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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: Professional Development

Amro Music's 2022 Young Director's Bootcamp, Part 1

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode we'll listen to the first half of a panel discussion from Amro Music's Young Director's Bootcamp, which is a chance for band directors who are just starting out to hear from educators who are a few years into their careers. Nick Averwater was moderator of the discussion, which was recorded August 6, 2022.   Podcast Guests Emma Lang Trenton Rosenwald Middle School... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Friday, August 12, 2022
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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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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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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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If you enjoy the content provided through "After Hours", you can support the podcast by purchasing your classroom supplies, books and accessories from Amro Music.  We're the greater Memphis area's first choice when it comes to music education materials.  Band directors and orchestra instructors know we carry the brands and products they trust to teach the next generation everything they need to know to appreciate music. To place an order or receive a quote, please call or text our Director Services office at 901-302-3315 or email them here.