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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. 

Did you know we were recently featured in the Top 25 Music Education Podcasts by Feedspot? Check out the article here.

 

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Category: Orchestra

Language Barriers Are No Match For The Joy Of Teaching And Learning Music

Podcast Episode Summary This week Nick Averwater talks with  Dr. Angela Ammerman , author of the new book,  The Music Teacher's Guide to Engaging English Language Learners , which is published by G-I-A Publications. Since 2006, Dr. Ammerman has been a music educator for students of all ages...from Kindergarten to the University level. She has earned music education degrees from The University of Cincinatti, Boston University, and George Mason University, and is currently... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Saturday, April 2, 2022
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How Supply Chain Issues Affect Musical Instrument Manufacturers

Podcast Episode Summary This week Nick Averwater talks with Shane Deuel, Regional Sales Director for  Eastman Music Company , and host of the podcast  Ed Rep Radio .  Shane gives us an insider's view of how supply chain issues are affecting instrument manufacturers. We'll also learn about the different brands in the Eastman family, and find out about some of the company's more popular instruments. Our conversation was recorded February 7, 2022.   Podcast... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Friday, February 25, 2022
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The Role of Music in Social Emotional Learning

Podcast Episode Summary This week Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Bob Morrison, CEO and Founder of  Quadrant Research , the nation's leading arts education research and market intelligence organization. Bob is also a member of his regional school board in New Jersey. In this episode they'll be talking about the role of music and the arts in social emotional learning. Bob will also share his thoughts about lessons that have been learned during the pandemic, and how... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, November 19, 2021
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The State of Arts Education, State by State

Podcast Episode Summary This week Nick Averwater talks with  Bob Morrison , CEO and Founder of  Quadrant Research , the nation's leading arts education research and market intelligence organization. In this episode they'll be talking about the  Arts Education Data Project , which provides a data-driven approach to understanding the condition of arts education in the United States. You can learn more about it at  artseddata.org . Our conversation is broken up in to... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, November 12, 2021
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NAMM's Best Communities for Music Education Survey now accepting applications

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode, Nick Averwater talks with Sharon Bryant, Senior Project Manager for  NAMM . They'll be talking about NAMM's Best Communities for Music Education Survey, which celebrates the best music education programs in the country. Applications are being accepted through the end of January 2022, and you can learn more about it at  nammfoundation.org/bcme .   Podcast Guests Sharon Bryant Sharon Bryant is a Senior Project Manager... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, November 5, 2021
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Eastman Music Company: Still Growing, Still Innovating after 30 years

Podcast Episode Summary This week Nick Averwater talks with Ryan Richman, Vice President at  Eastman Music Company . They'll be talking about the history of the company as it approaches its 30th year, some of its latest products and innovations, and more. Eastman's brands include: Eastman Strings Eastman Winds Eastman Guitars Wm. S. Haynes Co. S.E. Shires Backun Musical Services Bourgeois Guitars   Podcast Guest Ryan... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, October 8, 2021
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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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If you enjoy the content provided through "After Hours", you can support the podcast by purchasing your classroom supplies, books and accessories from Amro Music.  We're the greater Memphis area's first choice when it comes to music education materials.  Band directors and orchestra instructors know we carry the brands and products they trust to teach the next generation everything they need to know to appreciate music. To place an order or receive a quote, please call or text our Director Services office at 901-302-3315 or email them here.