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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

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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Strong Community Support Results In Decades of Success For A Small Town's Band Program

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater talks with  Jason Deem , Director of Bands at  Union City High School  in  Union City, Tennessee , a town of just over 10,000 people in the northwest corner of the state. Jason joined the Union City schools in 2006, and has been Director of Bands for five years. In this conversation, we'll learn about his early influences, how he carries on the tradition of success in... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Monday, May 16, 2022
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Practical Ideas For Recruiting New Students For Your Band Program

Podcast Episode Summary This week Nick Averwater talks with Randy Dale, Assistant Professor of Music, Associate Director of Bands, and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Mississippi, to get some ideas about recruiting new students for your band program. Our conversation was recorded April 8, 2022 in downtown Memphis, where Randy was giving a presentation for Amro University.   Podcast Guest Randy Dale Randy Dale  is Assistant Professor of Music, Associate... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Sunday, May 8, 2022
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More Ideas To Help Students Who Want To Make Music Education Their Career

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode, Nick Averwater continues his with Dr. Matt Rowan, Director of Bands for the Pearl School District in Pearl, Mississippi, the 13th largest city in the state, located just east of Jackson, MS. In this conversation, Dr. Rowan shares more ideas about how to help students who want to pursue a career in music education. The conversation was recorded March 2, 2022, and is broken up in to two episodes, and this is part 2.   Podcast Guest ... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Sunday, May 1, 2022
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Student Leadership And Clear Expectations Are Keys To A Band Program's Success

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater talks with Justin Harvison, Director of Bands at  Germantown High School  in Madison, Mississippi. Justin began his career in 2008 at Madison Central High School, where he was lead director of the 9th grade band at  Rosa Scott 9th grade school . He then went on to become the founding director of the Germantown High School band program in 2011. In this conversation, Justin talks... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Friday, March 25, 2022
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Back To The Classroom After Two Years As A Fine Arts Administrator

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode, Nick Averwater continues his conversation with David Aydelott, Band Director at  Siegel High School  in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, a city of around 150,000 people which is also the home of  Middle Tennessee State University . From 1992 to 2019, David was Director of Bands at four different schools in Tennessee. Then in 2019 he began serving in an administrative role as Director of Fine Arts for  Williamson County Schools , a district... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Thursday, February 10, 2022
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The Importance of Collaboration Between Different Artistic Disciplines Within A School

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater talks with David Aydelott, Director of Bands at  Siegel High School  in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the sixth largest city in the state with a population of just over 150,000, located 35 miles southeast of Nashville. David talks about the lessons he learned as a school administrator that have made him a more effective band director, the importance of collaboration between different... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Saturday, January 29, 2022
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Creative Ways To Build Community Support For A Band Program

Podcast Episode Summary This week Nick Averwater continues his conversation with  John Easley , who has been an Educational Representative for  Amro Music  for the last five years, but was a band director in several school districts in northwest Tennessee, including over three decades in  Union City , a town of around 11,000 people.  They'll be talking about creative ways of building support for a band program in a small, rural community, the challenges that... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, January 7, 2022
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Want to Grow your Band Program? Having Fun (and Patience) Will Help

Podcast Episode Summary This week Nick Averwater talks with  John Easley , who is now an Educational Representative for Amro Music, but for over three decades was a band director in several school districts in northwest Tennessee. Most of his time as a music educator was spent in  Union City , a town of around 11,000 people. They'll be talking about John's early days as a band director, the value of having patience when growing a band program, and more. Our... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, December 31, 2021
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Making the Most Of A Band With Just A Few Musicians

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater talks with Dr. Charles Page, Band Director at  Valley View High School  in northeastern Arkansas. Prior to his current position he was Band Director in the  Buffalo Island School District , which is a much smaller district in the same part of the state.  In this conversation, Dr. Page talks about the musical challenges associated with directing a small band with just a few... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Saturday, November 27, 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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