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"After Hours:  Conversations for Music Educators" is a podcast just for band directors, orchestra directors, and other music educators. Each episode features 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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Developing Student Leaders in Your Music Program

Panelist

Dr. Brandon Robinson

Marcia Neel

Dr. Brandon E. Robinson is a devoted music educator, clinician, drill designer, music arranger, and composer with more than twenty years of service. A native of Blytheville, Arkansas, Robinson has traveled the southern United States working with groups of all sizes. He is passionate about instilling a love and appreciation for music in all students he works with- from D1 university wind ensembles to rural beginning band students.

Robinson is currently the Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music Education at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS. He has presented workshops across the United States including The Midwest Clinic, the Music For All Summer Symposium, and the Texas Music Educators Association Annual Conference. Kappa Kappa Psi presented Dr. Robinson with the “Outstanding Sponsor” award for his service as a sponsor of the Kappa Zeta chapter at Wake Forest University during the 2017 biannual national convention.

Robinson received his Bachelor of Music Education and Masters of Music in Instrumental conducting from Arkansas State University and completed his graduate studies from his Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education from the University of Mississippi.

When not in the classroom, Robinson can be found playing gigs with local jazz combos, watching any and all college sports, or catching the latest game by his beloved St. Louis Cardinals with his family.

 

Summary

In this episode of "After Hours: Conversations for Music Educators", we hosted Dr. Brandon Robinson, the Assistant Professor of Music Education and Director of Bands for the Mississippi University of Women. We discussed the following questions:

  • Why is it important that we develop student leaders in our program?
  • What are the signs of a healthy student leadership development program?
  • What are some intentional ways to develop your student leaders?
  • How can we develop student leaders during COVID?

 

Video Recording

 

 

Podcast

 

 

Resources

Contact Dr. Robinson:

By email:  brobinson2@muw.edu

By phone: 901-262-1936

 

Professional Development Attendance Letter

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Posted by Amro Music at Saturday, November 21, 2020

Hosting a Beginner Concert In-Person or Online

Panelists

Marcia Neel

Marcia Neel

A veteran of 36 years in public school music education, Marcia Neel has directed successful secondary music programs in Connecticut, Ohio, Massachusetts, and Nevada. She received her Bachelors Degree in Music Education with a concentration in Choral Music from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and her Master of Arts Degree in History from the University of Nevada Las Vegas specializing in 20th Century Labor History. She served as Coordinator of Secondary Fine Arts for the Clark County School District (CCSD), headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, from 1994 until her retirement in 2007. Neel currently serves as president of Music Education Consultants, Inc., a consortium of music education professionals which works with a variety of educational organizations, arts associations, and school districts to foster the growth and breadth of articulated, music education programs for all children. In 2016, Marcia was named Senior Director of Education for Yamaha Corporation of America and in this position, consults with numerous school districts to assist in the development of a variety of facets of their Music and Arts Education Programs. Among others, specialty areas include curriculum development and expansion, professional development, teacher induction programs, and the providing of conductors and adjudicators for honor ensembles and music festivals. She also serves as Education Advisor to The Music Achievement Council, a 501(c)(6) non-profit corporation whose main focus is professional development for instrumental educators to reach and serve more music students. In this capacity, she has provided innovative and engaging sessions, keynotes, and in-service trainings in 41 states.

George Quinlan, Jr.

George Quinlan, Jr. presently serves as the CEO and as an educational representative for Quinlan and Fabish Music Company, a family-owned business with 9 locations serving educators in the greater Chicagoland area and surrounding communities and states. George also serves on the board of directors for the Music Achievement Council, on the Board of Directors for the Midwest Clinic, is the past chairman of the VanderCook College of Music's Board of Trustees, and is a past president of the National Association of School Music Dealers.

 

 

Summary

In this episode of "After Hours: Conversations for Music Educators", Marcia Neel and George Quinlan, Jr. met with us to discuss the many benefits of hosting a beginner concert during the first semester of learning to play. We discussed turnkey materials to make it your easiest (and most fun!) concert of the year, plus great resources if you are teaching online this semester.

 

Video Recording

Podcast

 

Resources

Music Ed Consultants Website 

Music Education Resources from Yamaha

NAMM Foundation Resources for Educators

Download First Performance Materials

Play-along concert video

Promo Clip

 

Professional Development Attendance Letter

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Posted by Amro Music at Friday, October 23, 2020

Pandemic Fatigue and Living Your Best Life

Panelist - Scott Lang

For over a decade Scott Lang has been educating and entertaining audiences of all ages. As a nationally known leadership trainer, Scott conducts over 120 workshops annually and works with some of our country’s finest educational groups and performing ensembles.

As a highly decorated veteran teacher of sixteen years Scott's bands have had many notable performances including the Pasadena Tournament of Rose Parade, the Music Educators National Biennial Conference and for the President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton.

Scott is a well regarded author with over ten publications to his credit including; Seriously?!, Leader of the Band, Leadership Success, Leadership Travel Guide, Leadership Survival Guide, Sound Leadership and is the creator of the highly successful Be Part of the Music series.

Mr. Lang currently resides in Chandler, Arizona with his beautiful wife Leah and their sons, Brayden, Evan and their highly irrational Golden Retriever Rexie. He has breathed in and out approximately 264 million times and plans to keep on doing so until he doubles that number.

Summary

In this episode of "After Hours: Conversations for Music Educators", author and educator Scott Lang joins Nick Averwater to discuss ways to stay positive, and seize new opportunities in the challenging age of Covid 19. 

Video Recording

Podcast

 

Resources

Scott Lang's Website

Scott's COVID-19 Resources

Scott's Publications

Professional Development Attendance Letter

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Posted by Amro Music at Thursday, October 15, 2020

Habits of a Successful Musician

Panelist

Scott Rush, Author of the "Habits of a Successful Musician" series

Summary

In this episode of "After Hours: Conversations for Music Educators", author Scott Rush joins us to discuss the online learning resources available through the "Habits of a Successful Musician" book series.

Video Recording

Podcast

 

Resources

Email Scott

Professional Development Attendance Letter

Posted by Amro Music at Thursday, August 20, 2020

Middle School Classroom Procedures During COVID-19

Panelists

Summary

In this week's conversations, our panel of middle school directors shares how they will lay out their classroom and rehearsal spaces, manage instrument storage and classroom logistics, instrument hygiene and more for the upcoming school year during COVID-19.

Video Recording

Podcast

 

Resources

Parent Letter Example - Olive Branch Middle School

Professional Development Attendance Letter

Posted by Amro Music at Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Technology Solutions for Music Educators

Panelist- Jeremy Payne

Jeremy Payne - The Music People

Summary

In this week's conversations, Jeremy shared with us technology solutions for teaching, streaming and online learning. We will discuss USB hubs, microphones, classroom PA systems, and more!

Video Recording

Podcast

 

Resources

Email Jeremy here.

Professional Development Attendance Letter

Posted by Amro Music at Monday, August 10, 2020

Assessing Your Program's Needs and Crafting Your Plan Forward

Assessing Your Program's Needs and Crafting Your Plan Forward

Panelists- Francie Beard, David Stevens, and Greg Bruner

Summary

In this week's conversations, our panel discussed how to assess the needs of your ensembles and also its individual students after returning from a summer break and school shutdowns due to COVID-19

Video Recording

Podcast

 

Professional Development Attendance Letter

Posted by Amro Music at Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Assigning Beginner Instruments without Aerosols or Mouthpiece Testing

How to Assign Beginners without Instruments

Panelist- Rebecca Lowry

Rebecca Lowry - Director, Mill Creek Middle School

Summary

In this week's conversations, middle school director Rebecca Lowry shared with us how she places her beginning band students on instruments based on facial structure, rather than through mouthpiece testing.

Video Recording

Podcast

 

Resources

Instrument Fitting Spreadsheet

Beginner Instrument Facial Structure Reference Sheet

Contact Rebecca

Instrument Petting Zoo

Professional Development Attendance Letter

Posted by Amro Music at Monday, August 3, 2020

Activities and Curriculum Ideas for Beginning Musicians without Instruments

Panelists- Grant Harbison, Chris Watson, Adonias Finch, and Rebecca Lowry

  • Grant Harbison - (Jonesboro, Arkansas)
  • Chris Watson- (Paducah, Kentucky)
  • Adonias Finch - (Memphis, Tennessee)
  • Rebecca Lowry - (Nolensville, Tennessee)

Summary

On Tuesday, July 28, 2020, our panel shared ideas and activities to keep students learning and engaged with music that can take place before the instrument rental meeting.

Video Recording

Podcast

 

Resources

Beginner Instrument Recommendations 

Professional Development Attendance Letter

Posted by Amro Music at Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Staying Relentlessly Positive While Facing Reality

Panelist - Bob Morrison

Robert B. Morrison is Founder and CEO of Quadrant Research, the nation’s leading arts education research organization where he has created a deep body of research and policy work and is recognized as a pioneer in statewide arts education status and condition research. Mr. Morrison was the managing partner for the groundbreaking New Jersey Arts Education Census Project, completing the first statewide census for arts education in every school building.

Mr. Morrison is the founder of Music for All, was the founding CEO of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, served as the Director of Market Development for NAMM, where he helped create the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation and was recognized for his work adding the arts as a core subject to the nation’s education goals.

Mr. Morrison’s advocacy work has earned him both an EMMY and a Peabody Award and he received an honorary doctorate degree from the State University of New York.

Summary

On Tuesday, July 21, 2020, we had our After Hours conversation with Bob Morrison, CEO of Quadrant Research and the founder of Music for All. Bob shares with us his thoughts on being both realistic in facing the challenges brought on by COVID-19 and the importance of remaining both proactive and positive throughout

Video Recording

Podcast

 

Resources

September Ready Plan from Arts Ed NJ

Preliminary Research from the study at the University of Colorado

Webinar Overview of the Preliminary Research

Amro Music's Google Drive of COVID-19 Documents

Professional Development Attendance Letter

Posted by Amro Music at Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Lessons Learned from Successful Marching Band Camps

Panelists- Orien Landis, Darin Graber, Stephen Aylward, and Len Killough

Summary

On Wednesday, July 15, 2020, we had a panel discussion featuring directors that have already hosted camps and summer activities. These directors shared their insights, lessons learned, and the challenges they faced while hosting a camp in the COVID-19 era.

Video Recording

Podcast

 

Professional Development Attendance Letter

Posted by Amro Music at Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Using Essential Elements Interactive to Connect with Students: Both Online and in the Classroom

Panelist- Steve Smith

In 2012, Steve joined the team at Hal Leonard as an Instrumental Editor. At Hal Leonard, he works with the production of instrumental music and educational materials for band and strings. Steve brings his recent teaching experience to Hal Leonard and is using this in the development of the new Essential Elements Interactive website designed to assist teachers and students at the beginning instrumental level.

Summary

On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, we had our After Hours conversation with Steve Smith, the product manager for Essential Elements Interactive. He explored using the Essential Elements method for learning both in the classroom and while at home.

Video Recording

Podcast

 

Resources

Webinar Handouts

Preview these series to see which book is right for your students and your music program:

Essential Elements - Strings

Essential Elements - Band

Professional Development Attendance Letter

Posted by Amro Music at Tuesday, July 14, 2020