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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: Band

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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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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Directing Band Across a Wide Spectrum of Socio-Economic Groups. What's Different? What's the Same?

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Randy Box, the Director of Bands at  West Memphis High School  in West Memphis, Arkansas. Randy talks about the differences, and similarities, between being a band director in an affluent school district versus one with it's share of economic challenges. He also talks about what advice he would give himself if he could go back to 1978 when he started his... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, July 16, 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 Band Room a Safe and Welcoming Place for All Students

Podcast Episode Summary Nick Averwater continues his conversation with  Dr. Albert Nguyen, Director of Bands at the University of Memphis . In this episode Dr. Nguyen talks about making the band room a welcoming, safe place for all students. He also looks back at some things he might have done differently in his early days as a band director.   Podcast guest Dr. Albert Nguyen Albert Nguyen, Director of Bands, conducts the U of M Wind Ensemble, directs the graduate... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, June 11, 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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In It for the Long Haul: The Impact of Staying with Your Band Program for the Long-Term

Episode Summary In this podcast episode, Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Barry Trobaugh, Director of Bands at Munford High School in West Tennessee. They discuss the value of staying at the same school for many years, how to maintain good relationships with the school administration, and much more. The wide-ranging conversation wouldn't fit into just one episode, and it was all so interesting that we didn't want to edit out anything. So we broke it up into two... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, May 7, 2021
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Maximizing the Relationship with Your Local Music Store

Episode Summary In this week's podcast episode, Nick interviews three colleagues that represent various music stores across the country. They discuss the primary purposes and goals of a relationship between a band or orchestra director and their local music store. There are a few different types of music stores, including guitar stores, full-line stores with combo gear, piano dealers, and more. The focus of today's conversation is on the school music dealer.  The goal... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, April 23, 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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Director Spotlight: Lafe Cook (Part Two)

Panelist - Lafe Cook Lafe Cook has been a high school band director for twenty-six years and is in his twentieth year as the Director of the Dobyns-Bennett Band Program in Kingsport, Tennessee.  Mr. Cook is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he was drum major of the Pride of the Southland Marching Band and a graduate assistant with the music department.  He taught at E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, Virginia for six years prior to coming to... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, April 2, 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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