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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. 

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Category: beginning band

Hosting a Fall Beginner Concert

Podcast Episode Summary This week Nick Averwater talks about  Hosting a Fall Beginner Band Concert  with Jocelyn Hembruch and Tyler Hart, both from  Desoto Central Middle School  in Southaven, MS, and  Trey Reely , who retired in 2019 after 23 years as middle school and high school Band Director in  Paragould, AR , and 11 years at  Riverview High School  in Searcy, AR.  This Conversation was recorded October 12, 2021.   Podcast Guests... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Thursday, October 14, 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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Ten Ideas for Recruiting Success

Panelists Lisa Alford,  West Junior High School , West Memphis Arkansas Alex White,  Siegel High School , Murfreesboro, Tennessee Emily Brown,  South Gibson Middle  School, Medina, Tennessee Wendy Higdon,  Creekside Middle School , Carmel, Indiana Brittany Jerrell,  Stewarts Creek Middle School , Smyrna, Tennessee Grant Harbison,  Jonesboro High School , Jonesboro, Arkansas Matt Pickering,  Lewisburg Middle School , Olive Branch,... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, March 12, 2021
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Kick-Start Your Beginner Recruiting Efforts for Fall 2021

Panelists Marcia Neel Marcia served as a public school music educator for 36 years—14 of those as the Secondary Fine Arts Coordinator for the Clark County School District, the nation’s fifth-largest, headquartered in Las Vegas, NV.  She currently serves as president of Music Education Consultants, Inc., a consortium of music education professionals working with a variety of educational organizations, arts associations, and school districts to foster the growth... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Thursday, February 11, 2021
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Hosting a Beginner Concert In-Person or Online

Panelists Marcia Neel A veteran of 36 years in public school music education, Marcia Neel has directed successful secondary music programs in Connecticut, Ohio, Massachusetts, and Nevada. She received her Bachelors Degree in Music Education with a concentration in Choral Music from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and her Master of Arts Degree in History from the University of Nevada Las Vegas specializing in 20th Century Labor History. She served as Coordinator of Secondary Fine... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, October 23, 2020
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Middle School Classroom Procedures During COVID-19

Panelists Terri Green (Olive Branch Middle School, Mississippi) Emily Brown (South Gibson County, Tennessee) Andrew Lynn (Stewarts Creek Middle School, Tennessee) Brittany Jerrell (Stewarts Creek Middle School, Tennessee) Podcast Summary In this week's conversations, our panel of middle school directors shares how they will lay out their classroom and rehearsal spaces, manage instrument storage and classroom logistics, instrument hygiene and more for the... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Tuesday, August 11, 2020
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Assigning Beginner Instruments without Aerosols or Mouthpiece Testing

Panelist- Rebecca Lowry Rebecca Lowry - Director, Mill Creek Middle School Podcast Summary In this week's conversations, middle school director Rebecca Lowry shared with us how she places her beginning band students on instruments based on facial structure, rather than through mouthpiece testing. Video Recording Podcast   Resources Instrument Fitting Spreadsheet Beginner Instrument Facial Structure Reference Sheet Contact Rebecca ... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Monday, August 3, 2020
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Activities and Curriculum Ideas for Beginning Musicians without Instruments

Panelists- Grant Harbison, Chris Watson, Adonias Finch, and Rebecca Lowry Grant Harbison - (Jonesboro, Arkansas) Chris Watson- (Paducah, Kentucky) Adonias Finch - (Memphis, Tennessee) Rebecca Lowry - (Nolensville, Tennessee) Podcast Summary On Tuesday, July 28, 2020, our panel shared ideas and activities to keep students learning and engaged with music that can take place before the instrument rental meeting. Video... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Tuesday, July 28, 2020
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Recruiting Without a Classroom: Ideas to Recruit Your Largest Class Ever

Panelists Andrew Lynn - Stewarts Creek Middle School, Smyrna, TN Hunter Durham - Rivercrest Middle School, Wilson, AR Tyler Hart - Desoto Central Middle School, Southaven, MS Podcast Summary In this week's conversations, our panelists shared their ideas, content, and methods for recruiting beginners to their program. Video Recording Podcast   Resources Amro Music Listening Aptitude Survey Survey Link   Survey Form ... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Tuesday, April 21, 2020
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