Mentorship & Motivation

Vision & Mission

Dr. Lori Schwartz Reichl


Embrace Uniqueness!


To encourage individuals to reflect on our practices while making key changes to refresh strategies that represent a shared vision to enrich the classroom, company, or community. 

Personal Message

Happy spring! It is a time to thrive!

Unfortunately, I fell into a bit of a slump in March. Maybe it was the constantly changing weather, the final days of standard time, lack of exercise and good nutrition, registering my youngest child for kindergarten, the health of loved ones, rejections received, goals not yet achieved, or a combination of all. Regardless, I needed some help. I reached out to long-time friends and family. Sometimes I shared my frustrations. Other times, I simply relished being with them to experience a new season in our relationships and to begin thriving again.

A new season is here! If the first quarter of the year didn’t go as planned, we have turned the page to a new chapter in our journey. With warmer weather on the horizon, many of us will want to increase our speed. Don’t let anyone else determine the tempo at which you experience your life. Enjoy and appreciate all the views. Whatever tempo you choose to take, remember that it does not have to remain the same. A key change can be made at any point to accelerate or slow down. The acceleration can be exciting! However, as I have found, the decrease in speed often allows time for reflection which can cause emotions to emerge that we did not realize were present. Feel them. Listen. Learn. 

In this month’s article, I partnered again with Ken Buck, an educational consultant, to co-author a sequel to our April 2022 article "The Heartbreaking Truth about Education: Why and How Will We Survive?" Our follow-up article "An Educational Epidemic: The Elephant in the Classroom" studies the impact the educational epidemic is having on our society. 

Similar to education, there will be seasons when we feel we are thriving, and other times when we may be barely surviving. We can’t reach the highs without experiencing the lows. Pondering some questions for reflection (reference the "Reflection" section below) for both personal and professional growth, might provide the answers to thriving again!

Registration is OPEN for my two online summer graduate courses with an early bird discount ending TODAY (April 14):
  • Level I:  Making Key Changes: Refresh Your Program 
  • Level II:  Making More Key Changes: Motivation for the Seasoned Educator
NOW is the time to make a key change – in your life, in your profession, in your community, in your home . . . anywhere! OWN your influence! When you do, all those around you will have WON!

I am available for speaking, conducting, mentoring, and motivating opportunities. Please reach out if you have an interest or need.

Please continue to support and celebrate one another. Most importantly, tell those you admire, love, and respect what they mean to you.



What are you doing to not only survive but also thrive in both your personal and professional life?

Inspirational Quote


“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
― Maya Angelou



When we feel as though we are not thriving as much as we would like, consider the following:

Questions for Reflection
  • Where have I been?
  • What have I achieved?
  • With whom am I spending my time?
  • How do I feel when I am with specific people?
  • Who could help me thrive (again)?
  • What key change could I immediately make to thrive (again)?
  • What key change could I plan to make for the future?

Recently Published Article

An Educational Epidemic: The Elephant in the Classroom


“Teachers don't leave because it's hard. . . They leave because the amount of work no longer is comparable to pay, respect, support, and value that they deserve for the workload." Dr. Brad Johnson

The nation is battling an epidemic that continues to impact our schools and our children. This time the crisis is not viral, but rather it is the continuing loss of teachers and administrators throughout our country’s schools. This is not a wholly new problem. Those observing and experiencing education carefully have seen it coming for a decade or more. However, the crisis has become increasingly worse in the last several years, and things have gotten even more substandard post-Covid. While the reasons behind the teacher shortage crisis seemingly vary depending on who you ask, it eventually boils down to this: Fewer and fewer teachers are willing to do the increasingly harder job of serving as an educator for what the job pays. 

Lori partnered with Ken Buck again to co-author this article as a  follow-up to their well-received article in April 2022 entitled "The Heartbreaking Truth about Education: Why and How Will We Survive?" to determine if the task of saving education has been accomplished or if the situation has worsened.

Archived Article


The Final Countdown: Make the Moments Count Rather Than Count the Days that Remain

Sometimes we’re all too quick to count down the days that we forget to make the days count.
— Unknown

The end of the academic year is fast approaching! With final upcoming events often comes the creation of countdowns. Could we reconsider the use of a countdown in education and examine the impact it may have on our students? Rather than counting down the days to a break or the end of school, what if we appreciated the remaining days to their fullest?

In this article from May 2022, Lori shares a lesson that her (at the time) Kindergarten daughter taught her about how students may perceive a countdown and the anxiety it may bring them.

Story Time with Lori


This section of the newsletter is an opportunity to collectively share and/or respond to comments, testimonials, or questions. Feel free to email Lori, too!

🔑 #WednesdayWisdom 


Each Wednesday Lori posts a quote on social media. Below are the quotes that posted since the last newsletter was published.


Lori was recently interviewed by Kathryn Finch and Theresa Hoover for the Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students Podcast. The episode is entitled "Lori Schwartz Reichl: Why Everyone Should Take the Time to Reflect."

Student Opportunities


Music Reading Class

Music Reading Class (MRC) is considered the most unique online music reading course of its kind. Please consider this new resource for anyone, anywhere (children and adults – of ALL ages) who would like to learn to read music or to help supplement music learning. 

Educator Opportunities



Continuing Education Courses 

Registration is OPEN for both continuing education courses that Lori will be teaching ONLINE through VanderCook College of Music this summer. The courses are open to ANY level/subject area teacher! 
  • Level 1:  Making Key Changes: Refresh Your Program
    • ONLINE on Thursdays: June 15, June 22, June 29, July 6, July 13, July 20 @ 11 am EDT - 2:30 pm EDT
    • Registration is OPEN!
  • Level 2:  Making More Key Changes: Motivation for the Seasoned Educator
    • ONLINE on Thursdays: June 15, June 22, June 29, July 6, July 13, July 20 @ 8 pm EDT - 10:30 pm EDT
    • Registration is OPEN!

Keynote or Professional Development 

Ask Lori to design and/or present reflective sessions to mentor or motivate staff or students in your organization. Review popular sessions.

One-on-One Coaching

Lori offers individual sessions on your topic(s) of choice. Schedule a coaching session. There have been some AWESOME coaching sessions recently!

for April


Click on the calendar image above to view the full list of Lori's engagements.


Content Creator

  • April 14, 2023
  • Making Key Changes - monthly newsletter


  • April 18 & 27, 2023
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Baltimore School for the Arts Wind Ensemble





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Thank you!

I want to acknowledge the person who encouraged me to "bet on myself" and start this newsletter in October 2021 using this professional format. Thank you to my friend and colleague, Angela Johnson, Founder of Full-Blown Trombone, for her willingness to share constructive feedback, offer connections, and provide encouragement. Angela is an accomplished trombonist and a fantastic music educator in the Baltimore, Maryland area.
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