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After Hours:  A podcast for band directors, orchestra directors, and other music educators

After Hours:  Conversations for Music Educators is a music education podcast from Amro Music Stores, Inc. Our After Hours podcast host, Nick Averwater, facilitates engaging conversations each week with band directors, private music teachers, general music educators, orchestra directors, and other music industry professionals just like you. Each podcast guest shares practical advice on things like classroom management in your band program, placing beginners on instruments, band and orchestra recruitment strategies, band boosters, fundraising, and more.

The goal of After Hours is to provide a podcast for band directors, orchestra directors, and music educators with strategies for both "on-podium" and “off-podium” skills that can help create a school music program that you can be proud of. If you can't find what you're looking for in our current episodes, we'd love to hear from you! Send us an email with questions or topics you'd like to see addressed in the podcast. 

Did you know we were recently featured in the Top 25 Music Education Podcasts by Feedspot? Check out the article here.

 

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Great Advice for Beginning Oboists, and For Educators with Oboists in Their Program

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This week Nick Averwater talks with Dr. Kristin Leitterman, Assistant Professor of Oboe at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. They'll be talking about ways to allow a young oboist to get the most out of their instrument, advice for music educators who may have oboists in their program, and of course, the importance of always playing with quality reeds. Dr. Leitterman mentions an oboe fingering chart, which you can find below in our resources section. Our conversation was recorded January 3, 2022.

 

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Dr. Kristin Leitterman

​Dr. Kristin Leitterman defies modern convention as a solo artist of oboe and voice, bringing exciting and unusual programs to audiences.  She makes it her responsibility to commission works for oboe/voice, with works by Michael-Thomas Foumai, Whitney George, and Lyle Davidson.  She has participated in numerous summer festivals and competitions including Bowdoin International Music FestivalNew Music on the PointEastern Music FestivalHot Springs Music Festival, and the Banff Center for the Arts.  She was also a semi-finalist in the Concert Artist Guild’s annual competition in New York City.

In addition to performing, Dr. Leitterman is dedicated to bringing music to the younger generations.  She is currently the Assistant Professor of Oboe at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR.  In addition to teaching oboe, her duties also include Double Reed Techniques, Fundamentals of Music, and coaching small chamber ensembles. 

Dr. Leitterman is the Director of the Lucarelli Oboe Master Class, a week-long immersive oboe master class founded by Bert Lucarelli in 1996.  She has also presented master classes at Manhattan School of Music, the Hartt School, and Southeast Missouri State University.  Additionally she has presented lecture recitals at The Juilliard School, the CUNY Graduate Center, and the Brazilian Double Reed Society's annual conference in João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil. 

She holds degrees from the City University of New York’s Graduate CenterThe Hartt SchoolNew England Conservatory, and the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance.  Her teachers include Humbert Lucarelli, Mark McEwen, Barbara Bishop, and Amy Burton.

Promotional Photos by Aleksandr Karjaka. Biography credit: kristinleitterman.com

 

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Posted by Amro Music at Saturday, January 15, 2022
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Creative Ways To Build Community Support For A Band Program

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This week Nick Averwater continues his conversation with John Easley, who has been an Educational Representative for Amro Music for the last five years, but was a band director in several school districts in northwest Tennessee, including over three decades in Union City, a town of around 11,000 people.  They'll be talking about creative ways of building support for a band program in a small, rural community, the challenges that face young band directors, and more. Our conversation was recorded September 24, 2021 and is broken up in to two episodes. This is part two.

 

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John Easley

A 1983 graduate of The University of Tennessee at Martin, John D. Easley retired in 2016 after 34 years as a public school band director in the state of Tennessee. His longest tenure was with the Union City School System as Director of Bands for 31 yrs., where the band program boasted membership of approximately thirty eight percent of the student population.

Under Mr. Easley’s direction, the band program flourished, affording his students much success, both individually and collectively. A nationally recognized program, the Union City High School Marching Band is a five time Tennessee Division II State Champion, as well as the winner of ten Bands of America Regional and Super Regional Class Championships, and an eight time finalist at the prestigious Contest of Champions at Middle Tn. State University. They have been accepted and marched in The Tournament of Roses Parade, The Sunkist Fiesta Bowl Parade, Disney Days Celebration, and most recently, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City. In 2005 and 2009, the UCHS Symphonic Band performed a full concert on the deck of the USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

In addition to his work with his own bands, John is consistently sought out as a consultant, clinician, workshop presenter, and adjudicator throughout the Southeast. One of the highlights of his career includes his time as a staff member with the United States Army All-American Band in San Antonio, Texas.

Mr. Easley’s professional affiliations include Phi Beta Mu professional band director fraternity (past president); WTSBOA (past president); Tennessee Music Educators Association (past board member); American School Band Director Association, and Tennessee Bandmasters Association.

John is married to Delana Easley, former UTM Faculty Collaborative Pianist. They have been blessed with a wonderful family, all of whom are involved in music and the performing arts: Benjamin and Sarah Easley, Benjamin is Director of Bands at Nolensville High School, daughters Ella and Harper; Rebecca and Chris Lowry, Rebecca is Director of Bands at Mill Creek Middle School and Chris is Associate Director of Bands at Rockvale High Schooll, son James; and Andrew Easley. Mr. Easley is currently the Middle Tennessee Educational Consultant for Amro Music and he and Delana reside in Smyrna, Tn.

 

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Posted by Amro Music at Friday, January 7, 2022
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Want to Grow your Band Program? Having Fun (and Patience) Will Help

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This week Nick Averwater talks with John Easley, who is now an Educational Representative for Amro Music, but for over three decades was a band director in several school districts in northwest Tennessee. Most of his time as a music educator was spent in Union City, a town of around 11,000 people. They'll be talking about John's early days as a band director, the value of having patience when growing a band program, and more. Our conversation was recorded September 24, 2021 and is broken up in to two episodes. This is part one.

 

Podcast Guest

John Easley

A 1983 graduate of The University of Tennessee at Martin, John D. Easley retired in 2016 after 34 years as a public school band director in the state of Tennessee. His longest tenure was with the Union City School System as Director of Bands for 31 yrs., where the band program boasted membership of approximately thirty eight percent of the student population.

Under Mr. Easley’s direction, the band program flourished, affording his students much success, both individually and collectively. A nationally recognized program, the Union City High School Marching Band is a five time Tennessee Division II State Champion, as well as the winner of ten Bands of America Regional and Super Regional Class Championships, and an eight time finalist at the prestigious Contest of Champions at Middle Tn. State University. They have been accepted and marched in The Tournament of Roses Parade, The Sunkist Fiesta Bowl Parade, Disney Days Celebration, and most recently, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City. In 2005 and 2009, the UCHS Symphonic Band performed a full concert on the deck of the USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

In addition to his work with his own bands, John is consistently sought out as a consultant, clinician, workshop presenter, and adjudicator throughout the Southeast. One of the highlights of his career includes his time as a staff member with the United States Army All-American Band in San Antonio, Texas.

Mr. Easley’s professional affiliations include Phi Beta Mu professional band director fraternity (past president); WTSBOA (past president); Tennessee Music Educators Association (past board member); American School Band Director Association, and Tennessee Bandmasters Association.

John is married to Delana Easley, former UTM Faculty Collaborative Pianist. They have been blessed with a wonderful family, all of whom are involved in music and the performing arts: Benjamin and Sarah Easley, Benjamin is Director of Bands at Nolensville High School, daughters Ella and Harper; Rebecca and Chris Lowry, Rebecca is Director of Bands at Mill Creek Middle School and Chris is Associate Director of Bands at Rockvale High Schooll, son James; and Andrew Easley. Mr. Easley is currently the Middle Tennessee Educational Consultant for Amro Music and he and Delana reside in Smyrna, Tn.

 

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Posted by Amro Music at Friday, December 31, 2021
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NAMM's Work at the National Level Strengthens Music Programs at the Local Level

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This week Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Joe Lamond, President and CEO of NAMM, The National Association of Music Merchants. They'll be talking about the technological advances that have happened as a result of the pandemic, the work NAMM does at the national level to strengthen music programs at the local level, and more. The conversation was recorded November 15, 2021 and is broken up in to two episodes. This is part two.

 

Podcast Guest

Joe Lamond

Joe Lamond is the president and CEO of NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants, a global not-for-profit 501(c)(6) trade association representing more than 10,000 manufacturers and retailers of musical instruments, professional sound, and live event production products. The association’s mission is to strengthen the music products industry and promote the pleasures and benefits of making music. 

Since 2001, Lamond has led the talented team at NAMM to achieve this mission through what the association calls its “Circle of Benefits” business model, reinvesting the proceeds of its successful trade shows into grants, scholarships, scientific research, industry promotions, and public and government relations programs. These efforts have contributed to increased support for music education in our schools and greater awareness around the world of the benefits of active music making for people of all ages.

Bio and photo credits: namm.org

 

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Posted by Amro Music at Friday, December 24, 2021
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The Role of the Music Products Industry in Advocating for Music Education

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This week Nick Averwater talks with Joe Lamond, President and CEO of NAMM.  They'll be talking about the history of the organization, how the approach of the music education system in the United States differs from other countries, and how the music products industry plays an important role in advocating for music education. The conversation was recorded November 15, 2021 and is broken up in to two episodes. This is part one.

 

Podcast Guest

Joe Lamond

Joe Lamond is the president and CEO of NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants, a global not-for-profit 501(c)(6) trade association representing more than 10,000 manufacturers and retailers of musical instruments, professional sound, and live event production products. The association’s mission is to strengthen the music products industry and promote the pleasures and benefits of making music. 

Since 2001, Lamond has led the talented team at NAMM to achieve this mission through what the association calls its “Circle of Benefits” business model, reinvesting the proceeds of its successful trade shows into grants, scholarships, scientific research, industry promotions, and public and government relations programs. These efforts have contributed to increased support for music education in our schools and greater awareness around the world of the benefits of active music making for people of all ages.

Bio and photo credits: namm.org

 

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Posted by Amro Music at Friday, December 17, 2021
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Defining Success for Young Musicians

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This week Nick Averwater continues his conversation with John Mlynczak, Vice President of Music Education and Technology at Hal Leonard. In this episode they'll be talking about advocating for music education, defining success for young musicians, and more. The conversation was recorded November 23, 2021 and is broken up in to two episodes. This is part two.

 

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John T. Mlynczak

John Mlynczak has an extensive range of experiences in music education and technology and is a frequent national clinician.  John is the Vice President of Music Education & Technology at Hal Leonard, where he oversees Noteflight, Essential Elements Interactive, Essential Elements Music Class, and collaborates on all music education technology related initiatives for Hal Leonard.  Previously,  he was Managing Director of Noteflight and he is the immidiate Past-President of the Technology Institute of Music Educators (TI:ME).

Mr. Mlynczak teaches online graduate courses at VanderCook College and Boston University, plus serves as Advocacy Chair of the Massachusetts Music Educator's Association, on the NAMM SupportMusic Coalition, and the NAfME Advocacy Leadership Force. He is a Google Level 2 Certified Educator and a frequent clinician on education technology and music advocacy, and provides professional development to schools and districts across the country. 

​Before his career at Hal Leonard, John served as Director of Education for PreSonus Audio, where he developed curriculum, products, and marketing strategies for music education technology.  This work is all available on musiced.presonus.com.

As an educator Mr. Mlynczak taught general music, band, choir, marching band, and music technology.  He started the first music technology course in Louisiana  and wrote the state curriculum for an official approved course. From 2011- 2013 John served as Chairman of the Creative Arts Assessment Committee in Louisiana and provided model assessment for the creative arts. 

 As a performer John currently plays first trumpet in the MetWinds in Boston and has enjoyed a long career of performing in symphony orchestras, pit orchestras, and top 40 bands. 

John Mlynczak earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and Masters degrees in both Music Performance and Education Leadership from Louisiana State University. 

Bio and photo credits:  johnmlynczak.net

 

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Posted by Amro Music at Friday, December 10, 2021
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Lessons Learned During Covid Create Many Opportunities for Teachers and Students

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This week Nick Averwater talks with John Mlynczak, Vice President of Music Education and Technology at Hal Leonard
They'll be talking about how John's years as a middle school music teacher have influenced the work he does today, and how the lessons learned in the last 18 months have created some great opportunities for music educators.


The conversation was recorded November 23, 2021 and is broken up in to two episodes. This is part one.

 

Podcast Guest

John T. Mlynczak

John Mlynczak has an extensive range of experiences in music education and technology and is a frequent national clinician.  John is the Vice President of Music Education & Technology at Hal Leonard, where he oversees Noteflight, Essential Elements Interactive, Essential Elements Music Class, and collaborates on all music education technology related initiatives for Hal Leonard.  Previously,  he was Managing Director of Noteflight and he is the immidiate Past-President of the Technology Institute of Music Educators (TI:ME).

Mr. Mlynczak teaches online graduate courses at VanderCook College and Boston University, plus serves as Advocacy Chair of the Massachusetts Music Educator's Association, on the NAMM SupportMusic Coalition, and the NAfME Advocacy Leadership Force. He is a Google Level 2 Certified Educator and a frequent clinician on education technology and music advocacy, and provides professional development to schools and districts across the country. 

​Before his career at Hal Leonard, John served as Director of Education for PreSonus Audio, where he developed curriculum, products, and marketing strategies for music education technology.  This work is all available on musiced.presonus.com.

As an educator Mr. Mlynczak taught general music, band, choir, marching band, and music technology.  He started the first music technology course in Louisiana  and wrote the state curriculum for an official approved course. From 2011- 2013 John served as Chairman of the Creative Arts Assessment Committee in Louisiana and provided model assessment for the creative arts. 

 As a performer John currently plays first trumpet in the MetWinds in Boston and has enjoyed a long career of performing in symphony orchestras, pit orchestras, and top 40 bands. 

John Mlynczak earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and Masters degrees in both Music Performance and Education Leadership from Louisiana State University. 

Bio and photo credits:  johnmlynczak.net

 

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Posted by Amro Music at Saturday, December 4, 2021
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Making the Most Of A Band With Just A Few Musicians

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In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater talks with Dr. Charles Page, Band Director at Valley View High School in northeastern Arkansas. Prior to his current position he was Band Director in the Buffalo Island School District, which is a much smaller district in the same part of the state. 
In this conversation, Dr. Page talks about the musical challenges associated with directing a small band with just a few musicians, and how that can lead to some creative solutions and outstanding musical experiences for the students. Our conversation was recorded in late summer 2021, just before the new school year began.

 

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Dr. Charles Page

Charles Page is a native of West Monroe, LA. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, his Master of Music degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kansas. Prior to his employment at Valley View, Dr. Page was the Director of Instrumental Music for the Buffalo Island Central school district in Monette, AR. During his tenure at BIC, the program saw a vast increase in size, student placements in various honor bands, a high percentage of students achieving 1st and 2nd division awards at their annual Solo & Ensemble Festival, 1st division Concert Assessment awards in both Sight Reading and Prepared Music, and more.

Dr. Page, whose principal instrument is the tuba, is an active performer and adjudicator in the Mid-South and beyond. He is on staff annually for the Midwestern Music Camp in Lawrence, KS and the Dixie Band Camp in Conway, AR. He is the founder and artistic director of Jonesboro’s own Diamond Brass Band. He is the principal tubist for the Delta Symphony Orchestra. He has performed all over the state with Arkansas’ premier performing ensemble; the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. He is a former member of Little Rock’s Natural State Brass Band and Kansas City’s international award-winning Fountain City Brass Band (FCBB). In addition to competing and performing all over the country, Dr. Page traveled with the FCBB twice to the United Kingdom to tour, compete, and record albums. His playing can be heard on Fountain City’s Blue Christmas, Celebrations, and Over the Rainbow albums, on the University of Kansas’ American Landscapes and Derivations albums, on Scott Watson’s solo tuba album titled Thoughts of a Cow, and on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Voices with Brass album.

Dr. Page lives in Jonesboro, AR with his wife, Sarah, and their two dogs, Sadie and Rosie.

Bio credits:  valleyviewschools.net

 

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Posted by Amro Music at Saturday, November 27, 2021
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The Role of Music in Social Emotional Learning

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This week Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Bob Morrison, CEO and Founder of Quadrant Research, the nation's leading arts education research and market intelligence organization. Bob is also a member of his regional school board in New Jersey. In this episode they'll be talking about the role of music and the arts in social emotional learning. Bob will also share his thoughts about lessons that have been learned during the pandemic, and how to apply those lessons as the virus continues to be a presence in our schools. Our conversation is broken up in to two episodes, and this is part two.

 

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Bob Morrison

Mr. Morrison is the founder and CEO of Quadrant Research, the nation’s leading arts education research and market intelligence organization. Mr. Morrison’s leadership in research and public policy has led to significant advancements in access to music and arts education programs across the nation. Mr. Morrison and Quadrant Research are recognized as the pioneers of state arts education data reporting having spent more time with state arts education data sets than any other research teams.

Mr. Morrison was the managing partner for the groundbreaking New Jersey Arts Education Census Project (2007), completing the first statewide census for arts education in every school building now hailed as a model for statewide arts education research. Mr. Morrison has completed similar research projects for the states of Arizona (2009), California (2004), Michigan (2011), Minnesota (2012), New Hampshire (2011), Ohio (2013), Oklahoma (2009) and Wisconsin (2008). In May of 2012 the first follow-up longitudinal study was completed for the state of New Jersey.

Mr. Morrison’s work includes proprietary research, interactive data visualizations and market analytics for major corporations including Crayola, MakeMusic, Yamaha Corporation and Wenger. Mr. Morrison was one of the first Tableau Certified Analysts by Tableau Software. He created the first state level report based on State Longitudinal Data for Ohio. He served as the Data Task Force Co-chair for the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education.

Prior to founding Quadrant Arts Education Research Mr. Morrison was the founder of Music for All, helped develop and then served as the CEO of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, helped create the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation and served as a senior executive for the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). Mr. Morrison’s national work in arts education has earned him both an EMMY and a Peabody Award, an honorary doctorate degree from the State University of New York.

Bio and photo credits:  music.msstate.edu

 

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Posted by Amro Music at Friday, November 19, 2021
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The State of Arts Education, State by State

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This week Nick Averwater talks with Bob Morrison, CEO and Founder of Quadrant Research, the nation's leading arts education research and market intelligence organization. In this episode they'll be talking about the Arts Education Data Project, which provides a data-driven approach to understanding the condition of arts education in the United States. You can learn more about it at artseddata.org. Our conversation is broken up in to two episodes, and this is part one

 

Podcast Guests

Bob Morrison

Mr. Morrison is the founder and CEO of Quadrant Research, the nation’s leading arts education research and market intelligence organization. Mr. Morrison’s leadership in research and public policy has led to significant advancements in access to music and arts education programs across the nation. Mr. Morrison and Quadrant Research are recognized as the pioneers of state arts education data reporting having spent more time with state arts education data sets than any other research teams.

Mr. Morrison was the managing partner for the groundbreaking New Jersey Arts Education Census Project (2007), completing the first statewide census for arts education in every school building now hailed as a model for statewide arts education research. Mr. Morrison has completed similar research projects for the states of Arizona (2009), California (2004), Michigan (2011), Minnesota (2012), New Hampshire (2011), Ohio (2013), Oklahoma (2009) and Wisconsin (2008). In May of 2012 the first follow-up longitudinal study was completed for the state of New Jersey.

Mr. Morrison’s work includes proprietary research, interactive data visualizations and market analytics for major corporations including Crayola, MakeMusic, Yamaha Corporation and Wenger. Mr. Morrison was one of the first Tableau Certified Analysts by Tableau Software. He created the first state level report based on State Longitudinal Data for Ohio. He served as the Data Task Force Co-chair for the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education.

Prior to founding Quadrant Arts Education Research Mr. Morrison was the founder of Music for All, helped develop and then served as the CEO of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, helped create the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation and served as a senior executive for the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). Mr. Morrison’s national work in arts education has earned him both an EMMY and a Peabody Award, an honorary doctorate degree from the State University of New York.

Bio and photo credits:  music.msstate.edu

 

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Posted by Amro Music at Friday, November 12, 2021
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NAMM's Best Communities for Music Education Survey now accepting applications

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In this episode, Nick Averwater talks with Sharon Bryant, Senior Project Manager for NAMM. They'll be talking about NAMM's Best Communities for Music Education Survey, which celebrates the best music education programs in the country. Applications are being accepted through the end of January 2022, and you can learn more about it at nammfoundation.org/bcme.

 

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Sharon Bryant's email & phone | Namm's Senior Project Manager, Public  Affairs emailSharon Bryant

Sharon Bryant is a Senior Project Manager for NAMM, the National Association for Music Merchants since 1997 and The NAMM Foundation since 2006.   Sharon has worked on several of the Foundation’s signature programs-The Best Communities for Music Education, President’s Innovation Award, Music Making Grants- to achieve The NAMM Foundation’s mission to advance music making opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. 

Bio credits:  smartwomeninmusic.org | Photo credits:  rocketreach.co

 

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Posted by Amro Music at Friday, November 5, 2021
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Defining Expectations for Student Leaders at Mississippi State University

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In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater continues his conversation about student leadership with Dr. Craig Aarhus, Associate Director of Bands at Mississippi State University in Starkville. This conversation was recorded September 28th, 2021, and is broken up in to two episodes, and this is part two.

 

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Dr. Craig Aarhus

Dr. Craig Aarhus is Associate Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Mississippi State University. At MSU, he co-directs the Famous Maroon Band and basketball pep bands, conducts Wind Ensemble "B," the Concert Band, and Campus Band, and teaches Conducting and Brass Techniques in the Department of Music. He also curently serves as the area coordinator for Music Education in the department. As a member of the band faculty, Dr. Aarhus has been part of a team that has helped lead the band program to unprecedented growth, making it currently one of the largest bands in the Southeast. 

A native of Alabama, Dr. Aarhus received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Auburn University and his Master of Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Conducting from The University of Iowa.  While at Iowa, he was the recipient of the prestigious Iowa Performance Fellowship and was a conducting student of Dr. Myron Welch.  He also served as a graduate conductor for all of the concert bands, arranged music and wrote drill for the Hawkeye Marching Band, and was co-director of the Iowa Pep Band.  During this time, he was also the director of the Southeast Iowa Concert Band at Iowa Wesleyan College for one year. Prior to his appointment at MSU, Dr. Aarhus was a successful high school and middle band director in the public schools of Lanett, Tallassee, and Mobile, Alabama. 

Dr. Aarhus is a member of several professional organizations including the College Band Directors National Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha, Tau Beta Sigma and the Mississippi Bandmasters Association. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the National Band Association and recently completed a ten year tenure as a Governor for the Southeast District of Kappa Kappa Psi.  He is also the Past-President of the Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. Dr. Aarhus has been an adjudicator and clinician throughout the Southeast, Midwest, and in Canada, and is a contributing author to five volumes of the popular Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series.

The Southeast District of Kappa Kappa Psi recently named their "Outstanding Director/Sponsor" Award after Dr. Aarhus. Other recent honors and awards include the A. Frank Martin Award from Kappa Kappa Psi for excellence in fraternity service (2017), the Clyde Muse Service Award from the MSU College of Education (2015) and the selection to the George Duke Humphrey Faculty Leadership Program (2015). In 2010 and 2011, he was a recipient of the “StatePride” Award for excellence in teaching, research, and service. He was a clinician/instructor at the Smith-Walbridge Drum Major Clinics for 17 years, and in that capacity had the opportunity to teach hundreds of high school and college drum majors from across the country. He and his family reside in Starkville and are members of First Presbyterian Church, where he has served as Music Director since 2007.

Bio and photo credits:  music.msstate.edu

 

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The System by Gary Smith

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