almost 5,000 Tri-M chapters have been chartered in the United States and abroad, and current membership among secondary students exceeds 45,000.
The goal of Tri-M is to foster greater interest in band, orchestra and choral performance and to provide more opportunities for personal musical expression. Students are selected for membership in the honor society on the basis of musicianship, scholarship, character, leadership, and service to their school and community. The organization's high standards serve to challenge students to greater effort and achievement and the pursuit of excellence.
In 1983, the Tri-M Music Honor Society became a program of MENC: The National Association for Music Education. MENC, with more than 120,000 members, is the world's largest arts organization and is dedicated to the advancement of music education at the national and local levels.
Students at Northwood were selected and inducted during March 2009. March is designated by MENC as Music In Our Schools month. Selection into Tri-M Honor Society is a privilege like that of National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society, and will be based on students having a 3.0 GPA, a 4.0 in music courses, and exceptional leadership and character. Tri-M students will undertake musical services projects in the community, and when graduating in good standing will earn graduation cords.