Dr. Lori Schwartz Reichl has written the following articles 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:

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November 2023

"A Teacher's Legacy: The Influence of Gratitude" 


October 2023

"Tough Blows: An Educator's Story of Defying the Odds" 


September 2023

"Establish Empathy in the Ensemble: Conducting the Musicians Before the Music"


June 2023

"Planning for the Inevitable: Navigating Challenges in and out of the Classroom"


May 2023

"The Three-Legged Stool: Creating and Maintaining Stability in Education"


April 2023

"An Educational Epidemic: The Elephant in the Classroom"


March 2023

"Expand Your Circle: Inspiring Pathways to Potential"


February 2023

"An Evolution in Education: Supporting Our Administrators May Be the Key Change Needed"


January 2023

"Mission Possible: It Is Never Too Late to Refresh the Vision"


December 2022

“Productivity Versus Presence: A Dedicated Decision for December (and the New Year!)" 


October 2022

“Leading by Example: Making Key Changes in Your Career" 


September 2022

“The Student Voice: Are We Listening and Adapting?" 


August 2022

“The Capacity to Collaborate: 5 Steps to Empower Teamwork" 


July 2022

“From One End to the Next: Will We Be Ready?" 


June 2022

“5 Things Teachers Can Do To Recharge of the Summer" ~ #4 of the Top-10 Most Accessed Music Education Blogs of 2022 for the National Association for Music Education


May 2022

“The Final Countdown: Make the Moments Count Rather Than Count the Days that Remain" 


April 2022

“The Heartbreaking Truth about Education: Why and How Will We Survive?" ~ #1 of the Top-10 Most Accessed Music Education Blogs of 2022 for the National Association for Music Education


March 2022

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


February 2022

“Keeping It Reichl: Authentic Experiences in Education" 


January 2022

"The Meaning of Mentorship" 


November 2021

“10 Books to Improve Practice: Part I - Why Practice Works" 


October 2021

“A Pathway to Perpetual Purpose and Pride: Sharing Stories About Ourselves"


September 2021

“Exponential Potential: All Ensemble Members Are Important"


August 2021

“It's a Brand New Day: How Will You Show It?"


July 2021

“If I Could Turn Back Time: A Letter to My Younger Self"


June 2021

“Has Your Flame Burned Out or Have You (Temporarily) Lost Your Spark?"


May 2021

“United Sound: Putting Passion to Practice"


April 2021

“Spring Forward. . .Remotely, When Necessary: Recognize the Importance of Recruiting All Students"


March 2021

“Now Is the Time! Music Education "Challenges" Core Curricula for First Chair" ~ #5 of the Top-10 Most Accessed Music Education Blogs of 2021 for the National Association for Music Education


February 2021

“Lessons Learned from the Space Shuttle Challenger's Explosion: Listen to Employees" ~ #6 of the Top-10 Most Accessed Music Education Blogs of 2021 for the National Association for Music Education


January 2021

“The Promise of Artistic Process: Part 2"


December 2020

“The Gift of Musical Language: It's a "Sign" of Service Amid Uncertain Times"


November 2020

“A Prelude to Performance: Instructional Methods for Introducing a Musical Selection"


October 2020

“The Promise of Artistic Process: Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Aligns the Standards"


September 2020

“5 Skills of an Engaged and Enthusiastic Mentee"


August 2020

“Advising Students on Majoring in Music: A Little Nudge Can Do Them Good"


July 2020

“Stop, Drop, and Scroll: Questions to Guide Your Social Media Behavior"


June 2020

“Women with Batons Band Together"

“Ready, Set . . . Grow! Reflection and Refreshment Are Necessary for the Future of Music Education"


May 2020

“A Personal and Professional Pivot: Make It Simple, Not Stressful"


April 2020

“First Comes Love, Then Comes Mastery: Connecting Socially, Emotionally, and Virtually As a Community"


March 2020

“Spring Forward: Recognize the Importance of Recruitment Presentations"


February 2020

“Vision 2020: Did We Make Key Changes?"


January 2020

“Preparation for Adjudication: A Checklist for Success"


December 2019

“Speak the Language: Use Proper, Specific Music Vocabulary in Your Daily Instruction"


November 2019

“Mirror Mirror on the Wall: Am I Providing Opportunities Reflecting All?"


October 2019

"Do You Hear What I Hear? Isolating and Attacking Musical Phrases for Accuracy"


September 2019

"Sharpen Your Vision: Envisioning and Articulating Your Program's Future"

“Stronger Together: How to Get Administration on Your Side”


August 2019

"Everyday Networking: Forget the Rules and Just Be You"

"Make It Stick: Implement Rehearsal Routines" ~ #7 of the Top-10 Most Accessed Music Education Blogs of 2019 for the National Association for Music Education


July 2019

"Professionalism in Teaching: Treating the Pursuit of Excellence as a Daily Habit" ~ #9 of the Top-10 Most Accessed Music Education Blogs of 2019 for the National Association for Music Education


June 2019

“An Individual Path: Thinking Outside the Box When Making Career Changes”

“A Resource for Diversity: Interview with Dr. Rob Deemer”


May 2019

“The Concert Is Over. Now What?”


April 2019

“Summer Is Coming: Make a Musical Splash”


March 2019

“Get with the Program: It Can Be the Icing on a Concert's Cake”

“Opening Doors for All Students: 2019 National Conference”


February 2019

“In Memoriam Michele Holt: Executive Director of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association”

“Make It Stick: Implement Rehearsal Routines”~ #7 of the National Association for Music Education's "Top 10 Most-Read Music Education Blogs of 2019"


January 2019

“Maintain Your Musicianship: Dust Off Your Instrument and Experience the Benefits”

“Recognizing Excellence in Collaboration: Interview with Frederick Burrack & Kelly A. Parkes”


December 2018

“Friendship as Mentorship: Colleagues Can Be Your Best Resource Professionally and Personally”


November 2018

“Making a School Whole Again: Interview with David Byrd”

“Show Gratitude: Make Real Contact by Giving Thanks, and Meaning It”


October 2018

“Meet the Parents: Encourage Positive Interaction Before Instruction”


September 2018

“Build It and They Will Come: Recruiting and Retaining Students”


August 2018

“The New NAfME President Measures Up: Interview with Kathleen D. Sanz”

“The Power of Pause: How Storytelling Can Promote Rejuvenation in a Classroom


July 2018

“Management Potential: A Purposeful and Passionate Plan for Managing the Music Classroom”


June 2018

“A Motto for Success: The Surprising Benefits of Music Classroom Sloganeering”

“Pursuing His Passions of Faith, Family, Farm, and Music: Interview with Fred Ritter”


May 2018

“Prepare for Next Year: Reflection, Excitement, and Initiation Must Start Now”


April 2018

“Embrace Your Uniqueness: Gaining Inspiration Without Plagiarism”


March 2018

“Live Life Rosie(r): Spread Love Everywhere You Go”


February 2018

“Music Is for All of Us: Interview with Alice Hammel”

“Prepare to Be Judged: There Is No Better Adjudicator Than Yourself”


January 2018

“Stronger Together: How to Get Administration on Your Side”