Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Tiffiny C. Reckley is a 10 year music education veteran where she is a current middle school band director, serves as a Campus Teacher Leader for instructional technology, social emotional learning liaison, TEACH Coaching ambassador, and proudly serves as a mentor teacher. Having most recently served as a middle school Music Teacher and Fine Arts Department Chair in Houston, she has formerly held positions as a middle and high school band director and choral director in Texas and Louisiana, as well as an elementary and early childhood general music teacher. Ms. Reckley earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Xavier University of Louisiana, and a Master of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas, respectively. She is extremely passionate about addressing trauma, social emotional learning and social justice issues in the urban fine arts classroom. Ms. Reckley’s research surrounding Black female band directors in urban Title 1 schools titled, ‘Critical Issues of Intersectionality in the Urban Band Room: A Review of Literature’, was selected to present at the Texas Music Educators Association conference poster session in 2018. Concurrently, she created Black Girls Do Band, Too, an online platform devoted to the support of more Black female band directors nationwide.
Most recently, Ms. Reckley co-facilitated a presentation for the Houston Area Alliance of Black School Educators Mini Conference, titled “How to Use Components of SEL From Your Teacher toolbox During Times of Social Injustice”. She also published an op-ed with Educating While Black regarding the ‘Guidance on the Implementation of African American Studies in Texas High School Classrooms’, titled The Revolution Will Be Televised, Make Sure You Program The Correct Channel. No stranger to spreading the word on all platforms, Ms.Reckley has been interviewed by the HERStory Podcast, and the Program Notes: The Band Director Podcast, on life as a Black female band director, and working in urban music program settings. She is looking forward to facilitating a several presentations at the 2021 Texas Music Educators’ Clinic & Convention on “Mentoring Novice Music Educators in Urban Turnaround Schools” and co-facilitating “Teacher Mental Wellness and Student Social Emotional Learning”, and also the 2021 Georgia Music Educators Association Conference as a featured panelist for "Creating Equity in the Band Room From Beginning Band to the Podium". Ms. Reckley is a Charter member of the Association of Black Women Band Directors, and a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Texas Black Music Educators, Houston Area Alliance of Black School Educators, Texas Music Educators Association, the International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education, her respective university alumni groups, and founding Vice President of the Sentito Arts Foundation.
Her favorite quote is, “Music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, a life to everything.” –Plato