(March 1 - June 1)
The Texas Music Scholar Award designates students in high school music programs who exemplify attributes of meritorious performance in the areas of scholarship, musicianship, and citizenship.
Designation is attained by TMEA Active Member recommendation of students in grades 9-12 who have met the following criteria during the current school year:
- Is a viable member of the school’s parent musical organization for the entire school year.
- Maintains in all cumulative coursework an overall “A” average as defined by the local school district for the current school year.
- Maintains academic eligibility for the entire school year.
- Participates in all scheduled events of the parent organization.
- Attends, as an audience member, two director-approved concert events of high school, collegiate or professional level during a school year. This requirement may be fulfilled with viewing of an online concert(s) lasting one or more hours. Student must receive prior approval from the director for this substitution.
- Has auditioned, been selected, and participated as required in a TMEA or ATSSB organization (band, orchestra, or choir).
- Performs a UIL Prescribed Music List Class 1 solo for a competition or public performance. This requirement may be fulfilled in a number of ways. Examples include live streaming, recording and posting on YouTube, or performing and recording in the presence of family. Director must view the performance (live stream or recording) to meet this criteria.
- Consistently exhibits behavior which brings honor to the parent organization, school and community.
These criteria may be met through participation singularly or in any combination of band, orchestra, or vocal organizations. The distinction may be achieved each school year.
The school year is defined as the beginning of the year through the next-to-the-last official grade reporting period of the local school district for the purposes of calculating grade averages and determining eligibility.
To recommend a student for this award, fill out the online form, print the required Certification Form and send it to the TMEA office with the appropriate signatures prior to the May 1 deadline (postmarked or emailed by June 1). Late applications will not be accepted.
Texas Music Scholars receive a patch, certificate, and press release that will be mailed to the student's home address.
For this year only: verification on the student's overall A average will rest solely with the director.
Please note that this is an award, not a scholarship or other offer of money.