Making Key Changes: Refresh Your Music Program

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Making Key Changes:
Refresh Your Music Program

June 7–August 1, 2021

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!

Instructor: Lori Schwartz Reichl

Schwartz_Reichl,_LoriLori Schwartz Reichl has parlayed her experience of establishing and maintaining music programs in various educational settings into a portfolio career of serving as an active adjudicator, clinician, conductor, instructor, speaker and writer. She is the author of over 60 articles and interviews for an assortment of education publications. She has conducted or presented in 15 states, including many international conferences, prepared countless K-12 professional development sessions nationwide, and has been interviewed for 11 music education podcasts. As a journalist for Teaching Music Magazine, she has written many featured stories. Schwartz Reichl is co-author (w/ Robert Sheldon) of the e-resource Hit the Highest Notes: Tips from the Coordinator and Conductor for Hosting a Successful Honor Ensemble Festival. Schwartz Reichl designed her mentoring publications into a popular graduate course that she instructs at the University of the Arts and VanderCook College of Music entitled Making Key Changes: Refresh Your Music Program. In addition, she is the founder of Making Key Changes where she supports the mentorship of educators and motivation of students; co-founder of Women Banding Together, a global group that cultivates mentoring relationships and fosters the development of women band directors; and state chair for Maryland and member of the mentoring committee of Women Band Directors International. She strives daily to make key changes to music education for all students, families, educators, administrators and supporters. Learn more about Schwartz Reichl at

Course Details

 Making Key Changes:
Refresh Your Music Program

Course Code 7621

Lori Schwartz Reichl

3 Graduate Credits

$1,065, due in full with registration

Chat Sessions 
Wednesdays beginning June 9,
9:00 a.m.
12:30 p.m. CT


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