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.
At Mississippi State University, Student Leaders Are A Big Part Of The Band's Success
In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater talks with Dr. Craig Aarhus, Associate Director of Bands at Mississippi State University. Identifying and empowering student leaders has been a big part of the band program's success, and we'll learn more about that, as well as find out more about some of Dr. Aarhus' early influences as a band director. Our conversation is broken up in to two episodes, and this is part one.
Hosting A Fall Beginner Band Concert
This week Nick Averwater talks about Hosting a Fall Beginner Band Concert with Jocelyn Hembruch and Tyler Hart, both from Desoto Central Middle School in Southaven, MS, and Trey Reely, who retired in 2019 after 23 years as middle school and high school Band Director in Paragould, AR, and 11 years at Riverview High School in Searcy, AR.
This Conversation was recorded October 12, 2021.
Eastman Music Company: Still Growing, Still Innovating after 30 years
This week Nick Averwater talks with Ryan Richman, Vice President at Eastman Music Company. They'll be talking about the history of the company as it approaches its 30th year, some of its latest products and innovations, and more.
Eastman's brands include:
Wm. S. Haynes Co.
Backun Musical Services
Starting, And Growing, A Successful Publishing Company
In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Randall Standridge, a former public school band director, and a very busy and widely-published composer, running his own production company, Randall Standridge Music. This week, we'll learn more about the business, and creative, aspects of composing and publishing. We'll also get Randall's thoughts about the importance of inclusivity in the band room. Our conversation is broken up in to two episodes, and this is part two.
The Importance of Practicing Correctly
In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater talks with Randall Standridge. Randall is best-known as a highly respected composer and arranger, but he was also a band director for many years. We'll learn about his early career working in a rural public school district, his techniques for teaching students how to practice the right way, and more. Our conversation is broken up in to two episodes, and this is part one.
In this conversation Randall mentions the following books:
How To Make First Chair by C.L. Roberts
One Band That Took a Chance by Brian H. Norcross
Developing Student Leaders in a 400-Member Marching Band
In this episode, Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Elva Kaye Lance, The Director of Bands at Mississippi State University in Starkville. We'll learn more about developing student leaders in the 400-member marching band, how the pandemic has affected procedures within the band program, and more. The conversation was recorded on May 24, 2021. It's broken up in to two episodes, and this is part two.
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!