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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: retention

Increasing Retention In Your Music Program

Podcast Episode Summary This week Joel Hurd, one of co-producers of the podcast, talks with  Dr. Jennifer Hawkinson , Associate Professor of Music Education at the  University of Central Arkansas . Before joining UCA, Dr. Hawkinson spent 18 years in South Dakota as a music educator in several school districts, including one of the largest schools in the state,  Sioux Falls Washington High School . She joined us at Amro Music as part of Amro University, a two-day gathering of... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Friday, June 10, 2022
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Keeping Students Interested In Music Throughout All of Their School Years, and Beyond

Podcast Episode Summary This week Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Alexis Yatuzis-Derryberry, General Music Teacher at  Stewarts Creek High School  in Smyrna, Tennessee. Before moving to Stewarts Creek in 2021, Alexis spent nearly 20 years teaching general music and choir at the elementary and middle school levels. She is also President of the  TMEA, The Tennessee Music Education Association , and an adjunct Music Education Instructor at  Middle Tennessee... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Friday, March 11, 2022
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Recruitment and Retention Ideas and Strategies for 2020-2021 with Marcia Neel

Panelist-  Marcia Neel Marcia served as a public school music educator for 36 years—14 of those as the Secondary Fine Arts Coordinator for the Clark County School District, the nation’s fifth-largest, headquartered in Las Vegas, NV. She currently serves as president of Music Education Consultants, Inc., a consortium of music education professionals working with a variety of educational organizations, arts associations, and school districts to foster the growth... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Tuesday, June 9, 2020
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Bridging the Gap: Retention Techniques for the Spring and Summer

Panelists Kim Webb - Greene County Tech Middle and High School, Paragould, AR Steven Page - Heath Middle School, Paducah, KY Gary Frite - Munford Middle and High School, Munford, TN Podcast Summary In this week's conversations, our panelists shared ideas and best practices for increasing student retention in band, orchestra, and music programs. Video Recording Podcast   Professional Development Attendance Letter Download Letter ... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Tuesday, April 28, 2020
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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.