MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

Required Training for UIL Area and State Marching Band Judges
UIL Area and State Marching Judge's Academy

Application for membership is currently suspended in order to implement an online Membership Application process. We anticipate the online application to be active by the middle or end of October. Please keep checking back here for updates.

Applications are reviewed and approved each year at the summer conventions and at the TMEA convention.

(Updated October 18, 2018)

New Membership

In order to be considered for active membership in the Texas Music Adjudicators Association (TMAA) all candidates must satisfy the following components:

1. Successful teaching component

Every candidate must have five (5) years of Texas UIL music participation (UIL Concert & Sight Reading or UIL Marching) in the judging field in which he/she is applying.

2. Employment in music education component

Every candidate must be currently employed in the state of Texas, as one of the following:

a. a public school or college music educator
b. a public school music administrator
c. a professional musician - A professional musician is defined as someone whose primary source of income is derived from
performing professionally and/or teaching private music lessons. Being enrolled in a college music degree program does not
automatically confer “professional musician” status to a member.

3. Workshop component

Within four years prior to application for membership (including the year of application), every candidate must have completed a TMAA workshop in the performance areas (band, choir, orchestra, and/or marching band) in which he or she is applying. Example: Applying in 2019 - must have attended a workshop in 2019, 2018, 2017 or 2016.

4. Superior performance component

Directors of public school music groups (grades 7-12)

a) Lead, or primary directors for an ensemble must have earned a Sweepstakes Award (Division I rating in Concert and Division I rating in Sight Reading) at Texas University Interscholastic League (UIL) Concert & Sight Reading Evaluations in each area of application (Band, Choir, Orchestra) and/or a Division I rating at UIL Marching Contest in three of the past five years. This includes the year of application if the UIL evaluation or contest has already occurred for that year at the time of application.


b) Assistant directors, who are using ratings for an ensemble for which they were not the primary conductor, must submit a letter of recommendation from the lead or primary conductor of the ensemble. This letter should detail the responsibilities of the assistant director related to the ensemble preparation for the UIL evaluation or contest.

c) Primary conductors of college/university music organizations must submit documentation attesting to five years of teaching experience and participation in UIL music evaluations in the areas of application (band, choir, orchestra, and/or marching band). They must also submit three letters of recommendation from current TMAA members. These letters must state qualifications of the candidate relating to their teaching or judging experiences.

5. Adjudicator/clinician component

a. A candidate must have served as an adjudicator in a Texas UIL music evaluation in his or her areas of application (choir, band, orchestra, and/or marching band) in at least two different regions within the five years prior to the application being reviewed for approval by the Committee on Standards of Adjudication and Performance Practices (CSAPP). The five-year period includes the current year if the contest for the area of application has taken place at the time the application is reviewed by the CSAPP. Being an adjudicator for the TMEA Honor Band/Orchestra Competition, the ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series or other local/school district contests/festivals cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.

Or

b. A candidate may satisfy the adjudicator/clinician component by serving once as an adjudicator in a Texas UIL music evaluation and once as a clinician-conductor of a Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) or Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB) All-Region group in his or her area of application within five years prior to application for membership.

Or

c. A candidate may satisfy the adjudicator/clinician component by serving at least once as a conductor of an All-State group in the areas of application within the five years prior to applying for membership.


6. Provisional membership

Provisional membership is earned by candidates who successfully complete components 1-4 listed above and are awaiting the completion of the adjudicator/clinician component.

Provisional members pay annual dues and their names are listed in the TMAA website. Provisional memberships remain in effect for five years. If active status is not gained during the five-year period, the candidate may reapply for membership by submitting a new application including documentation of Division I ratings earned during three of the preceding four years and attendance at a judging workshop within the preceding five years.

Provisional members wishing to move to active membership may do so by submitting a new membership application including documentation of Division I ratings earned during three of the preceding five years, judging workshop attendance during the preceding five years, and two adjudicating/clinician activities as detailed in Section 5 above.


Maintaining Provisional Membership

Provisional members pay annual dues and their names are listed in the Provisional Judging List on the TMAA website. Provisional memberships remain in effect for five years (not including the year membership is approved) and expire on December 31st.

Dues – If a provisional member fails to pay annual dues by the February 1P
stP deadline of each year, they will be placed on probation, removed from the TMAA judging lists, and will be subject to a $50 reinstatement fee in addition to the annual dues. Members who fail to pay their dues by March 1PstP, will have their memberships terminated. Reinstatement, by reapplication for membership, will not be allowed for a period of one year.

Workshop Attendance – If a provisional member fails to attend a judging workshop every four years, they will be placed on probation, removed from the TMAA judging lists, and will be subject to a $50 reinstatement fee. Once the reinstatement fee is received, your name will be returned to regular status while awaiting your attendance at your required judging workshop. You will be given one year to attend a workshop and or your membership will be terminated. Reinstatement, by reapplication for membership, will not be allowed for a period of one year.

If active status is not gained during the five-year period, the candidate may reapply for membership by submitting a new application including documentation of Division I ratings earned during three of the preceding five years and attendance at a judging workshop within the preceding four years.


Maintaining Active Membership

In order to maintain active membership in TMAA, current members must satisfy the following components:

1. Employment in music education component

The member must continue employment as one of the following:
a. a public school or college music educator
b. a public school or college music administrator
c. a professional musician - A professional musician is defined as someone whose primary source of income is derived from performing professionally and/or teaching private music lessons. Being enrolled in a college music degree program does not automatically confer “professional musician” status to a member.

2. Workshop component

The member must attend a TMAA judging workshop in each of his or her judging performance area(s) at least once during each four-year period. Example: Last workshop 2018 – must attend another workshop by December 31, 2022.

If an active member fails to attend a judging workshop every four years, they will be placed on probation, removed from the TMAA judging lists, and will be subject to a $50 reinstatement fee. Once the reinstatement fee is received, your name will be returned to regular status while awaiting your attendance at your required judging workshop. You will be given one year to attend a workshop or your membership will be terminated. Reinstatement, by reapplication for membership, will not be allowed for a period of one year.


3. Attendance component

The member must participate in the TMAA online business each year prior to being able to pay yearly dues.

4. Dues component

The member must pay annual dues. If an active member fails to pay annual dues by the February 1P
stP deadline of each year, they will be placed on probation, removed from the TMAA judging lists, and will be subject to a $50 reinstatement fee in addition to the annual dues. Members who fail to pay their dues by March 1PstP, will have their memberships terminated. Reinstatement, by reapplication for membership, will not be allowed for a period of one year

5. Adjudicator/clinician component

During each five-year period, members must have served, or been invited to serve,

a. as an adjudicator at UIL music contests in at least two UIL music regions,
or
b. as a clinician/conductor in at least two different TMEA or ATSSB regions every five years,
or
c. members may combine adjudicator and clinic activities in at least two different regions,
or
d. as a conductor of an All-State group in the appropriate performance areas.

The 5 year period consists of the current year and then the previous 4 years. The five-year period most forward one each time we enter a new calendar year. Example: If it is currently 2019, then the five-year look back period is from 2015 through 2019.

In addition, a member may apply to have an adjudicating experience in an official state or national music organization contest satisfy the adjudicator/clinician requirement. Documentation must be submitted by the member and is subject to approval by the Committee on Standards of Adjudication and Performance Practices (CSAPP) of TMAA.

Requirements for Retired Membership Category

1. Members who have retired from positions of music teaching, music administration, or that or professional musician may continue their membership in TMAA, with the exception of those who pursue full-time careers in areas that would be considered to be a conflict of interest.

2. Retired members shall conform to all other components required of active members.



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