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After Hours:  Conversations for 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.

 

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Category: Band

In It for the Long Haul: The Impact of Staying with Your Band Program for the Long-Term

Episode Summary In this 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 in to just one episode, and it was all so interesting that we didn't want to edit out anything. So we broke it up in to two episodes, and... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Saturday, May 8, 2021
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Maximizing the Relationship with Your Local Music Store

Episode Summary In this week's 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 for... 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 Friday, April 9, 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 Thursday, March 25, 2021
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Director Spotlight: Lafe Cook (Part One)

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 Thursday, March 18, 2021
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Director Spotlight: Richie Williams (Part Two)

Panelist - Richie Williams “Richie” Williams has been the Director of Bands at Paragould High School since 2008 and is the 13 th director of the programs successful 83 year history. Mr. Williams previously taught band in the Westside School District of Jonesboro, AR. At Paragould, Mr. Williams conducts the Symphonic Band, the Paragould “PRIDE” Marching Band, the Sr. High Jazz Band, team teaches beginning brass & woodwind classes, team teaches Jr. High... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Wednesday, March 3, 2021
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Improving Student Morale and Engagement during COVID-19

Panelists Stephen Price (South Gibson County H.S., Medina, TN) Kaitlin Roll (Annie Camp Jr. High School, Jonesboro, TN) Jacob Campos (Franklin High School, Franklin, TN)   Podcast Summary Our panel of expert educators shared how they are addressing student morale and improving student engagement during the spring semester. We shared curriculum ideas, communication techniques, and more to help you stay connected with your students and improve morale.   Video... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, February 5, 2021
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Make 2021 Your Best Year Yet

Panelists Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser Vice President of Education - Conn-Selmer, Inc. Tim Lautzenheiser's career spans ten years of college band directing at Northern Michigan University, the University of Missouri, and New Mexico State University.  After serving as Executive Director of Bands of America, he created Attitude Concepts, Inc. to accommodate the many requests for student leadership workshops, convention speaking and professional development presentations for... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, January 22, 2021
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Recruiting Resources from Yamaha

Panelists Lisa Steele-MacDonald Director of Marketing -  Yamaha Band & Orchestra Division Lisa Steele-MacDonald is responsible for promotion and brand management of Yamaha band and orchestral instruments in the United States. Steele-MacDonald has more than a decade of experience in marketing across all media. She works to strengthen communications and interactions with Yamaha customers and supporters, and has helped to deepen the company’s impact in the band and... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Wednesday, January 6, 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 Wednesday, December 16, 2020
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Developing Student Leaders in Your Music Program

Panelist Dr. Brandon Robinson Dr. Brandon E. Robinson is a devoted music educator, clinician, drill designer, music arranger, and composer with more than twenty years of service. A native of Blytheville, Arkansas, Robinson has traveled the southern United States working with groups of all sizes. He is passionate about instilling a love and appreciation for music in all students he works with- from D1 university wind ensembles to rural beginning band students. Robinson is... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Saturday, November 21, 2020
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