Application for membership is considered on the basis of five points of distinction: scholarship, character, cooperation, leadership, and service. The academic requirements for membership are: a total number of 10 credits in music coursework, a cumulative grade point average of 85.0 in all subjects, and a cumulative grade point average of 95.0 in music coursework. Character emphasizes a devotion to high ideals and recognizes no barriers between people of diverse backgrounds. Cooperation teaches friendliness and the true spirit of getting along with others.
Leadership guides everyone to greater undertakings. Service encourages assistance and kindness to others. All candidates must exhibit dedication to the art of music through service in their school as performers in band or chorus, through distinction as members of musical performance honors groups, or through bringing music into the lives of others through their service as volunteers in musical experiences in their communities.