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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: Music Industry News

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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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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NAMM's Work at the National Level Strengthens Music Programs at the Local Level

Podcast Episode Summary 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. ... Read More
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

Podcast Episode Summary 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.   ... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, December 17, 2021
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Eastman Music Company: Still Growing, Still Innovating after 30 years

Podcast Episode Summary This week Nick Averwater talks with Ryan Richman, Vice President at  Eastman Music Company . They'll be talking about the history of the company as it approaches its 30th year, some of its latest products and innovations, and more. Eastman's brands include: Eastman Strings Eastman Winds Eastman Guitars Wm. S. Haynes Co. S.E. Shires Backun Musical Services Bourgeois Guitars   Podcast Guest Ryan... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, October 8, 2021
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Starting, And Growing, A Successful Publishing Company

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Randall Standridge, a former public school band director, and a very busy and widely-published composer, running his own production company,  Randall Standridge Music . This week, we'll learn more about the business, and creative, aspects of composing and publishing. We'll also get Randall's thoughts about the importance of inclusivity in the band... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, October 1, 2021
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Cannonball Musical Instruments Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

Podcast Episode Summary Nick Averwater checks in with Sheryl Laukat from  Cannonball Musical Instruments  at Summer NAMM in Nashville. Cannonball is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and we'll learn a bit about the company's history, and find out about some of the techniques they use that make their instruments unique.   Podcast guest Sheryl Laukat Sheryl Laukat is CEO and Cofounder of Cannonball ®  Musical Instruments. She and her... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, July 30, 2021
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ESSER Funds and Educational Resources from Yamaha

Podcast Episode Summary Nick Averwater checks in with Lisa Steele-MacDonald, Director of Vertical Marketing for Yamaha. Lisa will have the latest information about Esser Funds, and what is still available to music programs, and she'll also share some other resources available to band directors from Yamaha. You can find out more about Yamaha's offerings to band directors at  www.yamahaeducatorsuite.com . Podcast guest Lisa Steele-MacDonald Lisa is the Director of... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, July 23, 2021
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Hal Leonard's Virtual Music Education Summit

Podcast Episode Summary Nick Averwater checks in with David Jahnke from Hal Leonard to learn more about  Looking Forward To 2020-2021, Hal Leonard's Virtual Music Education Summit , which happened July 29-30, 2021. They talked on July 16th at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville. The 2021-2022 school year is about looking  FORWARD  to rebuilding our music programs and engaging students in class and at home. Hal Leonard's free virtual music education summit... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Monday, July 19, 2021
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