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Welcoming Musicians With Physical Exceptionalities To The Marching Band

This week, Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Cody Newman, Director of Bands at Forney High School in Forney, TX, a town located around 20 miles east of Dallas. Cody was recently named to the 2022 Yamaha 40 Under 40 list of music educators. 

In this episode, we'll learn about two talented musicians in the school's marching band with physical exceptionalities, and how Cody, his team, and everyone in the band worked together with these students to make sure they were successful members of the band. We'll also find out about his approach to marching band competitions, and why the most important part of competing is the time after the performance is over. Our conversation was recorded July 1, 2022. It's broken up into two episodes, and this is part two.

 


 
at Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Encouragement, Selflessness And Positivity Are Keys To This Band Program's Success

This week, Nick Averwater talks with Cody Newman, Director of Bands at Forney High School in Forney, TX, a town of around 15,000 located 20 miles east of Dallas. Cody was recently named to the 2022 Yamaha 40 Under 40 list of music educators. In this episode he'll tell us about his early days as a music educator, and we'll also hear about the band program's unique and effective leadership program that focuses on encouragement, selflessness and positivity. Our conversation was recorded July 1, 2022. It's broken up in to two episodes, and this is part one.


 
at Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Providing After School Opportunities For Musicians At All Skill Levels

This week, Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Anastasia Homes, Director of Bands at San Elijo Middle School in San Marcos, CA, a city of 95,000 people 30 miles north of San Diego. Anastasia was recently named to the 2022 Yamaha 40 Under 40 list of music educators
In this episode, we'll find out more about the school's various after-school musical opportunities for musicians at all levels, and we'll also learn about how Anastasia and her students adapted to the pandemic, and how strongly the music program has bounced back in the last year. Our conversation was recorded on July 8, 2022. It's broken up into two episodes, and this is part two.


 
at Monday, October 24, 2022

Creating A Successful Mentorship Program In Middle School Band

This week Nick Averwater talks with Anastasia Homes, Director of Bands at San Elijo Middle School in San Marcos, CA. Anastasia was recently named to the 2022 Yamaha 40 Under 40 list of music educators. In this episode, we'll learn more about the people and ideas that inspired her to be a music educator, and we'll also find out about the unique mentorship program at San Elijo Middle School. Our conversation was recorded on July 8, 2022. It's broken up into two episodes, and this is part one.


 
at Monday, October 17, 2022

Ideas to Inspire High School Students To Pursue A Career In Music Education

This week, Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Mikaela Littleton, Director of Bands at Mill Creek Middle School in Nolensville, TN. It's part of the Williamson County School System, which is just south of Nashville. Mikaela is in her fourth year as a music educator, and in this conversation she shares stories about lessons and mentors during her high school years that made it clear that she was going to teach music. She also talks about some of the things she does to be a more effective educator. This conversation was recorded July 29, 2022. It's broken up in to two episodes and this is part two.


 
at Monday, October 3, 2022

Great Mentors Are Essential To A Band Director's Early Success

In this episode, Nick Averwater talks with Mikaela Littleton, Director of Bands at Mill Creek Middle School in Nolensville, TN. It's part of the Williamson County School System, which is just south of Nashville. This week we'll learn more about Mikaela's early influences that encouraged her to become a music educator, some of the lessons she has learned as she begins her fourth year of teaching, and more. Our conversation was recorded July 29, 2022. It's broken up in to two episodes and this is part one.


 
at Monday, September 26, 2022

Tips For Retaining Most (Or Even All) Of Your Band Students

In this episode, Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Benjamin Easley, Director of Bands at Nolensville High School in Nolensville, TN. We'll learn more about Benjamin's approach to maintaining high retention rates in the band program at Nolensville, how his approach to teaching has changed as a result of Covid, and more. Our conversation was recorded July 1, 2022. It's broken up in to two episodes and this is part two.


Podcast Resources

In this conversation, Benjamin mentions The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer.

at Sunday, September 18, 2022

Directing A Successful Non-Competitive Marching Band in Middle Tennessee

In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater talks with Benjamin Easley, Director of Bands at Nolensville High School in Nolensville, TN, a town of around 16,000 located a half hour south of Nashville. Benjamin comes from a family of music educators (his father, John Easley, is featured on After Hours episodes from December 31, 2021 and January 7, 2022), so we'll learn more about his early influences, and also learn more about Nolensville's non-competitive marching band model and how it compares with competitive bands in a part of the country where marching band is such an important part of many communities. Our conversation was recorded July 1, 2022. It's broken up in to two episodes and this is part 1.


 
at Monday, September 12, 2022

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