After Hours: Conversations for Music Educators

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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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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 Download Letter Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Thursday, August 20, 2020

Middle School Classroom Procedures During COVID-19

Panelists Terri Green (Olive Branch Middle School, Mississippi) Emily Brown (South Gibson County, Tennessee) Andrew Lynn (Stewarts Creek Middle School, Tennessee) Brittany Jerrell (Stewarts Creek Middle School, Tennessee) 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... Read More
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 DOWNLOAD LETTER Read More
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 Francie Beard - Frederick Douglass High School , Orchestra Director David Stevens - Adamsville High School , Band Director Greg Bruner - Highland High School , Band Director 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... Read More
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... Read More
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 ... Read More
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... Read More
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 Orien Landis - American Fork High School (American Fork, Utah) Darin Graber - Bingham High School (South Jordan, Utah) Stephen Aylward - Miamisburg High School (Miamisburg, Ohio) Len Killough - Hernando High School (Hernando, Mississippi) Summary On Wednesday, July 15, 2020, we had a panel discussion featuring directors that have already hosted camps and summer activities. These... Read More
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,... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Tuesday, July 14, 2020

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