Founder, Executive Director, Co-Editor
Brandi has taught elementary music in Fort Worth, Texas for 10 years and has served as a mentor teacher and written lower elementary music curriculum. Brandi holds a B.M. and M.M. in Jazz Studies from Howard University and is pursuing her Ph.D in Music Education at the University of North Texas. She has completed Orff Schulwerk certification, Kodály level I, and Music Learning Theory levels I & II. An educational equity advocate, she is a member of her district’s racial equity committee and in 2019 completed a Campus Voices Fellowship with Leadership ISD, focusing on educational equity. Brandi performs and presents on jazz and the Black roots of early American music. She seeks to de-center the dominant white American narrative in music education to make teacher training, pre-service coursework, resources, and classroom practices more reflective of the many voices and traditions that exist in our schools.
Deputy Director, Co-Editor, Contributor
Lorelei is a 14-year veteran of the elementary music classroom. She served on the American Orff Schulwerk Association National Board of Trustees as Region III Representative and is the chair of the AOSA Diversity and Inclusion committee. She is the State Director of the Texas affiliate of National Association for Music Education. Along with presenting clinics at the local, state, and national level, Lorelei is completing a Ph.D. in Music and Human Learning at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include: Teacher noticing and decision-making, inclusivity in the music classroom and the teaching profession, and generally wondering why everything is the way it is and how could it be better.
MARTIN (pronounced mar-TEEN) URBACH
Lead Content Advisor, Contributor
Martin is a Latinx Immigrant, educator, drummer/percussionist, activist, and youth organizer. His work is based on facilitating brave spaces for youth to fall in love with music and promoting social justice through music making. He holds a B.A. in Jazz Performance from the University of New Orleans, an M.A. in Jazz Arts from the Manhattan School of Music, an Advanced Certificate in Music Education from Brooklyn College, and is a Doctoral candidate in Music Education at Teachers College at Columbia University. He teaches music and coordinates a restorative justice program at Harvest Collegiate High School in New York City. Martin presents on the intersections of social justice activism, music technology, music education and youth development. His community music group, “Liberation Drum Circles," engages youth in co-facilitating workshops for teaching and learning topics of oppression and liberation through the setting of a drum circle and by problematizing, researching and organizing to create meaningful change in their communities.