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From the Editor

Hilary Patriok Editor
Happy Music in Our Schools Month! We look forward to hearing from our members all the activities and concerts that you are doing with your students to celebrate music in our schools this month. If you have some ideas or photos to share please follow this link to the TRIAD page to share your ideas and events. We will feature many of these in the May issue of the TRIAD.
If you are like me March has been a whirlwind of trip planning, LGAE rehearsals and hosting, musical rehearsing, and trying to find a moment to breathe in between these outside of school events and juggling our regular teaching schedule– I am thankful for the time at our professional development conference to reconnect with colleagues, re-energize with new ideas, and hear our amazing performance groups throughout Ohio and our outstanding All-State groups. What a wonderful celebration of Music Education in Ohio!
In this issue of the TRIAD we celebrate many of those moments, including recognizing our 2024 Award winners that we honored at the conference as well as the Young Composers Project Winners. Discover the new OMEA Mentorship program and find out how you can get involved! Be sure to read our feature articles in the world of band, choir, jazz, and advocacy, and equity.
Sometimes we get so bogged down in our day to day routine that we don’t have time to take a moment to really appreciate making music with our students. I hope that you can look for opportunities this month as we celebrate Music in Our Schools Month to take a look around your classroom and recognize the small moments of music making and the joy that it creates for our students (and ourselves)! Please take a moment to share with us the wonderful activites that you are doing to celebrate Music in Our Schools Month. The form is quick to complete and you can include photos or a short narrative – we want to share your ideas with our colleagues throughout Ohio.
As music educators we are dedicated to our students and our profession. Be sure to take some time for yourself and your family to balance the craziness of our careers. Your students will appreciate the energy you can recover from taking that time to balance out your work and home life. I know we sometimes need to remind ourselves to take some time to rejuvinate and recuperate but if we can find those moments we can be more productive and give the very best to our students. Thank you all for what you do – spread the word about all the wonderful music you are making with your students. Happy Music in Our Schools Month!
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.