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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: Collegiate Music Education

Starting The Year On Your Left Foot

Podcast Episode Summary This week Joel Hurd, one of the producers on the podcast, talks with composer and educator Brady Massey, who spent more than 20 years as a band director in three different school districts in Arkansas ( Hoxie ,  Trumann , and  Pocahontas ), and is currently Director of Bands at  Williams Baptist University  in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. Joel talked with Brady just after he had given a talk at Amro University, which is a 2-day event in Memphis for... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Saturday, July 16, 2022
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Increasing Retention In Your Music Program

Podcast Episode Summary This week Joel Hurd, one of co-producers of the podcast, talks with  Dr. Jennifer Hawkinson , Associate Professor of Music Education at the  University of Central Arkansas . Before joining UCA, Dr. Hawkinson spent 18 years in South Dakota as a music educator in several school districts, including one of the largest schools in the state,  Sioux Falls Washington High School . She joined us at Amro Music as part of Amro University, a two-day gathering of... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Friday, June 10, 2022
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Practical Ideas For Recruiting New Students For Your Band Program

Podcast Episode Summary This week Nick Averwater talks with Randy Dale, Assistant Professor of Music, Associate Director of Bands, and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Mississippi, to get some ideas about recruiting new students for your band program. Our conversation was recorded April 8, 2022 in downtown Memphis, where Randy was giving a presentation for Amro University.   Podcast Guest Randy Dale Randy Dale  is Assistant Professor of Music, Associate... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Sunday, May 8, 2022
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Language Barriers Are No Match For The Joy Of Teaching And Learning Music

Podcast Episode Summary This week Nick Averwater talks with  Dr. Angela Ammerman , author of the new book,  The Music Teacher's Guide to Engaging English Language Learners , which is published by G-I-A Publications. Since 2006, Dr. Ammerman has been a music educator for students of all ages...from Kindergarten to the University level. She has earned music education degrees from The University of Cincinatti, Boston University, and George Mason University, and is currently... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Saturday, April 2, 2022
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Great Advice for Beginning Oboists, and For Educators with Oboists in Their Program

Podcast Episode Summary 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 ... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Saturday, January 15, 2022
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Defining Expectations for Student Leaders at Mississippi State University

Podcast Episode Summary 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.   Podcast Guests Dr. Craig Aarhus Dr. Craig Aarhus is Associate Director of Bands and Associate... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, October 29, 2021
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At Mississippi State University, Student Leaders Are A Big Part Of The Band's Success

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater talks with  Dr. Craig Aarhus , Associate Director of Bands at  Mississippi State University . Identifying and empowering student leaders has been a big part of the band program's success, and we'll learn more about that, as well as find out more about some of Dr. Aarhus' early influences as a band director. Our conversation is broken up in to two episodes, and this is part one.... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, October 22, 2021
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Developing Student Leaders in a 400-Member Marching Band

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode, Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Elva Kaye Lance, The Director of Bands at Mississippi State University in Starkville. We'll learn more about developing student leaders in the 400-member marching band, how the pandemic has affected procedures within the band program and more. The conversation was recorded on May 24, 2021. It's broken up into two episodes, and this is part two.   Podcast Guest Elva Kaye Lance ... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Thursday, September 16, 2021
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One Chance To Make a First Impression: Starting The New School Year The Right Way

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode, Nick Averwater talks with  Elva Kaye Lance , The Director of Bands at  Mississippi State University  in Starkville. This is Ms. Lance's 30th year at Mississippi State and her 19th year as Director of Bands. Under her leadership, the bands have expanded to include four concert bands, a jazz band, two basketball pep bands, and a marching band. In this episode, Elva Kaye talks about her early years as a band director, the educators,... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, September 10, 2021
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Practical Advice for New Band Directors

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater talks with  Dr. Sarah Labovitz , the Associate Director of Bands and Coordinator of Music Education at  Arkansas State University  in Jonesboro. In this first of two episodes with Dr. Labovitz, she talks about the advice she gives to new band directors, ways to avoid burnout, and how to embrace all of the necessary tasks involved with being a music educator that may not feel very... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, June 25, 2021
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Making the Band Room a Safe and Welcoming Place for All Students

Podcast Episode Summary Nick Averwater continues his conversation with  Dr. Albert Nguyen, Director of Bands at the University of Memphis . In this episode Dr. Nguyen talks about making the band room a welcoming, safe place for all students. He also looks back at some things he might have done differently in his early days as a band director.   Podcast guest Dr. Albert Nguyen Albert Nguyen, Director of Bands, conducts the U of M Wind Ensemble, directs the graduate... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, June 11, 2021
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