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Each episode, held Tuesdays at 5PM CT, will feature a conversation with music educators trying new, innovative ways to tackle today's challenges. We will exchange questions, ideas, best practices, and lessons learned. To access recordings, resources, and other helpful items from each session, visit the pages below.

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Moving Online: Preparing Yourself, Your Curriculum, and Your Resources

The Transition From In-Person to Online Music Instruction Panelist- John Mlynczak John Mlynczak offers an extensive range of experiences in music education and the music industry and is a frequent national clinician. Mr. Mlynczak is Managing Director of Noteflight, a Hal Leonard company, and Past-president of the Technology Institute of Music Educators. John also teaches online Graduate courses at VanderCook College and Boston University Online, and a Google Level-2 Certified... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Recruitment and Retention Ideas and Strategies for 2020-2021 with Marcia Neel

Recruiting and Retention Ideas for Band Directors, Orchestra Teachers, and Choir Directors  Panelist-  Marcia Neel Marcia served as a public school music educator for 36 years—14 of those as the Secondary Fine Arts Coordinator for the Clark County School District, the nation’s fifth-largest, headquartered in Las Vegas, NV. She currently serves as president of Music Education Consultants, Inc., a consortium of music education professionals working... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Taking Action: Developing Your Program's Action Plan for Music Education

How to Develop Your Band Program's Action Plan for Music Education Panelists- Barry Trobaugh, Nick Averwater, and Richie Williams Barry Trobaugh, Director of Bands, Munford (TN) High School Nick Averwater, Vice President, Amro Music Stores, Inc. Richie Williams, Director of Bands, Paragould (AR) High School Summary In this week's conversations, we explored resources available to music educators and introduced the collaborative document... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Tuesday, June 2, 2020

An Overview of the CDC Guidelines for Schools and Applying Them to Music Education

Applying CDC Guidelines to Music Programs Panelists- Barry Trobaugh and Nick Averwater Barry Trobaugh, Director of Bands, Munford (TN) High School Nick Averwater, Vice President, Amro Music Stores, Inc. Summary In this week's conversations, we looked at some of the CDC guidelines issued for schools and what they might mean for music education. Video Recording Podcast   Resources Overview of CDC Guidelines Powerpoint ... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Preparing for the Marching Band Season

How to Prepare for Marching Band Season During the COVID-19 Pandemic Panelists- Ollie Liddell, Kim Hallmark Pickering, David Aydelott, and Richie Williams Ollie Liddell - Memphis Central (TN) High School Kim Hallmark Pickering - Lewisburg (MS) High School David Aydelott - Williamson County (TN) School District Richie Williams - Paragould (AR) High School Summary In this week's conversations, our panelists... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Tuesday, May 12, 2020

STEAM not just STEM: Advocating for the Arts in our Schools and Communities

Advocating for Music Education Panelists- Nola Jones, Todd Shipley, and LaDonna Gibson Nola Jones - Conn-Selmer Division of Education  Todd Shipley - TN Department of Education LaDonna Gibson - Bald Knob, AR School Board Summary In this week's conversations, our panelists discussed what music advocacy is, easy ways that anyone can advocate for music education, and what our federal legislation says about music in our schools. Video Recording ... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Bridging the Gap: Retention Techniques for the Spring and Summer

Increasing Student Retention in Band, Orchestra, and Music Programs Panelists Kim Webb - Greene County Tech Middle and High School, Paragould, AR Steven Page - Heath Middle School, Paducah, KY Gary Frite - Munford Middle and High School, Munford, TN Summary In this week's conversations, our panelists shared ideas and best practices for increasing student retention in band, orchestra, and music programs. Video Recording Podcast   ... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Recruiting Without a Classroom: Ideas to Recruit Your Largest Class Ever

Recruiting For Your Music Program During the COVID-19 Pandemic Panelists Andrew Lynn - Stewarts Creek Middle School, Smyrna, TN Hunter Durham - Rivercrest Middle School, Wilson, AR Tyler Hart - Desoto Central Middle School, Southaven, MS Summary In this week's conversations, our panelists shared their ideas, content, and methods for recruiting beginners to their program. Video Recording Podcast   Resources Amro Music Listening... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Student Engagement Activities and the Challenges of Teaching Off and Online

How to Increase Student Engagement Both On and Offline Panelists- Mark Kinzer, Jamie Young, Marcy Wells, and Lindsey Williams Mark Kinzer, Fairview High School, Fairview, TN Jamie Young, Lake Cormorant High School, Lake Cormorant, MS Marcy Wells, Greenbrier Junior High School, Greenbrier, AR Lindsey Williams, Paducah Middle School, Paducah, KY Summary In this week's conversations, our panelists shared their ideas for increasing student engagement, as well... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Tuesday, April 14, 2020