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Summer 2022 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Making Key Changes: Refresh Your Music Program


June 6-July 31, 2022

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits


$1,065, due in full with registration


Are you in search of mentorship and motivation? Make key changes to refresh your program for face-to-face and/or remote instruction! Course assignments are developed with the intention of immediate implementation to your classroom/rehearsal space/program. Discover a successful plan to organize efficiently, instruct skillfully, manage behavior effectively, communicate clearly, and collaborate inclusively. Topics will include refreshing various parts of your program, such as an inclusive vision, mission statement, motto, handbook/syllabus, classroom management, rehearsal routines, behavioral plan, administrative support, recruitment/retention, collaborative performance opportunities, assessment, concert programming, organizational procedures, professional development, and other topics relevant to participants’ needs. Make key changes to refresh your music program!

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Chat Session

Students are expected to attend all the Mandatory ZOOM Meeting Times for the full duration: * Thursday, June 9 @ 7 pm ET - 10 pm ET (*Evening times for this date only are to accommodate teachers who may still be working in their schools.) Thursday, June 16 @ 11 am ET - 2:30 pm ET Thursday, June 23 @ 11 am ET - 2:30 pm ET Thursday, June 30 @ 11 am ET - 2:30 pm ET Thursday, July 7 @ 11 am ET - 2:30 pm ET Thursday, July 14 @ 11 am ET - 2:30 pm ET Thursday, July 21 @ 11 am ET - 2:30 pm ET Thursday, July 28 @ 11 am ET - 2:30 pm ET



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Learning Platform Information (Online Courses Only)

Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

The evening  before your class begins, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit to login. 

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.

More information about Schoology can be found at

Please see specific software/hardware requirements in the course description.

Online course grades are available within two weeks of the course(s) completion.  If you need a transcript, please CLICK HERE to access the online transcript request form. For a faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).


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Lori Schwartz Reichl

Dr. Lori Schwartz Reichl (b. 1978) is a champion of mentorship and motivation in education. She has served as a proud educator for more than two decades. Lori has successfully led secondary music programs in a rural school in Pennsylvania and two Title I schools in Maryland, one of which was assigned to corrective action for two years. She has had the opportunity to open two new buildings: Daniel Boone Area Middle School in Douglassville, Pennsylvania and Thomas Viaduct Middle School in Hanover, Maryland. In 2004, Lori received the Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Daniel Boone Area School District in Berks County, Pennsylvania. In 2011, while serving as band director for Oakland Mills Middle School in Columbia, Maryland, she was a finalist for the Howard County Public School System’s Teacher of the Year Award and a finalist for the 2013 Howard County Parents for School Music Educator of the Year Award. In 2017 and 2018 Lori supervised music education majors at Towson University during their student teaching placements throughout the Baltimore, Maryland area. In 2018, Lori designed her mentoring publications into a popular graduate course that she instructs at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and VanderCook College of Music in Chicago entitled “Making Key Changes.” These unique experiences of designing, establishing, and maintaining music programs in a variety of educational settings have permitted Lori to expand her multi-faceted career into a portfolio as an active adjudicator, clinician, conductor, instructor, speaker, and writer. She enjoys invitations for conducting, consulting, and speaking engagements. She is frequently requested to design and present meaningful professional development experiences for staff and students in all areas of education. Lori is the author of over 75 articles and interviews for an assortment of education publications. She has conducted honor bands or presented educational sessions in 16 states including at international conferences and performances, prepared countless K-12 professional development sessions nationwide, spoken in dozens of collegiate classrooms, and has been interviewed for 13 education podcasts. As a journalist for Teaching Music Magazine, Lori has interviewed hundreds of respected stakeholders in education and written many featured stories. As the founder of Making Key Changes, Lori supports the mentorship of K-12 educators and the motivation of K-12 and collegiate students. She is co-founder of Women Banding Together, a global group that cultivates mentoring relationships and fosters the development of women band directors. For Women Band Directors International, Lori serves as the Maryland state chair and a member of the mentoring committee. She is also a member of the advisory committee of the Status of Women Mentoring Program for the North American Saxophone Alliance. Lori received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from West Chester University, Master of Music Education from Lebanon Valley College, Administrator I Certification through McDaniel College, and Doctor of Music Education from Liberty University. Lori’s doctoral thesis is entitled “The Student Voice: Perception of Students’ Representation of Themselves in the Secondary Band Curriculum.” Her research is rooted in the student perspective and effective strategies of Diversity/Equity/Inclusion/Access for learners and leaders of all subject areas and levels. Lori resides near Baltimore, Maryland where she maintains a large private saxophone studio. She shares an exciting life with her non-musical engineer husband, 6-year-old daughter, and 4-year-old son. Lori grew up in York County, Pennsylvania. She was fortunate to have her father as her elementary and high school band director and musical mentor and her mother as her creative cheerleader and present-day editor. Lori credits her large extended family, and especially her parents, for her love of creativity, music, and teaching. Dr. Lori Schwartz Reichl’s motto is “Embrace your uniqueness!”
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