Nebraska Tri-M Music Honor Society

The Tri-M Music Honor Society is a national program of NAfME, focusing on creating future leaders in music education and music advocacy. There are over 1,900 chapters across 50 states, involving more than 75,000 students in grades 6-12. Besides shining a bright light on their school's music programs, these future leaders contribute more than 750,000 service hours in their local communities.

For more information about how you can become involved in the Nebraska society, please contact Membership Director Kayla Nilson. 

START A TRI-M CHAPTER!

Having a Tri-M Chapter in your school will:

  • Recognize the outstanding music students in your school and the importance of music education in shaping the leaders of tomorrow.
  • Highlight your music program and make an impact in your community through public performances and service projects.
  • Motivate students to take on leadership roles within the chapter and develop key skills for future success.

Starting a chapter is easy and only takes 3 steps:

  1. Select a Chapter Advisor
  2. Complete a new chapter membership form and submit the $100.00 activation fee
  3. Receive a certificate and welcome packet with everything you need to get started!

For more information on Tri-M Music Honor Society, visit https://www.musichonors.com/educators/

2022 TRI-M SYMPOSIUM

The 2022 Tri-M Symposium will be held on Wednesday, November 16 at the Cornhusker Hotel in downtown Lincoln. Registration is $30 per student, and registration forms will be sent to chapter advisors by Director of Membership Affairs Kayla Nilson. Those registration forms will be due by November 1. 

Download the Symposium Regristration Form

The Tri-M Symposium schedule can also be found on page 1 of the NMEA Conference Schedule. All scheduled times are in Central Time. The schedule is subject to change.

TRI-M SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE
TIME EVENT LOCATION
9:45am Check-In by Tri-M Advisor Cornhusker Hotel (CH) Atrium
10:00am-10:40am Keynote: John Jacobson
Artist and Teacher: Living the Double Dream
CH Lancaster Ballroom
10:50am-11:35am SESSIONS  
  Songs in the Key of Me
John Jacobson
CH Lancaster Ballroom
  The Joys of Teaching Music
Dr. Glenn Nierman, Maureen Halama, Brian Nelson
CH Lancaster Ballroom
11:40am-12:20pm Lunch

CH Atrium / Grand Ballroom A, B, C

12:30pm-1:15pm Songs in the Key of Me
John Jacobson
CH Lancaster Ballroom
  The Joys of Teaching Music
Dr. Glenn Nierman, Maureen Halama, Brian Nelson
CH Lancaster Ballroom
1:20pm-2:00pm Chapter Mixer / Poster Presentations CH Lancaster Ballroom

 

SYMPOSIUM SESSION INFORMATION

Tri-M Keynote: Artist and Teacher: Living the Double Dream
Presenter: John Jacobson
10:00 am, CH Lancaster Ballroom

John Jacobson is the author and composer of many musicals and choral works that have been performed by millions of children worldwide, as well as educational videos and tapes that have helped music educators excel in their individual teaching arenas. He is also recognized internationally as a creative and motivating speaker for teachers and students involved in choral music education. John is the founder and president of America Sings! Inc., a non-profit organization that encourages young performers to use their time and talents for community service. Most recently, John created John Jacobson’s Music Experience an annual subscription program for k-8 music classrooms that includes songs, sheet music, instructional choreography videos, motivational videos, rehearsal and demo tracks, exciting interviews with industry leaders, and so much more. www.jjand-meinc.com

 

Songs in the Key of Me
Presenter: John Jacobson
10:50 am / 12:30 pm, CH Lancaster Ballroom

John Jacobson will introduce songs and activities that celebrate the beauty of the individual, build character and community, teach skills to develop healthy identities, manage emotions, achieve personal and collective goals, show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible, caring decisions.

The Joys of Teaching Music: Questions and Perspectives
Presenters: Dr. Glenn Nierman, Maureen Halama, Brian Nelson
10:50am / 12:30 pm CH Lancaster Ballroom

This discussion will be an opportunity for Tri-M members to interact with two outstanding young Nebraska music educators in a 40-minute question and answer format. You will meet Maureen Halama, K-12 vocal music teacher at Meridian Public Schools and the 2017 recipient of the NMEA Outstanding Young Music Educator Award; and Brian Nelson, Band Director in the Elkhorn Public Schools and the 2020 Recipient of the NMEA Outstanding Young Music Educator Award. Fielding your questions for this discussion will be Dr. Glenn Nierman who is Professor Emeritus in the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and National Association for Music Education Past President (2014-2016).

Dr. Glenn Neirman is Professor Emeritus in the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He retired as the Distinguished Glenn Korff Professor of Music Education and Associate Director of the Glenn Korff School of Music U.S. National Association for Music Education Past President (2014-2016). Dr. Nierman is also a 2008 inductee into the Nebraska Music Educators Association Hall of Fame and was elected a Lowell Mason Fellow by the National Association for Music Education. 
Maureen Halama is the PK-12 Vocal Music Teacher at Meridian Public Schools and previously taught 6-12 Instrumental Music at Fairbury Public Schools and K-12 Vocal Music at Wilber-Clatonia Public Schools. She is a  2017 Young Music Educator of the Year by the Nebraska Music Educators Association. 
Brian Nelsen is the Band Director at Elkhorn South High School. He has been with the Elkhorn Public Schools district for four years teaching at Elkhorn High School (2018-2020), Elkhorn Ridge Middle School (2020-21), and Elkhorn South High School (2021-present). Mr. Nelson is the 2020 recipient of the Young Music Educator of the Year by the Nebraska Music Educators Association.