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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: covid-19

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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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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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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Pandemic Fatigue and Living Your Best Life

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 Thursday, October 15, 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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Technology Solutions for Music Educators

Panelist- Jeremy Payne Jeremy Payne - The Music People Podcast Summary In this week's conversations, Jeremy shared with us technology solutions for teaching, streaming and online learning. We will discuss USB hubs, microphones, classroom PA systems, and more! Video Recording Podcast   Resources Email Jeremy here. Professional Development Attendance Letter DOWNLOAD LETTER Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Monday, August 10, 2020
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Assessing Your Program's Needs and Crafting Your Plan Forward

Panelists- Francie Beard, David Stevens, and Greg Bruner Francie Beard - Frederick Douglass High School , Orchestra Director David Stevens - Adamsville High School , Band Director Greg Bruner - Highland High School , Band Director Podcast Summary In this week's conversations, our panel discussed how to assess the needs of your ensembles and also its individual students after returning from a summer break and school shutdowns due to COVID-19. Video... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Tuesday, August 4, 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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Staying Relentlessly Positive While Facing Reality

Panelist - Bob Morrison Robert B. Morrison is Founder and CEO of Quadrant Research, the nation’s leading arts education research organization where he has created a deep body of research and policy work and is recognized as a pioneer in statewide arts education status and condition research. Mr. Morrison was the managing partner for the groundbreaking New Jersey Arts Education Census Project, completing the first statewide census for arts... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Tuesday, July 21, 2020
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Taking Action: Developing Your Program's Action Plan for Music Education

Panelists- Barry Trobaugh, Nick Averwater, and Richie Williams Barry Trobaugh, Director of Bands, Munford (TN) High School Nick Averwater, Vice President, Amro Music Stores, Inc. Richie Williams, Director of Bands, Paragould (AR) High School Podcast Summary In this week's conversations, we explored resources available to music educators and introduced the collaborative document "Considerations for a Safe Return to the Instrumental Music Classroom."... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Tuesday, June 2, 2020
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