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 professional practices while making key changes to refresh strategies that represent a shared vision to enrich the classroom, company, and community. She collaborates with students, educators, and leaders globally to mentor and motivate them.
Dr. Reichl’s unique experiences have permitted her to expand her multifaceted career into a portfolio as a sought-after motivational speaker, educational consultant, and guest conductor. She is the author of nearly 100 educational 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 (beyond educators!). Dr. Reichl has presented more than 100 professional learning sessions or keynote speeches, guest conducted more than 50 honor bands, adjudicated hundreds of instrumental music ensembles, and effectively guided educators of all levels and assorted subject areas. In addition, Dr. Reichl has been interviewed for nearly 20 education and leadership podcasts.
Dr. Reichl served as a proud public school teacher from 2001 through 2015 until her work transformed into collaborating with students, educators, and leaders everywhere! Prior to 2016, she lovingly taught students and successfully led secondary music programs in Pennsylvania and Maryland for schools in rural and suburban areas, schools labeled Title I, and a school assigned to "corrective action." Dr. Reichl opened two new school buildings, developed curricula, and collaborated 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 was a finalist for both 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 successful strategies of Diversity/Equity/Inclusion/Belonging.
Dr. Reichl resides near Baltimore, Maryland where she shares an exciting life with her engineer husband and two very active young children. She travels the world when invited to speak, consult, and conduct. She adores these engagements!
Dr. Lori Schwartz Reichl's motto is to Embrace Uniqueness! and she passionately encourages everyone she meets to do the same. 💗