In this episode, Brandi and Lorelei tell all about how they founded Decolonizing the Music Room. We also dive into questions we should all be asking ourselves to evolve personally and professionally.

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Brandi Waller-Pace is the Founder and Executive Director of Decolonizing the Music Room. She 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 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 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 the Black history of early American music.

Lorelei Batislaong is the Deputy Director of Decolonizing the Music Room. Lorelei is a 14-year veteran of the elementary music classroom. She received a BM in Music with teacher certification from Southwest Texas State University, a MM in Instrumental Conducting from Texas State University. She served on the American Orff Schulwerk Association National Board of Trustees as Region III Representative and is a former chair of the AOSA Diversity and Inclusion committee.  Lorelei is the State Director of the Texas affiliate of the 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 it could be better.

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