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May has always been a crazy month in education! Final assessments, performances, projects, trips, and recognition ceremonies take place throughout many subject areas. Educators and students (and their families, too!) are bustling with excitement, pride, and exhaustion. 

Teacher Appreciation Week provided an opportunity to think about and thank those teachers who have impacted our lives. Hopefully, you were thanked in numerous ways for your amazing contributions to the profession! As this week comes to a close, let us take some time to reflect on the status of education and where it is headed. How are educators treated, spoken to, listened to, and respected EVERY day, not only during this celebratory week? We should flip this thinking, too. How do we, as educators, treat our students, their families, and our colleagues? What persona do we present? Would we be proud of what we see, hear, or experience if we assessed/observed ourselves?

As the end of the school year quickly approaches, in addition to completing end-of-year tasks, consider carving out some quality time to reflect on the achievements and challenges of this year. We can’t prepare for a successful upcoming school year until we’ve learned from the current one. We will enjoy the summer break much more when we've given ourselves enough time to reflect on this year, and enough reason to be excited for the future. 

I recently learned a meaningful lesson from my kindergarten daughter about "The Final Countdown" for the school year and what the remaining days may mean to our students. I transformed this story into an article for reflection. Also in this newsletter, I am excited to share the graduate music course that I designed and will be instructing this summer (both online and in-person) for practicing teachers. In addition to the course, I have individual coaching/mentoring sessions available of which folks continue to take advantage! With summer coming, I have opened a few more slots in my private saxophone lesson studio for children and adults (both via Zoom and in-person). Finally, as you prepare for the next school year, please keep me in mind specifically for designing/presenting professional development for staff and students and guest conducting for bands. Recommendations are greatly appreciated.

When I created this monthly newsletter in the fall of 2021, I made it known that if I can do anything to help YOU advance in your career, recommend you for an opportunity, assist you in a transition, or support you in any way, to please reach out to me. This offer will ALWAYS remain. The conversations, considerations, and connections have been tremendous! Let's continue to support and celebrate each other in reaching our goals and achieving our dreams! 

Embrace uniqueness!
💗 Lori



“Self-reflection is a humbling process. It’s essential to find out why you think, say, and do certain things – then better yourself.”  – Sonya Teclai


The end of the school year is here!!! How will you reflect on this year in order to make key changes for the future? Watch/Listen to Lori speak.


As the end of this school year quickly approaches, carve out some quality time to reflect on its achievements and challenges. What excited you and your students? What caused stress for you or them? When was motivation at its highest? When was inspiration at its lowest? Which lessons, performances, fundraisers, field trips, or other opportunities would you like to change, eliminate, or add? Which events would you prefer to move to an earlier or later date? Who offered the greatest support to you and/or your students? Who or what inspires you to continue in your current position? How will you thank these individuals? How will you prepare for next year?



Prepare for Next Year: Reflection, Excitement, and Initiation Must Start Now 

“Don't expect success. Prepare for it.” — Unknown

You can’t prepare for a successful upcoming school year until you’ve learned from the current one. This article contains ideas for reflection, ways to get excited about the future, and strategies to initiate the next school year.

Read the article: "Prepare for Next Year: Reflection, Excitement, and Initiation Must Start Now"

Recently Published 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

Rather than counting down the days to the end of school, what if we appreciated the remaining days to their fullest? Could we reconsider the use of a countdown in education and examine the impact it may have on our students? Thank you to my daughter, Harper Reichl, for encouraging me to reflect on how students may interpret the countdowns that are created, announced, or posted in the learning space and to examine what students may think, feel, or expect when they realize that school will no longer be in session. Even amid one of the most challenging school years for educators, our students may not want the school year to end.

Student Opportunities



Private Saxophone Lessons

Lori has a few face-to-face and Zoom lesson spots available in her saxophone studio. She teaches several saxophone players ranging in age from children to adults who reside in Maryland and other geographical regions:

Summer Music Camps & Programs

Thank you to Barbra Weidlein, Director of, for providing this extensive list of 2022 summer music camps and programs:

Educator Opportunities


Graduate Course

If you or any music colleagues are searching for a reflective summer graduate music course to refresh your vision/teaching and/or to earn professional development credit, please consider enrolling in “Making Key Changes: Refresh Your Music Program.” It is a 3-credit graduate course open to K-12 music educators of every area/level - anywhere! 
  • Information & Registration This link includes a description of the course, dates/times/locations, testimonials from former students/practicing teachers, and registration links.
    • The University of the Arts 
      • July 18 - 22, 2022  (5 days)
      • 8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
      • ON-CAMPUS at Villanova University (lodging available)
    • VanderCook College of Music
      • Thursdays  (8 days)
      • June 9 - July 28
      • June 9 @ 7 pm - 10 pm ET and remaining Thursdays @ 11 am - 2:30 pm ET
      • ONLINE via VanderCook College of Music

One-on-One Coaching

  • 1-hour mentoring sessions are available
  • Schedule a session

Keynote or PD Sessions

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

May Engagements




  • May 3, 2022
  • "The Final Countdown: Make the Moments Count Rather Than Count the Days that Remain"
  • Article published for the National Association for Music Education


  • May 9, 2022 - virtual
  • San Bernardino City Unified School District, California
  • Session 6 of 6:  "Making Key Changes: Refresh Your Music Program"


  • May 22, 2022 - virtual
  • 8 pm ET
  • College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) - Eastern Division - Small Band Program Working Group
  • Session: "Making Key Changes: Protecting Mental Health for Yourself and Your Students"
  • Join the Zoom Meeting


  • May 23, 2022 - virtual
  • 7 pm ET 
  • National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
  • Session: "Making Key Changes: End-of-Year Questions for Reflection and Strategies to Refresh"
  • Register for the webinar



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