90 episodes

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.

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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.

    Increasing Retention In Your Music Program

    Increasing Retention In Your Music Program

    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 college students and new music educators, where she gave a talk entitled Increasing Retention In Your Music Program. This conversation was recorded April 9, 2022

    • 33 min
    Strong Community Support Results In Decades of Success For A Small Town's Band Program

    Strong Community Support Results In Decades of Success For A Small Town's Band Program

    In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater talks with Jason Deem, Director of Bands at Union City High School in Union City, Tennessee, a town of just over 10,000 people in the northwest corner of the state. 

    Jason joined the Union City schools in 2006, and has been Director of Bands for five years. In this conversation, we'll learn about his early influences, how he carries on the tradition of success in the band program, and the importance of good communication with students, administration and the community.

    This conversation was recorded April 29, 2022.   

    • 28 min
    Practical Ideas For Recruiting New Students For Your Band Program

    Practical Ideas For Recruiting New Students For Your Band Program

    This week Nick Averwater talks with Randy Dale, Assistant Professor of Music, Associate Director of Bands, and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Mississippi, to get some ideas about recruiting new students for your band program. Our conversation was recorded April 8, 2022 in downtown Memphis, where Randy was giving a presentation for Amro University.

    • 37 min
    More Ideas To Help Students Who Want To Make Music Education Their Career

    More Ideas To Help Students Who Want To Make Music Education Their Career

    In this episode, Nick Averwater continues his with Dr. Matt Rowan, Director of Bands for the Pearl School District in Pearl, Mississippi, the 13th largest city in the state, located just east of Jackson. 

    In this conversation, Dr. Rowan shares more ideas about how to help students who want to pursue a career in music education. The conversation was recorded March 2, 2022, and is broken up in to two episodes, and this is part 2.

    • 26 min
    Advising And Encouraging Students Who Want To Pursue A Career In Music Education

    Advising And Encouraging Students Who Want To Pursue A Career In Music Education

    In this episode, Nick Averwater talks with Dr. Matt Rowan, Director of Bands for the Pearl School District in Pearl, Mississippi, a city of around 27,000 just east of Jackson. 

    In this conversation, Dr. Rowan talks about how he knew early that he wanted to pursue a career in music education, in large part because of the many educators along the way who encouraged him. We'll also learn about ways he now serves as a mentor for leaders in his band program who want to go on to teach music. The conversation was recorded March 2, 2022, and is broken up in to two episodes, and this is part 1.

    • 25 min
    Developing a Positive Relationship With Your Local School Board

    Developing a Positive Relationship With Your Local School Board

    This week Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Todd Shipley, Director of Arts Education for the Tennessee Department of Education. 

    In this episode, they'll discuss the importance developing a positive relationship with your local school board, proactive  vs. reactive advocacy, and more. Our conversation was recorded February 14, 2022, and is broken up in to two episodes, and this is part two.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

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15 Ratings

15 Ratings

gMahlerA440 ,

11 out of 10 Production Quality! (And Content of course…)

A great resource for music educators all over the world. The quality of this podcast is fantastic, both in content and in production quality.

mewellsar ,

Worthwhile on many levels

Thank you Amro! Not only are these helpful topics, but there are so many honest conversations. Please podcasts help me grow as a Director but also as a human being. They provide me with new knowledge and give me comfort during a very difficult pandemic teaching time. I would recommend these to any Director or music ed major!

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