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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: advocacy

Developing a Positive Relationship With Your Local School Board

Podcast Episode Summary This week Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Todd Shipley, Director of Arts Education for the  Tennessee Department of Education . In this episode, they'll discuss the importance developing a positive relationship with your local school board, proactive  vs. reactive advocacy, and more. Our conversation was recorded February 14, 2022, and is broken up in to two episodes, and this is part two.   Podcast Guest Todd Shipley... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Saturday, April 16, 2022
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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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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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Defining Success for Young Musicians

Podcast Episode Summary This week Nick Averwater continues his conversation with  John Mlynczak , Vice President of Music Education and Technology at  Hal Leonard . In this episode they'll be talking about advocating for music education, defining success for young musicians, and more. The conversation was recorded November 23, 2021 and is broken up in to two episodes. This is part two.   Podcast Guest John T. Mlynczak John Mlynczak has an... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, December 10, 2021
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Lessons Learned During Covid Create Many Opportunities for Teachers and Students

Podcast Episode Summary This week Nick Averwater talks with  John Mlynczak , Vice President of Music Education and Technology at  Hal Leonard .  They'll be talking about how John's years as a middle school music teacher have influenced the work he does today, and how the lessons learned in the last 18 months have created some great opportunities for music educators. The conversation was recorded November 23, 2021 and is broken up in to two episodes. This is part... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Saturday, December 4, 2021
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The Role of Music in Social Emotional Learning

Podcast Episode Summary This week Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Bob Morrison, CEO and Founder of  Quadrant Research , the nation's leading arts education research and market intelligence organization. Bob is also a member of his regional school board in New Jersey. In this episode they'll be talking about the role of music and the arts in social emotional learning. Bob will also share his thoughts about lessons that have been learned during the pandemic, and how... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, November 19, 2021
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The State of Arts Education, State by State

Podcast Episode Summary This week Nick Averwater talks with  Bob Morrison , CEO and Founder of  Quadrant Research , the nation's leading arts education research and market intelligence organization. In this episode they'll be talking about the  Arts Education Data Project , which provides a data-driven approach to understanding the condition of arts education in the United States. You can learn more about it at  artseddata.org . Our conversation is broken up in to... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, November 12, 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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Building Relationships with your Principal, Superintendent, and School Board

Panelist Kris Perkins Kris Perkins is Principal at Lewisburg High School in Olive Branch, MS. He has been in DeSoto County Schools for the past 9 years and in education for 11 years. He graduated from Harding University with his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and received his Master's degree from Arkansas State University in Educational Leadership. He also currently serves in the Arkansas Army National Guard. Mr. Perkins has been married to his wife Jennica for... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Thursday, April 8, 2021
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Accessing COVID Relief Funds for Your School Music Program

Panelists Dave Gerhart Heather Mansell Marcia Neel   Dr. Dave Gerhart, Heather Mansell, and Marcia Neel serve as part of the music education team at Yamaha Corporation of America. As Assistant Marketing Manager, Education, and lecturer at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU, Long Beach, Dr. Gerhart is a nationally recognized performer, composer, and educator. He holds a D.M.A. in... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, March 26, 2021
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The State of Music Education and Deciding Where to Go from Here

Panelist Scott Lang For over a decade Scott Lang has been educating and entertaining audiences of all ages. As a nationally known leadership trainer, Scott conducts over 120 workshops annually and works with some of our country’s finest educational groups and performing ensembles. As a highly decorated veteran teacher of sixteen years Scott's bands have had many notable performances including the Pasadena Tournament of Rose Parade, the Music Educators National Biennial... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, December 11, 2020
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