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Summer 2023 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Making More Key Changes: Motivation for the Seasoned Educator (Level 2)


June 5-July 28, 2023

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits


$1,080 is due in full with registration.


This course is open to ALL subject areas and levels of teaching as an extension of “Making Key Changes: Refresh Your Program (Level I).” In order to register for “Making MORE Key Changes: Motivation for the Seasoned Educator (Level II),” interested students should have taken “Making Key Changes: Refresh Your Program” either through VanderCook College of Music or at The University of the Arts between the summers of 2019 and 2022. If an interested student has not taken this prerequisite course, they may email Dr. Lori Schwartz Reichl [[email protected]] for a potential exception based on their experiences. Similar to Level I, this course is a creative mentorship and motivational approach intended to encourage reflection, motivation, and change both personally and professionally. There will be a brief review of content from Level I, with topics such as branding, burnout, creativity, leadership, relevancy, professional development, and transitions to be discussed in greater detail.

The course is a creative mentorship and motivational approach intended to encourage reflection, inspiration, collaboration, creation, and ultimately – refreshment!

Zoom Meeting Times are listed in ET = Eastern Time! 


  • Week 1:  Thursday, June 15 @ 8 pm ET – 10:30 pm ET 
  • Week 2:  Thursday, June 22 @ 8 pm ET – 10:30 pm ET  
  • Week 3:  Thursday, June 29 @ 8 pm ET – 10:30 pm ET 
  • Week 4:  Thursday, July 6 @ 8 pm ET – 10:30 pm ET  
  • Week 5:  Thursday, July 13 @ 8 pm ET – 10:30 pm ET 
  • Week 6:  Thursday, July 20 @ 8 pm ET – 10:30 pm ET


Chat Session

This is a synchronous course that meets from June 15 - July 20, 2023 with 6 live required chat sessions. All course sessions are mandatory. Students are expected to attend all interactive Zoom meetings each Thursday beginning June 15 and ending on July 20 for the full-time commitment with audio and video ON throughout each meeting. See "Zoom Meeting Times" under Overview for a full calendar.


In order to register for “Making MORE Key Changes: Motivation for the Seasoned Educator (Level II),” interested students should have taken “Making Key Changes: Refresh Your Program” either through VanderCook College of Music or at The University of the Arts between the summers of 2019 and 2022.

Required Text(s)

All course readings: 

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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Dr. Lori Schwartz Reichl

Dr. Lori Schwartz Reichl (b. 1978) is a champion of mentorship and motivation. Dr. Reichl’s mission is 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, and community. Dr. Reichl’s unique experiences have permitted her to expand her multifaceted career into a portfolio as a clinician, conductor, instructor, writer, and speaker. She is the author of nearly 100 articles that have been reprinted with permission by more than 10 organizations worldwide. Since 2019, she has had at least one article per year highlighted on the Top-10 Most Accessed Music Education Blogs for the National Association for Music Education, earning the #1 spot in 2022. She designed these mentoring pieces into two graduate courses that she instructs at The University of the Arts (Philadelphia) and VanderCook College of Music (Chicago). She also creates inspirational content for a monthly newsletter consisting of thousands of subscribers. Musically, Dr. Reichl has served as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor for honor bands in several states. Generally, for all areas and levels of education, Dr. Reichl has presented more than 100 professional development sessions and keynote speeches for educational systems and organizations in almost half of the nation’s states including at international events. In addition, she has been interviewed for 16 education and leadership podcasts. Dr. Reichl 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, she serves as the Maryland State Chair and a member of the mentoring committee. She is a member of the K-12 Repertoire Diversity Task Force for the National Association for Music Education and the Executive Advisory Council for the Institute for Composer Diversity. In addition, she has previously served as a member of the advisory committee of the Status of Women Mentoring Program for the North American Saxophone Alliance and as an ensemble director on four European summer tours for American Music Abroad. Dr. Reichl is a premier instructor for Music Reading Class, a resource to help people of all ages learn to read music. Dr. Reichl has served as a proud educator since 2001. She has lovingly taught students and successfully led secondary music programs in Pennsylvania and Maryland schools that are located in rural and suburban areas, labeled Title I, and have been assigned to “corrective action.” In both states, Dr. Reichl has had the opportunity to open two new school buildings, develop new curricula, and collaborate with various communities. In Pennsylvania she received the Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Daniel Boone Area School District and in Maryland she has been a finalist for the Howard County Parents for School Music Educator of the Year Award and the Howard County Public School System’s Teacher of the Year Award. Dr. Reichl attended the Northeastern School District 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. She credits her large extended family, and especially her parents, for her love of creativity, music, and teaching. Dr. Reichl 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. Dr. Reichl’s research is rooted in the student voice and effective strategies of Diversity/Equity/Inclusion/Belonging. Dr. Reichl resides near Baltimore, Maryland where she maintains a private saxophone studio and coaches her daughter’s basketball team. She travels the world both in-person and virtually when invited for conducting, consulting, and speaking engagements. She shares an exciting life with her (non-musical!) engineer husband, 7-year-old daughter, and 5-year-old son. Dr. Lori Schwartz Reichl’s motto is to Embrace Uniqueness! 💗

The mission of VanderCook College of Music is to enrich the lives of present and future generations by developing uniquely skilled music teachers who exhibit strong character, professionalism, and a commitment to excellence.

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