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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: student engagement

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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Defining Success for Young Musicians

Podcast Episode Summary This week Nick Averwater continues his conversation with  John Mlynczak , Vice President of Music Education and Technology at  Hal Leonard . In this episode they'll be talking about advocating for music education, defining success for young musicians, and more. The conversation was recorded November 23, 2021 and is broken up in to two episodes. This is part two.   Podcast Guest John T. Mlynczak John Mlynczak has an... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, December 10, 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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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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Student Engagement Activities and the Challenges of Teaching Off and Online

Panelists - Mark Kinzer, Jamie Young, Marcy Wells, & Lindsey Williams Mark Kinzer, Fairview High School, Fairview, TN Jamie Young, Lake Cormorant High School, Lake Cormorant, MS Marcy Wells, Greenbrier Junior High School, Greenbrier, AR Lindsey Williams, Paducah Middle School, Paducah, KY Podcast Summary In this week's conversations, our panelists shared their ideas for increasing student engagement, as well as explored the challenges of teaching both off... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Tuesday, April 14, 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.