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.
More Helpful Information From The State Of Music Education Survey, Version 4
This week Nick Averwater continues his conversation with author & educator Scott Lang about the fourth version of the State Of Music Education Survey. The survey started in 2020 as a result of the pandemic, and version 5 expected later in 2023.
Version 4 is broken up into six categories. Last week Nick and Scott talked about three of those categories: instructional time, student learning, and enrollment. This week they'll be talking about budget, administrative support, and state of mind.
Our conversation is broken up in to two episodes, and this is part 2.
The State Of Music Education After The Pandemic
This week Nick Averwater talks with author & educator Scott Lang. We last spoke with Scott in December 2020 about the State of Music Education survey, which started as a result of the pandemic.
The survey is now in its fourth version, with version 5 expected later in 2023, so we thought it was time to check back in to see what has changed in the music education world, post-pandemic.
Our conversation is broken up into two episodes, and this is part 1.
Maximizing The Start Of The School Year
This week Nick Averwater hosts a Back-to-School conversation focusing on maximizing the start of the school year.
Our three guests include Lindsey Williams from Paducah Middle School in Paducah, KY, Lauren Duncan from Lafayette Middle School and High School in Oxford, MS, and Evan Burton from Page Middle School in Franklin, TN.
Our conversation was recorded on August 2, 2023.
Amro Music's Back-To-School Recruitment Webinar
This week Nick Averwater hosts a Back-to-School webinar focusing on recruitment and retention. Our guests include Kaitlin Roll from Annie Camp Junior High School in Jonesboro, AR, Vanessa Cobb from Montgomery Central High School in Cunningham, TN, and Dr. Mike Yopp from Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, TN.
The conversation was recorded August 1, 2023.
Learning Life Skills While Playing In The Orchestra
This week, Nick Averwater talks with Cody Price, Orchestra Director at Arlington Middle School in Arlington, TN, a town of around 15,000 people located just northeast of Memphis.
In this episode we'll learn more about Cody's approach to teaching, which is based on the idea of teaching life skills through music. She'll also share some tips for getting string players to properly tune their instruments and develop proper posture so they can play at the highest level possible.
Our conversation was recorded in February 2023.
Promoting Individual Musicianship In An Ensemble Setting
This week Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Glen Schneider, an instructor at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, and creator of musicmastery.band, a personalized online teaching resource designed for students for whom private lessons aren't an option.
Glen has over 20 years of experience as a band director, and in the last episode we learned all about musicmastery.band, but this week we're going to learn much more about his personal philosophies and techniques for promoting individual musicianship in an ensemble setting. He'll also tell us more about some of the ways Vandercook College supports the music education community.
Our conversation was recorded in January 2023. It's broken up in to two episodes, and this is part 2.
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.
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!