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From the Editor

Hilary Patriok Editor
Welcome to the new issue of the TRIAD! We hope that you are having a successful fall semester and are making great music with your students. Whether you are a new teacher, a seasoned veteran, an OCMEA student, or enjoying retirement I think you’ll be excited to see all the initiatives that are happening in OMEA! Let’s start with this exciting new look of the TRIAD! This new digital magazine platform helps us modernize the look of the magazine and put all the information at the tip of your fingers on any device!
I had my first meeting with Executive director Jay Wardeska last spring and we talked about working to modernize the TRIAD and former Media Director Amy Annico introduced us to this amazing platform of READZ digital magazines. We have been exploring this new platform and the entire team of staff and trustees has been working to make the new TRIAD relevant, educational, and hopefully it will be a great tool for you as educators. I think you’ll enjoy the user-friendly look and ease of connecting things to other digital sources.

The Reference Issue

We decided to bring back an old favorite that many veteran teachers will remember – the Reference Issue! Those of you of a certain age will remember keeping it with you wherever you went all year, making sure you didn’t miss out on anything OMEA related! We are bringing back many of those reference items here, along with news and updates for this school year. You will see the AE section, updating you on new initiatives, and reminding you of where you can find everything on the website, conference news, and updates from committees and allied partners.
You will notice a lot of links to the new OMEA website – this may take you to some new sections and help you find things you may not have been aware of – explore to your heart’s content! Thank you to our authors who offer insight into learning from our mentors, teaching piano to your own children, and a look at the IMMERSE program inviting special needs students to participate in and enjoy musical performances. Be sure to read all about how you can start your own Tri-M chapter and how to make it a valuable experience for you and your students!

Be a part of TRIAD!

I would also like to invite you to contribute to our future TRIAD magazines. Do you have a technique you’d like to share that needs video demonstration? You can attach a video to accompany your article!
We would love to hear from you about what is working in your programs, districts, and regions. Our collaboration makes us stronger, and helps us do our best for our students. I hope you enjoy exploring the new edition of the TRIAD and that you come back to it throughout the year to check in on reminders for the school year. Enjoy! Deadlines for submissions to the Winter and Spring Edition of the TRIAD are posted on the TRIAD page of the OMEA website. Look for the updated guidelines for submission on the TRIAD page of the OMEA website.
Mrs. Hilary Patriok is currently in her 31st year of teaching, and her 10th year as Director of Instrumental Music at Westlake High School in Westlake, Ohio. She is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace University Conservatory of Music and earned her MME from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. 
In 2019 Ms. Patriok was awarded the Westlake Council of PTA Outstanding District Educator and was also named Exemplary Educator of the year for Westlake High School. Ms. Patriok is a member of Phi Beta Mu and ASBDA and also serves as an adjudicator for OMEA.  She has served as host for the District IV large group event and President of District IV before her current role as Editor of TRIAD.