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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

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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