Category: covid-19

Tips For Retaining Most (Or Even All) Of Your Band Students

In this episode, Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Benjamin Easley, Director of Bands at Nolensville High School in Nolensville, TN. We'll learn more about Benjamin's approach to maintaining high retention rates in the band program at Nolensville, how his approach to teaching has changed as a result of Covid, and more. Our conversation was recorded July 1, 2022. It's broken up in to two episodes and this is part two. Podcast Resources In this conversation... Read More
at Sunday, September 18, 2022

How Covid Has Affected The Way Students Learn, And How Educators Teach

In this episode we'll be listening to a webinar hosted by Amro Music on August 6, 2022 looking at how Covid has affected the way students learn, and how educators teach. We were joined by Brittany Jerrell from Stewarts Creek Middle School in Smyrna, Tennessee, Kim Webb from Greene County Tech High School in Paragould, Arkansas, and Ben McLemore from Lewisburg Middle School in Hernando, Mississippi. The discussion was moderated by Nick Averwater.   Read More
at Saturday, September 3, 2022

Lessons Learned During Covid Create Many Opportunities for Teachers and Students

Podcast Episode Summary This week Nick Averwater talks with John Mlynczak, Vice President of Music Education and Technology at Hal Leonard.  They'll be talking about how John's years as a middle school music teacher have influenced the work he does today, and how the lessons learned in the last 18 months have created some great opportunities for music educators. The conversation was recorded November 23, 2021 and is broken up in to two episodes. This is part one. &n... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Saturday, December 4, 2021

The Importance of Mental Wellness for Maintaining a Successful Band Program

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater talks with Grant Harbison at the Arkansas Bandmasters Association Convention in Little Rock. Grant is the Director of Bands for Jonesboro, Arkansas Public Schools. In this conversation, Grant talks about how his band program is moving forward as the pandemic affects a second marching band season, the importance of gratitude and positivity, and how therapy has helped him to become... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, September 3, 2021

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 Dob... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, April 2, 2021

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 Percussion Performance from USC with ... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, March 26, 2021

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 Recording  ... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, February 5, 2021

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 educators.... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, January 22, 2021