106 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.

    Welcoming Musicians With Physical Exceptionalities To The Marching Band

    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 in to two episodes, and this is part two.

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

    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.

    • 39 min
    Providing After School Opportunities For Musicians At All Skill Levels

    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 July 8, 2022. It's broken up in to two episodes, and this is part two.

    • 23 min
    Creating A Successful Mentorship Program In Middle School Band

    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 July 8, 2022. It's broken up in to two episodes, and this is part one.

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

    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.

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

    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.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 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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