In this episode, Nick Averwater talks with Mickey Smith Jr., the 2020 recipient of the Grammy Music Educator Award. He is originally from Mossville, LA, a small town in the southwest corner of the state, and currently teaches at The Greene School in West Palm Beach, FL. He also travels extensively as a guest educator and motivational speaker. This conversation was recorded June 30, 2022.
In this episode we'll listen to the second half of a panel discussion from Amro Music's Young Directors Bootcamp, which is a chance for band directors who are just starting out to hear from educators who are a few years into their careers. The discussion features Reece Gardner from Arlington Middle School in Arlington, TN, Emma Lang from Trenton Rosenwald Middle School and Peabody High School in Trenton, TN, Nathan Anderson from Green County Tech Middle School in Paragould, Arkansas, and Carlos Serna from Paragould Junior High, and High School, also in Paragould, Arkansas. Nick Averwater is moderator for the discussion. And a quick production note, we did have some questions from the audience, but they were off-mic, so we've edited out most of the actual questions from this recording, but Nick repeats them for the podcast audience and those who were joining us live on Zoom. This conversation was recorded August 6, 2022.
Trenton Rosenwald Middle School
Greene County Tech Middle School
Arlington Middle School
Paragould Jr. High / High School
In this episode we'll listen to the first half of a panel discussion from Amro Music's Young Director's Bootcamp, which is a chance for band directors who are just starting out to hear from educators who are a few years into their careers. Nick Averwater was moderator of the discussion, which was recorded August 6, 2022.
In this episode, Nick Averwater talks with Tyler Swick, a celebrated and award-winning music educator from Robert and Sandy Ellis Elementary School in Las Vegas, whose YouTube channel, Swick's Classroom, has over 14,000 subscribers and has been visited more than 3.5 million times. We thought Tyler's enthusiasm for music education, and his innovative ideas would be just right as a new school year is about to begin. This conversation was recorded on June 27, 2022.
Tyler Swick is a teacher and performer residing in Las Vegas, NV. Swick was recently awarded the Heart of Education Award and is a Yamaha 40 under 40 music educator. His passion for education and all things music can be found on his YouTube Channel, Swick's Classroom. Swick's compositions have been selected for festivals and competitions across the country. Winning 2nd and 3rd place in the 2013 PASIC Composition Contest and selected as the finale to the 2017 Steel Pan New Literature concert.
Photo & Bio credit: tylerswick.com
In this episode Nick Averwater talks with Emily Kelley, Director of Bands at Southview High School in Sylvania, OH, and author of the new book Inclusion in Band and Orchestra, which is part of the Maximizing Student Performance series by the Kjos Music Company. Our conversation was recorded July 20, 2022.
Emily Kelley is the Director of Bands at Sylvania Southview High School in Sylvania, Ohio. Mrs. Kelley received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Bowling Green State University and earned her Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Michigan.
As a child and young adult, Mrs. Kelley had many opportunities to cooperatively engage students with exceptionalities. Her father, Chuck Hage, served as a teacher in a special education self-contained public school classroom for students of varying, developmental delays. Emily enjoyed visiting and working with her dad and his students quite often. Elisa Huss-Hage, Emily’s mother, taught at a community college for many years where she prepared teachers for the field, including courses that focused on meeting the needs of every learner. Additionally, Emily has had several family members with cognitive challenges, including an aunt who lived with her for a significant portion of her childhood. These experiences fostered in her the importance of ensuring equitable educational experiences for all students.
In the process of developing this resource, both Chuck and Elisa, alongside several Sylvania Schools special education professionals and families served as valuable resources and consultants.
During her tenure in public school education, Mrs. Kelley has worked with a plethora of students with many types of exceptionalities. The culmination of those experiences has inspired Emily’s interest in supporting other music educators.
Photo & Bio credit: KJOS Music Company
This week Joel Hurd, one of the producers on the podcast, talks with composer and educator Brady Massey, who spent more than 20 years as a band director in three different school districts in Arkansas (Hoxie, Trumann, and Pocahontas), and is currently Director of Bands at Williams Baptist University in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. Joel talked with Brady just after he had given a talk at Amro University, which is a 2-day event in Memphis for college students and new band directors. Brady's talk was entitled, "Starting The Year On Your Left Foot." Our conversation was recorded April 8, 2022.
Brady Massey (b. 1966) is the Director of Bands at Williams Baptist University in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. Mr. Massey’s background includes teaching all grade levels of instrumental music, from beginning band through university band. His ensembles have received acclaim on the local, regional, and national levels, and are consistently praised on their performances.
Mr. Massey’s professional affiliations include the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), the Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association, the National Band Association, the College Band Directors’ National Association, and has served on the board of directors for Dixie Band Camp and Drum Corps South. He is a recent past-president of the Arkansas Bandmasters Association, and has been the recipient of numerous awards in the education field as well as in the music education field.
Mr. Massey is the owner of Ovation by Design, which creates custom music and arrangements for bands and other media, and is the director of the Arkansas Ambassadors of Music, which produces a concert tour of Europe every two years. He resides in Pocahontas, Arkansas with his wife Carol and daughter Makenzie.
Bio credit: C.L. Barnhouse Company | Photo credit: Williams Baptist University
This week Nick Averwater talks with Hunter Durham, Director of Bands in the Rivercrest School District in Wilson, Arkansas, a small town near the Mississippi River around 30 miles north of Memphis. He is originally from nearby Paragould, Arkansas. Hunter has written a guide to sound reinforcement for marching bands. In this episode he'll be sharing his ideas on mic techniques, how to make wise purchasing decisions and more. This conversation was recorded on April 9, 2022.
Director of Bands, Rivercrest School District - Wilson, AR
In the Interview, Hunter references the following:
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