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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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Starting, And Growing, A Successful Publishing Company

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Randall Standridge, a former public school band director, and a very busy and widely-published composer, running his own production company,  Randall Standridge Music . This week, we'll learn more about the business, and creative, aspects of composing and publishing. We'll also get Randall's thoughts about the importance of inclusivity in the band... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, October 1, 2021
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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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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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Support the Podcast:

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.