Mentorship & Motivation

Vision & Mission


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

In recent years within my circle of music colleagues, I kept hearing the name "Dr. Amy Knopps." People would ask me, "Do you know her? You have to because you'd hit it off!" After a few rounds of getting these questions, I finally reached out to Amy. We had a few small interactions here and there. Then, at the 2021 Midwest Clinic in Chicago after I had presented, I was sitting at a table sipping coffee with a former graduate student when the most confident and charming woman approached me and said, "Hi Lori, I'm Amy!" We had a delightfully brief first meeting. We remained in touch thereafter.

After her Marching Mizzou completed its trip to New York City to perform in the 2022 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, I reached out to Amy to congratulate her. After a few emails of returned compliments, we realized we were expanding our circle by including one another. We decided to collaborate on an article to encourage others to do the same. Rather than comparing ourselves to one another, we celebrated one another, learned more about each other, embraced each other's unique gifts, and made a plan of action to partner and grow together. Consider how a new connection could help you to focus on your vision and achieve your mission. How would you like to expand your circle?

Another way to expand your circle is to continue your education. In 2019, I designed my mentoring work into a graduate course entitled, "Making Key Changes: Refresh Your Program." Since then, my work has evolved to include interested participants from any area or level of education. The course has expanded this summer to include two levels and for enrollment by ANY level/subject area teacher! Please help me share the news of these two online graduate courses with interested educators and administrators.

Registration is OPEN and an early bird discount is available until April 14, 2023:
  • 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 education, in your company, 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.



How will you expand your circle to inspire pathways to your potential?


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."

Inspirational Quote


“As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it.”
― Albert Einstein



Reflect on ways to be inspired by your peers. Consider turning to others for advice, support, or motivation. Gather the courage to put your fears aside and kindly contact someone you respect or admire.

Questions for Reflection:
  • How do we create pathways to expand our circle and inspire our potential?
  • How do we allow ourselves to demonstrate vulnerability, especially to those we respect or may not know?
  • What avenues should we use to find inspiration?
  • Whom should we contact?
  • When is the best time to ask for support?
  • How can we go about making a new connection?
  • What emotions will we experience if we attempt to expand our circle?

Recently Published Article

Expand Your Circle: 
Inspiring Pathways to Potential

“Finding inspiration in the success of others is a common way to find motivation to follow through on your goals." Ronald Valentino

The comparison trap can deter us from our goals, dreams, and aspirations. With the prevalence of social media, we can instantly observe someone’s post, accomplishment, photo, recording, or reel. These observations may make us feel less accomplished, or not as knowledgeable or successful as others. We may have feelings of bitterness, jealousy, or doubt when we observe what others are doing, producing, and achieving. At times, this comparison may discourage us from pursuing our own goals. We may convince ourselves that we are behind in our careers or personal lives, rather than grateful for how we have grown, and what we have created, achieved, and learned.

Dr. Amy Knopps, a collegiate professor from Missouri, and I expanded our own circle to include each other after being inspired by and developing respect for each other’s professional accomplishments. We co-authored this article as a way for others to discover five easy steps to expand their circle and draw inspiration from others.

Archived Article


A Question for Reflection:
Do Students and Staff Experience a Representation of Women in Music?

“If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”
— Shirley Chisholm

Like every other month, March is filled with many observances. The two that resonate the most with me this month include “Music In Our Schools Month” and “Women’s History Month.” Both observances commemorate and encourage the study, examination, and celebration of the vital roles of music and women in American history. Because of this, last March I highlighted resources that combine music and women so that all students may experience women as musicians, educators, adjudicators, clinicians, composers, conductors, presenters, and more!

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!

Student Opportunities



Riley's Way Call for Kindness

The Call For Kindness offers young changemakers the chance to participate in a dynamic Leadership Development Fellowship and win up to $3,000 in funding for a project of their own that inspires kindness and strengthens their local, national, or global communities.

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! Save with the Early Bird Discount if you register before April 14, 2023.
  • Level I:  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 II:  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 March


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

Keynote Speaker

  • March 4, 2023
  • Syracuse, New York
  • New York State Band Directors Association Symposium (NYSBDA)
  • "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Am I Providing Opportunities Reflecting All?"



  • March 7, 2023
  • virtual
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 
  • Music Pedagogy - Undergraduate Interview Project


  • March 8, 2023
  • Crofton, Maryland
  • Anne Arundel County High School Band Adjudication Festival

Content Creator

  • March 10, 2023
  • Making Key Changes - monthly newsletter


  • March 20 & 21, 2023
  • Frederick, Maryland
  • Frederick County High School Band Adjudication Festival





Serve as a sponsor!

Contact Dr. Lori Schwartz Reichl if you would like to sponsor a future project. Your help is appreciated! 



Thank you!

I want to acknowledge the people who proofread the draft versions of this newsletter and provide suggestions for improvement before I email it out each month. Thank you to my incredible friend and colleague, Denis Karp, and my amazing parents, Donna & Frank Schwartz, for their guidance, support, and encouragement.
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