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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: Women Band Directors

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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Successfully Supporting and Engaging Students With Exceptionalities in Band and Orchestra

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode Nick Averwater talks with Emily Kelley,  Director of Bands at Southview High School in Sylvania, OH , and author of the new book  Inclusion in Band and Orchestra , which is part of the Maximizing Student Performance series by the Kjos Music Company. Our conversation was recorded July 20, 2022.   Podcast Guest Emily Kelley Emily Kelley  is the Director of Bands at Sylvania Southview High School in Sylvania, Ohio.... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Monday, July 25, 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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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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Keeping Students Interested In Music Throughout All of Their School Years, and Beyond

Podcast Episode Summary This week Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Alexis Yatuzis-Derryberry, General Music Teacher at  Stewarts Creek High School  in Smyrna, Tennessee. Before moving to Stewarts Creek in 2021, Alexis spent nearly 20 years teaching general music and choir at the elementary and middle school levels. She is also President of the  TMEA, The Tennessee Music Education Association , and an adjunct Music Education Instructor at  Middle Tennessee... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Friday, March 11, 2022
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Why General Music Education Is So Important For Students Of All Ages

Podcast Episode Summary This week Nick Averwater talks with  Alexis Yatuzis-Derryberry , General Music Teacher at  Stewarts Creek High School  in Smyrna, Tennessee. Before moving to Stewarts Creek in 2021, Alexis spent nearly 20 years teaching general music and choir at the elementary and middle school levels. She is also President of the  Tennessee Music Education Association , and an adjunct Music Education Instructor at  Middle Tennessee State University .... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Friday, March 4, 2022
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Hosting a Fall Beginner Concert

Podcast Episode Summary This week Nick Averwater talks about  Hosting a Fall Beginner Band Concert  with Jocelyn Hembruch and Tyler Hart, both from  Desoto Central Middle School  in Southaven, MS, and  Trey Reely , who retired in 2019 after 23 years as middle school and high school Band Director in  Paragould, AR , and 11 years at  Riverview High School  in Searcy, AR.  This Conversation was recorded October 12, 2021.   Podcast Guests... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Thursday, October 14, 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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Young Director's Bootcamp: Part Two

Podcast Episode Summary On August 7, 2021 Amro Music hosted its first-ever Young Directors Bootcamp. It was a chance for new educators to get practical advice from a panel of four highly successful band directors in the Mid-South region. The goal for the Young Director's Bootcamp was to help everyone feel more confident and equipped for the first week of school, and beyond. On our last episode of After Hours, we heard the first half of the bootcamp, and in this episode we'll hear the... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, August 20, 2021
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Young Director's Bootcamp: Part One

Podcast Episode Summary On August 7, 2021 Amro Music hosted its first-ever Young Directors Bootcamp. It was a chance for new educators to get practical advice from a panel of four highly successful band directors in the Mid-South region. The goal for the Young Director's Bootcamp was to help everyone feel more confident and equipped for the first week of school, and beyond. Here are some of the highlights from our conversation. what should you cover during the first week of band... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Saturday, August 14, 2021
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The Art of the First Week

Episode Summary In this episode we kick off Season 3 of the After Hours podcast as Nick Averwater and his three guests talk about  The Art of the First Week . Joining Nick will be Lindsey Mears from  Smyrna Middle School  in Smyrna, TN, Brittany Jerrell from  Stewarts Creek Middle School , which is also in Smyrna, and Jennifer Church from  Greenbrier High School  in Greenbrier, Arkansas.   Panelists Lindsey Mears, Smyrna Middle School Lindsey... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, August 6, 2021
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