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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

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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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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Setting Up a Grading and Assessment Structure for Band Students

Podcast Episode Summary Nick Averwater continues his conversation with  Dr. Sarah Labovitz , the Associate Director of Bands & Coordinator of Music Education at  Arkansas State University . In this episode Dr. Labovitz shares some ideas about setting up a grading and assessment structure for band students. This is the second of two episodes with Dr. Labovitz.   Podcast guest Dr. Sarah Labovitz Sarah Labovitz is currently the Assistant Chairman, Associate... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, July 2, 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 Connection between Brain Development and Music Learning

Podcast Episode Summary Neuroscience and psychology researchers have done extensive studies over the last 20 years to understand how the brain processes music and why music learning seems to be such a cognitively unique activity. Musically trained children have better language and communication skills, can focus for longer and are more likely to stick with difficult problems until they solve them, they are able to control their own emotional responses and understand emotional responses of... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, June 18, 2021
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Guiding Your Band Program Through a Difficult Time

Episode Summary In this episode, Nick Averwater talks with Kim Webb, Director of Bands at  Greene County Tech High School  in Paragould, Arkansas. The band program in the school district has 450 students participating in seven different bands. We've broken up our conversation with Kim into two episodes, and in this second one. what strategies did kim use to navigate a crisis that took place in her band program? When Kim first became Director of Bands at Greene Co Tech,... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, May 28, 2021
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How to Find Work-Life Balance as a Busy Band Director and New Mom

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode, Nick Averwater talks with Kim Webb, Director of Bands at  Greene County Tech High School  in Paragould, Arkansas. The band program in the school district has 450 students participating in seven different bands. We've broken up our conversation with Kim into two episodes, and in this first one, she talks about how she became interested in pursuing music education as a career, and how she attempts to strike a healthy balance between family... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, May 21, 2021
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