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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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Category: Band Directors

Advising And Encouraging Students Who Want To Pursue A Career In Music Education

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode, Nick Averwater talks with  Dr. Matt Rowan , Director of Bands for the  Pearl School District  in Pearl, Mississippi, a city of around 27,000 just east of Jackson. In this conversation, Dr. Rowan talks about how he knew early that he wanted to pursue a career in music education, in large part because of the many educators along the way who encouraged him. We'll also learn about ways he now serves as a mentor for leaders in his... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Saturday, April 23, 2022
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Developing a Positive Relationship With Your Local School Board

Podcast Episode Summary This week Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Todd Shipley, Director of Arts Education for the  Tennessee Department of Education . In this episode, they'll discuss the importance developing a positive relationship with your local school board, proactive  vs. reactive advocacy, and more. Our conversation was recorded February 14, 2022, and is broken up in to two episodes, and this is part two.   Podcast Guest Todd Shipley... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Saturday, April 16, 2022
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Advocating For Arts Education In A State of Nearly 7 Million People

Podcast Episode Summary This week Nick Averwater talks with Todd Shipley, Director of Arts Education for the  Tennessee Department of Education . Todd had eight years of experience as a school band director before moving into his current role with the state in 2018. In this episode, we'll learn more about what it means to be the leading advocate for arts education in a state of nearly seven million people, and we'll learn about some practical ideas for advocacy at the local... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Saturday, April 9, 2022
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Student Leadership And Clear Expectations Are Keys To A Band Program's Success

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater talks with Justin Harvison, Director of Bands at  Germantown High School  in Madison, Mississippi. Justin began his career in 2008 at Madison Central High School, where he was lead director of the 9th grade band at  Rosa Scott 9th grade school . He then went on to become the founding director of the Germantown High School band program in 2011. In this conversation, Justin talks... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Friday, March 25, 2022
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How Supply Chain Issues Affect Musical Instrument Manufacturers

Podcast Episode Summary This week Nick Averwater talks with Shane Deuel, Regional Sales Director for  Eastman Music Company , and host of the podcast  Ed Rep Radio .  Shane gives us an insider's view of how supply chain issues are affecting instrument manufacturers. We'll also learn about the different brands in the Eastman family, and find out about some of the company's more popular instruments. Our conversation was recorded February 7, 2022.   Podcast... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Friday, February 25, 2022
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Directing The Band Program At One Of Mississippi's Largest High Schools

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater talks with Chuck Reynolds, Director of Bands at  Madison Central High School  in Madison, MS, a city of around 25,000 located just north of Jackson. Chuck talks about working in a program with seven band directors in what was once the largest high school in the state, and we'll learn more about the process that takes place when it's time to add a new member to the team of music... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Friday, February 18, 2022
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Back To The Classroom After Two Years As A Fine Arts Administrator

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode, Nick Averwater continues his conversation with David Aydelott, Band Director at  Siegel High School  in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, a city of around 150,000 people which is also the home of  Middle Tennessee State University . From 1992 to 2019, David was Director of Bands at four different schools in Tennessee. Then in 2019 he began serving in an administrative role as Director of Fine Arts for  Williamson County Schools , a district... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Thursday, February 10, 2022
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The Importance of Collaboration Between Different Artistic Disciplines Within A School

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater talks with David Aydelott, Director of Bands at  Siegel High School  in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the sixth largest city in the state with a population of just over 150,000, located 35 miles southeast of Nashville. David talks about the lessons he learned as a school administrator that have made him a more effective band director, the importance of collaboration between different... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Saturday, January 29, 2022
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The Gibson County Mass Band's Journey to the 2022 Tournament of Roses Parade

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode, Nick Averwater talks with Jeremy Tate from  Gibson County High School  in Dyer, Tennessee. We'll learn about the long journey to performing in the 2022  Tournament of Roses Parade  for the Gibson County Mass Band, which is made up of musicians from five high schools in this rural part of northwest Tennessee.  You can see the band performing at the Tournament of Roses Parade here.   Podcast Guest Jeremy Tate... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, January 21, 2022
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Creative Ways To Build Community Support For A Band Program

Podcast Episode Summary 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... Read More
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

Podcast Episode Summary 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... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, December 31, 2021
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Defining Success for Young Musicians

Podcast Episode Summary 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.   Podcast Guest John T. Mlynczak John Mlynczak has an... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, December 10, 2021
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