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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: Orchestra

ESSER Funds and Educational Resources from Yamaha

Podcast Episode Summary Nick Averwater checks in with Lisa Steele-MacDonald, Director of Vertical Marketing for Yamaha. Lisa will have the latest information about Esser Funds, and what is still available to music programs, and she'll also share some other resources available to band directors from Yamaha. You can find out more about Yamaha's offerings to band directors at  www.yamahaeducatorsuite.com . Podcast guest Lisa Steele-MacDonald Lisa is the Director of... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, July 23, 2021
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Maximizing the Relationship with Your Local Music Store

Episode Summary In this week's podcast 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... 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 Thursday, April 8, 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 Friday, March 26, 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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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 Friday, January 8, 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 Friday, December 11, 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 Tuesday, November 17, 2020
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Habits of a Successful Musician

Panelist Scott Rush, Author of the "Habits of a Successful Musician" series Podcast Summary In this episode of "After Hours: Conversations for Music Educators", author Scott Rush joins us to discuss the online learning resources available through the "Habits of a Successful Musician" book series. Video Recording Podcast   Resources Email Scott Professional Development Attendance Letter Download Letter Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Tuesday, August 18, 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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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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Using Essential Elements Interactive to Connect with Students: Both Online and in the Classroom

Panelist- Steve Smith In 2012, Steve joined the team at Hal Leonard as an Instrumental Editor. At Hal Leonard, he works with the production of instrumental music and educational materials for band and strings. Steve brings his recent teaching experience to Hal Leonard and is using this in the development of the new Essential Elements Interactive website designed to assist teachers and students at the beginning instrumental level. Podcast Summary On Tuesday,... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Tuesday, July 14, 2020
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