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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 Pieces) by completing each of the challenges set forth during the campaign

Those chapters that complete the most pieces of the flag will be recognized at each of the District Conventions in 2020 & 2021, as well as the 2021 National Convention in Grand Rapids, Michigan!

PIVOT! NATIONAL PROGRAM GUIDANCE

For Fall 2020, Chapters, regardless of your campus being in-person or virtual, are encouraged to find ways to participate in our National Programs. The Tau Beta Sigma National Vice President for Special Projects has developed guidance, though not fully inclusive of the activities that your chapter can do, to support chapters who would like to continue to participate in our National Programs. The guidance has information on completing the Women in Music Speaker Event, Coda, and Crescendo Programs with resources for chapters to review.

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 chapters participation in the Tau Beta Sigma National Programs- please contact the TBSigma National VPSP, Siobhan Wilkes (siobhan@tbsigma.org)

2020-2021 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 *NEW* 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 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 Friday, October 16, 2020 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 has a direct correlation 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 as well as 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, 2021

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, 2021

Green:

Inspire the youth in your community by planning and executing a project for the Crescendo: A Musical Youth Initiative Program. Chapters are required to host an activity that has a direct correlation 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, 2021

Black Stripe:

Promote and host a recording session (or two) for the 2021 National Intercollegiate Band for your music department. Chapters are also encouraged* to have at least one member of their chapter (active, conditional, membership candidates) audition for the NIB to increase the overall number of Tau Beta Sigma members selected to perform in this band! Refer to the TBS National Programs Guide for information on how to plan and execute a NIB Audition Event, and also find flyers and promotional materials your chapter can use as well to put around your music building and on social media. For information on audition requirements for the 2021 NIB, visit http://nib.kkytbsonline.com/

TO RECEIVE THIS PIECE:  Post a picture of your flyer/social media post for the event, and pictures of individuals recording their NIB Audition submission into the Focus on Five Campaign Facebook Group.
Due April 15, 2021
*Chapters are encouraged to, but not required to have a member audition for the NIB to receive this stripe.*

2020-2021 Bonus Lyre Projects

The Bonus Lyre Projects are here to continue to challenge chapters to go above and beyond the five core challenges of the Focus on Five Campaign. These projects are not required, but bonus activities for chapters to strive to complete as well.

Left District Lyre Piece:

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

Western District Lyre Project:

The 2020-2021 Western District Lyre Project was developed to highlight the great Sisters of the Western District! Chapters are challenged to submit an award application for the Distinguished Sister Award, Outstanding Graduating Senior Award, AND the Unsung Hero Award. For information on all of the Western District of Tau Beta Sigma Awards, visit http://westerndistrict.kkytbsonline.com/awards/.

To Receive this Lyre Piece: Chapters must submit at least one detailed nomination for each of the Active Sister awards: The Distinguished Sister Award, The Outstanding Graduating Senior Award, and The Unsung Hero Award. Due March 31, 2021

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Western District Lyre Project, please email Hannah Harrison the Western District VP of Special Projects at wdvpsp@tbsigma.org.


Southeast District Lyre Project:

The chapters of the Southeast District are challenged to fulfill the Tau Beta Sigma Fifth Purpose for the 2020-2021 Southeast District Lyre Project: The Music Greek Initiative! The Music Greek Initiatives purpose is for chapters to collaborate with another organization (not KKPsi) on your school’s campus to create and host an event. The goal of this project is for chapters to become more open-minded as individuals, to network, and to build more relationships with fellow students and music greeks.

Ideas for this project include (but are not limited to):

  • Complete a Coda Project with a SAI and sing & play holiday tunes
  • Joint Women in Music Speaker Event
  • Paint Night
  • Netflix Party
  • Virtual Concert
  • Host Virtual Service Project for the Bands

To Receive this Lyre Piece: Chapters are to collaborate with another organization on your school’s campus to create an event for your school’s campus. Focus on Five Liaisons will need to post pictures, and a short description of the event in the Focus on Five Group to receive this lyre piece. Chapters are encouraged to complete one collaborative event each semester, but Due June 1, 2021.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Southeast District Lyre Project, please email Indiah Stinson-Johnson, the Southeast District VP of Special Projects, at sedvpsp@tbsigma.org.


Northeast District Lyre Project:

The 2020-2021 Northeast District Left Lyre Piece Project aims to help reconnect band members after following a challenging Spring semester. Many Chapters and bands are feeling the effects of COVID-19 to this day, and we hope that this project will bring about some much needed camaraderie and fun.

For this year’s District Lyre Project for the Northeast District, we want you to create a social-based event open to your band. This “social” will be of your choosing and designed with the considerations of your university and local safety and COVID-19 guidelines, as well as what your band finds fun and enjoyable. This project is entitled Project 5, as it encompasses the spirit of the Fifth Purpose of Tau Beta Sigma and that it has five easy steps for completion!

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 or concerns regarding the Northeast District Lyre Project, please email Emily Insalaco, the Northeast District VP of Special Projects, at nedvpsp@tbsigma.org.


Midwest District Lyre Project:

The Chapters of the Midwest District are challenged to complete the #4Gr8rConnections lyre project for the 2020-2021 school year! The purpose of this project is to strengthen bonds within the Midwest District by not only having chapters meet with one another but also having each chapter meet with their District Officers! The goal for this project is to create/strengthen bonds between Sisters, no matter the distance!

For Details on the MWD Lyre Project, please review the #4Gr8rConnections Guidance.

To Receive this Lyre Piece: Chapters must participate in a video chat both in the fall and spring. In the fall, chapters will meet with member(s) of the Midwest District Council, due by December 1st. In the Spring, Chapters will video chat with another Chapter to ask them questions and to get to know them, due by June 1st! The FoF Liaison will share a photo and a takeaway of their video chat onto the Focus on Five Campaign Facebook page.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Midwest District Lyre Project, please email Brooke Lee, the Midwest District VP of Special Projects, at mwdvpsp@tbsigma.org.


Southwest District Lyre Project:

As we celebrate our 75th year of Tau Beta Sigma, the chapters of the Southwest are challenged to share the history and stories of our district in the New Alto, the Southwest District Publication. Chapters are encouraged to create a presentation on the New ALTO that can be used by District Fo5 Liaisons to promote the District publication. The most creative and informative presentation will be highlighted on the District website! Additionally, have at least one chapter member submit an article, word search, crossword, coloring pages, etc. to the New ALTO publication. It is highly encouraged for more than one chapter member to submit.

For additional details on the SWD Lyre Project review THIS DOCUMENT.

To Receive this Lyre Piece: Chapters are encouraged to create a presentation on the New ALTO that can be used by District Fo5 Liaisons to promote the District publication. Send your completed presentation to the SWD VPSP.  Additionally, have at least one chapter member submit an article, word search, crossword, coloring pages, etc. to the New ALTO publication. Due June 1, 2021

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Southwest District Lyre Project, please email Destinee Leger, the Southwest District VP of Special Projects, at swdvpsp@tbsigma.org.


North Central District:

QUEST FOR SUCCESS is a program designed to walk chapters through several modules that will help them develop goals to enhance specific aspects of chapter operations and find success despite these trying times.

Setting goals can have a significant impact on the success and efficiency of your chapter. By prioritizing areas that need improvement, chapters can take actionable steps to reallocate resources, motivate chapter members, enhance communication, and, ultimately, find their paths to success and a sense of empowerment in achieving these goals.

Each module has deadlines that must be met to satisfy the criteria to earn the Lyre Piece. However, chapters can work on each module at their own pace. Chapters that complete all four modules will receive credit for the Lyre Piece. Progress and completion of each module will be tracked and verified by your chapter’s assigned District Officer Contact (listed in Appendix A) of the program packet.

Questions about QUEST FOR SUCCESS may be directed to the NCD Vice President of Special Projects, Nathan Grizenko (he/him/his), at ncdvpsp@tbsigma.org.

To Receive this Lyre Piece: Chapters participate in the QUEST FOR SUCCESS program, completing each module and assignments by the deadlines listed below:

  • Module 1: Initial Self-Reflection Form due October 1
  • Module 2: Goal-Setting Activity due November 1
  • Module 3: Regularly meet with your District Officer Contact (dates vary)
  • Module 4: Final Self-Reflection Form due April 1; Three (3) QUEST Forms due April 1

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the North Central District Lyre Project, please email Nathan Grizenko, the North Central District VP of Special Projects, at ncdvpsp@tbsigma.org.

Center Lyre Piece:

Chapters will use the For Greater Practice Initiative Guide for three months to achieve this piece.

The purpose of this bonus piece is to encourage chapters to incorporate music practice into their chapter programming and in preparation for completing the other national programs. Chapters must appoint a member to be their FGP coordinator to spearhead this initiative for the chapter. Chapter members are encouraged to practice at least one hour each week (for three months) while school is in session to meet the chapters’ total practice goal for the quarter.

For information on the For Greater Practice Initiative visit:/www.tbsigma.org/4gr8rpractice

TO RECEIVE THIS LYRE PIECE: Log the number of practice hours each month, proportional to the number of active members in the chapter using this Google Sheet. At the end of the three months- post the link to your practice log, as well as a few pictures of your members practicing in the Focus on Five Facebook Group to receive this bonus piece. Due June 1, 2021

Right Lyre Piece:

Seat a delegate at National Convention! Start planning now to have a chapter member seated on time as your chapter delegate at the 2021 National Convention in Grand Rapids, Mi. Join the TBS National Convention Savings Facebook Group for ideas on fundraising and planning to send a member of your chapter to National Convention. Due July 13, 2021

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