Founder, Executive Director, Co-Editor
Brandi taught elementary music for ten years in Fort Worth, Texas where she served as a mentor teacher, wrote lower elementary music curriculum, and was awarded the 2018 Bayard Friedman Chair for Teaching Excellence in Performance Arts. Brandi holds a BM and MM in Jazz Studies from Howard University and is pursuing a PhD 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 has been a member of the Fort Worth ISD racial equity committee since 2018 and in 2019 completed a Campus Voices Fellowship with Leadership ISD, focusing on educational equity. Brandi is an active musician and performs various styles, most often jazz and early American Roots music. She is an active presenter on topics ranging from decolonizing and anti racist philosophies in music education to jazz and the Black history of early American music, and incorporating these into the classroom.
Deputy Director, Lead Editor
Lorelei is an Associate Professor of General Music Education at Baldwin Wallace University outside Cleveland, Ohio. She received a BM from Southwest Texas State University, an MM in Instrumental Conducting from Texas State University, and a Ph.D in Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin.
Lorelei taught undergraduates at UT Austin for 5 years and elementary general music in San Antonio and Austin for 14 years. She has served on the AOSA Board of Trustees, chaired the AOSA Diversity and Equity subcommittee, and is the State Director of the Texas affiliate of the National Association for Music Education. She presents clinics and workshops both nationally and internationally and is the co-author of Elemental ʻUkulele: Pathways and Possibilities.
Presenter, Educational Content Co-Creator
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Syreeta Neal is an upper elementary music educator, 3rd generation Blues musician and activist based in Los Angeles. Syreeta was born into a family of artists and began her 21 year musical career as an international touring artist before moving to LA and transiting into music education in 2011, with an emphasis on racial equity in the music classroom. Aside from her lived experience and deep roots in Black American traditional music, Syreeta also holds a specialist certification in vocal jazz, R&B and pop/rock from Berklee College of Music and is a board member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the
American Orff Schulwerk Association.