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**FOCUS ON FIVE CURRENT STANDINGS**

TAU BETA SIGMA NATIONAL PROGRAMS GUIDE

What is it?

The Focus On Five campaign was first developed by the 2013-2015 NVPSP Jonathan Markowski in 2014. It was designed to encourage each chapter’s participation in Tau Beta Sigma’s National Programs and has evolved to also include highlighting important chapter operations, and district initiatives.

Each year the campaign presents five simple things each chapter can do that are related to our National Programs. Chapters “earn” parts of the Tau Beta Sigma Flag (Stripes & Lyre Piece) by completing each of the challenges set forth during the campaign.

Those chapters who complete the most pieces of the flag will be recognized at each of the District Conventions in 2022 and 2023, as well as the 2023 National Convention in Orlando, Florida!

PIVOT! NATIONAL PROGRAM GUIDANCE

For the 2021-2022 School year, we encourage your chapter to participate in the Focus on Five campaign using a hybrid model. Not everything needs to be done in person, and same with virtual as well! The Red, Blue, and Black stripes can all be accomplished virtually, with the White, Green, and Lyre piece being completed in person for optimal results.

For Tau Beta Sigma Chapter involvement in the Tau Beta Sigma National Programs or Focus on Five Campaign, please review the PIVOT!  National Programs Guidance document.

If you have any questions or concerns about your chapter’s participation in the Tau Beta Sigma National Programs – please contact the Tau Beta Sigma National Vice President for Special Projects, Leslie Gartin (lesler@tbsigma.org).

2021-2022 Focus on Five Campaign Challenges

Red Stripe:

Time to get to work!

  • Appoint your Focus on Five Liaison and have them join the TBS Focus on Five Campaign Facebook Group.
  • Email your Chapter Budget & Constitution to your District Counselor(s).
  • As a chapter, watch the TBS Risk Management Policy Video as a chapter, play Kahoot Game to test knowledge, take a picture of your chapter with the Take a Stand for TBS pledge Cards.
    • *(Link for the Kahoot game, as well as the “Take a Stand for TBS” Pledge cards will be available in the Focus on Five Facebook Group) *

TO RECEIVE THIS STRIPE: Have the Focus on Five Liaison Join the Facebook Group. Please note that they must answer the qualifying questions to be admitted. Submit your completed Chapter Budget and Chapter Constitution to your District Counselors. District Counselors will communicate to the TBS NVPSP on chapters who have submitted their documents by the deadline. Watch the National Risk Management Policy Video as a chapter. Post a picture of the chapter with the Take a Stand for TBS Pledge Cards into the Focus on Five Campaign Group with the date you completed the video viewing. Due October 15, 2021, by 11:59 pm

White Stripe:

Share music within your community by hosting a TBS Coda Project for senior citizens within your community. Chapters are required to host an activity that directly correlates to band and appreciation for or playing of instruments. Refer to the TBS National Programs Guide and the section about Coda for a list of activities and supporting materials for this program.

TO RECEIVE THIS STRIPE: Take pictures of the chapter hosting this event for the senior citizens. Upload your pictures in a post to the Focus On Five Facebook Group. If pictures are not allowed, fill out the Coda Participation Form located in the TBS National Programs Guide and have it signed by an official from the organization your chapter worked with. Due June 1, 2022

Blue Stripe:

Host a Women In Music Speaker Series event for your campus and community, complete with a reception following the presentation. Want to take this event to the next level? Invite more than one Women in Music Speaker to join a panel discussion, or even Live Stream your Women in Music Speaker Event on Facebook and invite other Sisters to watch along! Please refer to the TBS National Programs Guide and the section about the Women In Music Speaker Series for project ideas and execution.

TO RECEIVE THIS STRIPE: Take pictures and/or video of your event in progress, any promotional materials, and picture of your reception. Upload your pictures in a post to the Focus On Five Facebook Group.
Due June 1, 2022

Green:

Inspire the youth in your community by planning and executing a Crescendo project: A Musical Youth Initiative Program. Chapters are required to host an activity that directly correlates to band and appreciation for or playing of instruments. Refer to the TBS National Programs Guide and the section about Crescendo for project ideas and execution.

TO RECEIVE THIS STRIPE: Take pictures of your project in progress and upload them to the Focus On Five Facebook Group. If pictures are not allowed, remember to fill out the Crescendo Participation Form located in the TBS National Programs Guide and have it signed by an official from the organization or school your chapter worked with. Due June 1, 2022

Black Stripe:

For the Black Stripe, chapters are encouraged to be better musicians using the For Greater Practice Initiative! For three consecutive or non-consecutive months, Chapters are encouraged to have 50% of their members practice an average of four hours a month, utilizing group or solo practice on their instrument, flag, breathing gym, etc. Check out the TBSigma Programs Guide for more information.

Looking for online support to complete this mission? Join the Tau Beta Sigma Monthly Practice Challenge Facebook Group!

Looking for an effective way to track your progress? Make a copy of the progress of the For Greater Practice tracking sheet and post it on the Focus on Five Campaign Facebook Group!

To Receive This Stripe: Have 50% or more of your chapter members practice at least four hours a month on their instrument, flag, breathing gym, etc. Turn in the completed tracking sheet to the Facebook group once you as a chapter have completed three months.

Due: June 1, 2022

2021-2022 District Lyre Piece Challenge

The District Lyre Piece is here to challenge chapters to go above and beyond the five core challenges of the Focus on Five Campaign. The Lyre Piece is not required, but a bonus activity for chapters to strive and complete as an extra challenge.

– District Lyre Project –

The District Lyre Project will help your chapter to be more involved in district-specific projects and initiatives.

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Midwest District Lyre Project:
Purpose: The purpose of this project is to build relationships and strengthen connections between the chapters of the Midwest District of Tau Beta Sigma. Although the 10 chapters of the Midwest are spread out enough geographically to make it difficult to meet in person, using virtual means, we can still grow through our connections in the bond of sisterhood. Through completing this lyre piece, we hope to see better communication between chapters, as well as a greater confidence in members of whatever their chapters may be struggling with.

General Guidance:

  • Each Chapter in the Midwest District must participate in BOTH the Fall and Spring portion to receive their district lyre piece.
  • A link will be sent out by the VPSP (Brandi Mazour) to help you make initial contact with the District Officer(s)/Chapter you have been paired with.
  • You may incorporate this activity during one of your Chapter’s meetings if it works well for both Chapters.
  • This meeting can take place over any agreed upon video format.
    • Recommended formats include: FaceTime, Zoom, and Skype

Chapter to Officer Chat:

  • To be completed in the fall semester
    • Completed by or before December 1, 2021
  • Each Chapter will set up a time for a video chat with members of the Midwest District Council (Officers will vary depending on availability)
  • This can be done during a regular meeting, but does not have to be completed that way
  • This is a time to ask the council any questions you may have, and is a great opportunity to get to know your district council on a more personal level
    • Use this time to let us know what you need from us, and how we can help you to be successful in the coming year!
  • To receive this portion, you must submit a screenshot of the video chat on the Focus on Five Campaign Facebook page by the deadline.

Chapter to Chapter Chat: 

  • To be completed in the spring semester
    • Completed by or before June 1, 2022
  • The VPSP (Brandi) will send a form out to each Chapter to fill out. This form will help the VPSP to pair Chapters based on needs, and meeting compatibility
  • Each chapter should ask/answer at least 5 questions (ideas below)
    • Proper introductions are strongly encouraged!
  • This meeting should be AT LEAST 10 minutes long to make sure each chapter has ample time to ask questions
  • To ensure that these meetings have taken place we ask that a member from each chapter is designated to record answers to each of the questions asked, and that you email this to Brandi at mwdvpsp@tbsigma.org
  • To receive this portion, you must submit a screenshot of the video chat on the Focus on Five Campaign Facebook page by the deadline (both chapters must submit)

Possible Questions

Choose AT LEAST 5 questions to ask the members of the opposite Chapter! You can also create your own questions. 

  • Get to know you/ short introductions (where your Chapter is from, how many members, have members introduce themselves)
  • When was your Chapter chartered? Who was it chartered by?
  • What is your Chapter’s favorite National Program and why?
  • What is your Chapter’s recruitment process like (events you hold, selecting potential sisters, etc.)?
  • What is your favorite Sisterhood event?
  • What do you do for fundraisers?
  • What is something that makes your Chapter unique?
  • What different types of bands does your band program have (concert, jazz, pep, etc.)?
  • Do you have a Brother Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi? What is it like working with them?
  • How many people are in your marching band? Describe the pros and cons of this.
  • How do you engage with alumni members?
  • In what ways has your Chapter grown over the past two years?
  • Before you were a Sister, what encouraged you to join or attracted you to your Chapter?

A lot of these questions are very open ended and could be answered by more than just one person! 

If you have any questions, please contact Midwest District Vice President for Special Projects Brandi Mazour at mwdvpsp@tbsigma.org

Due Date: June 1, 2022

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North Central District Lyre Project:
As the North Central District continues to push for accessibility and flexibility in all that we do, we have worked hard to make sure that our District Lyre Piece supports these important goals. With that in mind, the 2021-2022 North Central District Council is proud to present this year’s District Lyre Piece: North Central Choices! This Program has been designed to give Sisters two different choices for how they would like to earn their District Lyre Piece. This Lyre Piece was also created to bring special attention to three of our District Programs: Quest for Success, NCD TAUlks, and The Cadenza Program.

To earn our District Lyre Piece, Chapters must complete one of the following:

Option #1: 

  • Quest for Success: Complete all four modules of our Quest for Success Program on-time. To see more information about Quest for Success, click here. NOTE: This choice has multiple smaller deadlines (which can be viewed at the above link) before the final deadline on April 1st, 2022.

Option #2:

  • NCD TAUlks: Have ⅓ of your Chapter attend an NCD TAUlks discussion. At least 1 Sister will need to attend as a speaker.  The topics and dates for this Program will be emailed to the District at a later date.

AND

  • The Cadenza Program: Host a Cadenza Event for the District either as a Chapter or with other Chapter(s). To see more information about The Cadenza Program, click here.

The deadline to complete either of these choices will be April 1st, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST.

If you have any questions, please contact North Central District Vice President for Special Projects Julia Viger at ncdvpsp@tbsigma.org

Due Date: April 1, 2022

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Northeast District Lyre Project:
The Chapters of the Northeast District are challenged to complete the Service in Unison Lyre Piece for the 2021-2022 school year. As we start to transition back to normal band and chapter functions prior to COVID-19, we want to promote re-strengthening the bonds between our chapters and their respective band programs while supporting our community.

For this year’s Northeast District Lyre Piece, we want you to host a service event related to music and our ideals and open it to anyone in your band program to participate with your chapter.

This service event will be of your choosing and designed with the considerations of your university, local safety, and COVID-19 guidelines. This project is entitled Service in Unison, as it encompasses bringing your band program together to do meaningful service that supports our ideals for the community.

To Receive this Lyre Piece:
1. Come together as a Chapter (can be virtual), and decide what activity you would like to put on and what your timeline will be (based on band schedules, room reservations, etc.).
2. Create a social media post/flyer / Facebook Event / whichever to promote your event! Ask your DOB to make an announcement about it at practice, send it down the email chain, post it to your band Facebook page, Slack group, etc. Make sure you get the word out to everyone!
3. Gather any needed supplies and volunteers (aka your fellow Sisters).
4. Commence the event! Take TONS of pictures! Thank everyone for coming!
5. Have your FOF Liaison post your pictures and a short description on the FOF Liaison Facebook page.

For more information and examples, please visit http://tbsigmaned.weebly.com/focus-on-five.html.

If you have any questions, please contact Northeast District Vice President for Special Projects Hannah Beegle at nedvpsp@tbsigma.org

Due Date: June 1, 2022

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Southeast District Lyre Project:

After a challenging year and a half, chapters will soon begin to make the transition back to normal operations. As we slowly embark back to familiarity, we want to challenge members of the Southeast District to rediscover their roots in our district programs once again.

To receive this lyre piece, chapter must participate in two (2) of our district programs, which include:

  • Submitting to the Eighth Note
    • The Eighth Note is the publication of the Southeast District. Sisters can write articles about their chapters’ involvements in music, service, within their School or Music or community, etc.
    • You can read more about the Eighth Note and read past publications here.
  • Participating in Conduct Us!
    • Conduct Us! is a project that is meant to help members of your university find a respect and appreciation for band activities. To participate, you must:
      1. Gather a group of sisters to play as a part of an ensemble (meaning a variety of instruments if possible!).
        • Members of the ensemble do not necessarily all have to be sisters! You can gather help from members of other organizations (Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha, Sigma Alpha Iota, etc.) or even ask members of your college bands to join in.
      2. Create a sign that gives a purpose with the words “Conduct Us!” This will serve as an invitation to those who walk by the group.
      3. Set up the group and sign in a high-traffic area on your school campus.
      4. Allow anyone to walk up and conduct the ensemble in prepared music. Try to have one sister on standby to help explain how conducting works in music so it isn’t too chaotic!
        • Try to stick to school songs, like a fight song or alma mater!
      5. Please note that pictures and/or videos are required of this event to receive credit.
    • You can learn more about Conduct Us! here.
  • Engaging in Service in Music Month
    • Service in Music Month is a program that is unique to the Southeast District, and it gives chapters the opportunity to actively engage with their music communities. Service in Music Month runs for the month of October, and there are five different projects for sisters to participate in:
      1. Host a donation drive.
      2. Host a band fellowship event.
      3. Serve a local music group*.
        • *Note: This cannot be ensembles associated with schools in your district—that would be a better project for Crescendo!
      4. Host a band study session.
      5. Host a campus beautification project.
    • Please note that pictures and/or videos are required of this event to receive credit. You can read more about these five projects here.
  • Sending in an application/audition for the Southeast Showcase
    • The Southeast Showcase is a program which gives sisters the opportunity to perform at the 2022 Southeast District Convention! It is an audition-based process, and submissions are generally due around early March.
    • The Southeast Showcase accepts a wide variety of performance acts, including both instrumentalists and visual performers; performers can also perform in a solo or ensemble setting.
    • Some things to note:
      1. You must complete the application to have your video submission considered.
      2. Auditions must be at least one minute and thirty seconds long (to demonstrate performance ability).
      3. Because this occurs at SEDC, members of your ensembles must be from your chapters of Tau Beta Sigma and/or Kappa Kappa Psi! Candidates are welcome to participate as well.
      4. Your performance will be able to last up to 10 minutes.
      5. Some equipment is provided, but is not always guaranteed. If you require larger equipment, such as percussion or piano, please email Connor to check for that possibility.
    • You can read more about the Southeast Showcase here.

Once you have participated in these projects, please have your Focus on Five Liaison post pictures and/or videos, along with a short description of your participation, on the FO5 FB page to receive credit!

For more information and examples, please visit the Southeast District website and visit the ‘Projects’ tab.

If you have any questions, please contact Southeast District Vice President for Special Projects Connor Werner at sedvpsp@tbsigma.org

Due Date: June 1, 2022

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Southwest District Lyre Project: Transition Document Submission, Workshop Participation

For the 2021-2022 District Lyre Piece, the chapters of the Southwest District will be making transition documents for their executive offices and committees. These documents will be helpful in preparing chapters for the next year. The District Council has provided templates and resources for how to create these transition documents, and we will encourage the chapters to reach out for feedback and advice in making them as clear and useful as possible.

The specific requirements for the District Lyre Project will be as follows: 

  1. Each chapter will have a meeting in which they discuss their goals for the next year. They will also discuss things they want to change in their chapter, as well as things they would like to continue doing;
  2. Each chapter officer will create a transition document for their successor, which will outline the duties for office, any contact information for people they would work with, “Things I wish I knew,” and charges for the next officer;
  3. Each chapter committee will create a committee summary document, where they will outline the tasks they completed, any challenges they faced, and charges for the next year’s committee.

Each chapter will submit the following to the SWD VPSP in order to complete the lyre piece:

1. A video or pictures of the meeting the chapter held to do goal setting;
2. A minimum of three (3) transition documents, including President, VPM, and Sec/Treas;
3. A minimum of one (1) committee summary document.

The goal the SWD council has for this year’s District Lyre Piece is to help the chapters of the Southwest prepare to move forward from this year to the next. Smoothing out the transition from one set of officers to the next will help set up the incoming officers for success, and setting clearly defined goals for chapter operations, officers, and committees helps the chapter be able to hit the ground running at the start of the next school year. We hope that the SWD can achieve 70% participation in this year’s district lyre project.

For examples of Officer Transition Documents and Examples, click this link.

If you have any questions, please contact Southwest District Vice President for Special Projects John Mark Junkins at swdvpsp@tbsigma.org

Due Date: June 1, 2022

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Western District Lyre Project:

This year, the Western District is all about #goals! There are two parts to the Western District Lyre Project this year, and is focused on district participation as a whole. To achieve the Lyre Piece, Western District chapters need to:

  1. Have a Western District liaison. This person will receive an email report of District announcements, events, and so forth!
  2. Participate in at least two (2) district events! Examples include but are not limited to:
    • Snarky’s Challenge
    • District Award Submissions
    • Western District Workshops & Events
    • Participation in the 2022 Western District Convention
    • Article Submission to the Accent, the Western District Publication

If you have any questions, please contact Western District Vice President for Special Projects Theo Mitchell at wdvpsp@tbsigma.org

Due Date: June 1, 2022

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For questions and details on all of the National Programs or Focus on Five Challenges, please email Leslie Gartin, National Vice President for Special Projects, at lesler@tbsigma.org