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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 r ...
 
The leaders of America’s top orchestras talk about the many challenges – and opportunities – facing orchestras in the 21st century. These video compilations are taken from live and behind-the-scenes interviews. The American Orchestra Forum is a major initiative of the San Francisco Symphony’s 2011-2012 centennial season.
 
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Band Director Blueprint

Taylor Smith and Eric Villalobos

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The Band Director Blueprint, hosted by Taylor Smith and Eric Villalobos, will spotlight music educators from across the country on short helpful tips on building music programs, as well as long form interviews/discussions on topics presented by you the viewer. The goal of the podcast is to create authentic and insightful discussions on topics that directly relate and provide value to students currently in music education programs, credential students, first year teachers, veteran music educa ...
 
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This week Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Bob Morrison, CEO and Founder of Quadrant Research, the nation's leading arts education research and market intelligence organization. Bob is also a member of his regional school board in New Jersey. In this episode they'll be talking about the role of music and the arts in social emotional l…
 
This week Nick Averwater talks with Bob Morrison, CEO and Founder of Quadrant Research, the nation's leading arts education research and market intelligence organization. In this episode they'll be talking about the Arts Education Data Project, which provides a data-driven approach to understanding the condition of arts education in the United Stat…
 
In this episode, Nick Averwater talks with Sharon Bryant, Senior Project Manager for NAMM. They'll be talking about NAMM's Best Communities for Music Education Survey, which celebrates the best music education programs in the country. Applications are being accepted through the end of January 2022, and you can learn more about it at nammfoundation.…
 
In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater continues his conversation about student leadership with Dr. Craig Aarhus, Associate Director of Bands at Mississippi State University in Starkville. This conversation was recorded September 28th, 2021, and is broken up in to two episodes, and this is part two. In this conversati…
 
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 influe…
 
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 Convers…
 
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: Eastman Strings Eastman Winds Eastman Guitars Wm. S. Haynes Co. S.E. Shires Backun Musical Ser…
 
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 composin…
 
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…
 
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, …
 
In this episode, Nick Averwater talks with Elva Kaye Lance, The Director of Bands at Mississippi State University in Starkville. This is Ms. Lance's 30th year at Mississippi State, and her 19th year as Director of Bands. Under her leadership, the bands have expanded to include four concert bands, a jazz band, two basketball pep bands, and a marchin…
 
In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater talks with Grant Harbison at the Arkansas Bandmasters Association Convention in Little Rock. Grant is the Director of Bands for Jonesboro, Arkansas Public Schools. In this conversation, Grant talks about how his band program is moving forward as the pandemic affects a second marc…
 
On August 7th, 2021, Amro Music hosted its first-ever Young Directors Bootcamp. It was a chance for new educators to get practical advice from a panel of four highly successful band directors. Amro Music's Nick Averwater hosted the event, and our panel included: Joseph Quinnelly from Hernando Middle School and High School in Hernando MS, Kaitlyn Ro…
 
On August 7th, 2021, Amro Music hosted its first-ever Young Director's Bootcamp. It was a chance for new educators to get practical advice from a panel of four highly successful band directors in the Mid-South region. The goal for the Young Director's Bootcamp was to help everyone feel more confident and equipped for the first week of school, and b…
 
In this episode we kick off Season 3 of the After Hours podcast as Nick Averwater and his three guests talk about The Art of the First Week. Joining Nick will be Lindsey Mears from Smyrna Middle School in Smyrna, TN, Brittany Jerrell from Stewarts Creek Middle School, which is also in Smyrna, and Jennifer Church from Greenbrier High School in Green…
 
Nick Averwater checks in with Sheryl Laukat from Cannonball Musical Instruments at Summer NAMM in Nashville. Cannonball is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and we'll learn a bit about the company's history, and find out about some of the techniques they use that make their instruments unique.Door Amro Music
 
Nick Averwater checks in with Lisa Steele-MacDonald, Director of Vertical Marketing for Yamaha. Lisa will have the latest information about Esser Funds, and what is still available to music programs, and she'll also share some other resources available to band directors from Yamaha. You can find out more about Yamaha's offerings to band directors a…
 
In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Randy Box, the Director of Bands at West Memphis High School in West Memphis, Arkansas. Randy talks about the differences, and similarities, between being a band director in an affluent school district versus one with it's share of economic challen…
 
Randy Box has taught in four school districts in his 42-year career, most recently at West Memphis High School in Arkansas. In this first part of our conversation he talks about his early influences, taking his band to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade twice, and the importance of the acronym T-S-B-N-A-F-W-A-E-I-N.…
 
Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Dr. Sarah Labovitz, the Associate Director of Bands & Coordinator of Music Education at Arkansas State University. In this episode Dr. Labovitz shares some ideas about setting up a grading and assessment structure for band students. This is the second of two episodes with Dr. Labovitz.…
 
In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater talks with Dr. Sarah Labovitz, the Associate Director of Bands and Coordinator of Music Education at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. In this first of two episodes with Dr. Labovitz, she talks about the advice she gives to new band directors, ways to avoid burnout, and how…
 
Neuroscience and psychology researchers have done extensive studies over the last 20 years to understand how the brain processes music and why music learning seems to be such a cognitively unique activity. Musically trained children have better language and communication skills, can focus for longer and are more likely to stick with difficult probl…
 
Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Dr. Albert Nguyen, Director of Bands at the University of Memphis. In this episode Dr. Nguyen talks about making the band room a welcoming, safe place for all students. He also looks back at some things he might have done differently in his early days as a band director.…
 
In this episode, Nick Averwater talks with Dr. Albert Nguyen, Director of Bands at the University of Memphis. Dr. Nguyen discusses his early interest in music growing up in rural Arkansas, the influence his parents had on him, creating opportunities through student leadership, and more. This conversation is split in to two episodes, and this is par…
 
In this episode, Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Kim Webb, Director of Bands at Greene County Tech High School in Paragould, Arkansas. The band program in the school district has 450 students participating in seven different bands. We've broken up our conversation with Kim in to two episodes, and in this second one, she talks about h…
 
In this episode, Nick Averwater talks with Kim Webb, Director of Bands at Greene County Tech High School in Paragould, Arkansas. The band program in the school district has 450 students participating in seven different bands. We've broken up our conversation with Kim in to two episodes, and in this first one, she talks about how she became interest…
 
In this episode, Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Barry Trobaugh, Director of Bands at Munford High School in West Tennessee. They discuss the value of staying at the same school for many years, how to maintain good relationships with the school administration, and much more. The wide-ranging conversation wouldn't fit in to just one e…
 
In this week's episode, Nick Averwater talks with Barry Trobaugh, Director of Bands at Munford High School in West Tennessee. Barry and Nick discuss how to position your music program to be an integral part of your local community, establishing a strong relationship with your staff and assistant directors, and setting clear expectations that lead t…
 
Nick Averwater and his three guests talk about how music educators can get the most out of their relationship with their local music stores. Guests Include: Maureen Ross, Meyer Music, Grand Rapids, MI Phil Hodapp, Beacock Music, Vancouver, WA Tim Dawson, Paige's Music, Indianapolis, INDoor Amro Music
 
Nick Averwater talks with Monty and Valerie Hill, Band Directors in the Marion, Arkansas School District. Valerie and Monty have taught music, and directed bands at every age level, from elementary school to college, in both Arkansas and New Mexico. They joined the school district in Marion in April, 2020.…
 
Nick Averwater and his guests talk about ways to build and maintain productive relationships with your school's principal, superintendent, and school board. Guests include: Kris Perkins, Principal at Lewisburg High School in Olive Branch, MS Bob Morrison, longtime music education advocate and board member in the Watchung Hills (New Jersey) Regional…
 
Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Lafe Cook, Director of Bands at Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, TN. Lafe is celebrating his 20th year at the school, and oversees the 375-member band program at Dobyns-Bennett. This conversation is presented in two episodes, and this is part 2.Door Amro Music
 
Nick Averwater and his three guests from Yamaha discuss accessing Covid relief funding for your school music program. Guests include: Heather Mansell, Marketing Manager for Education Dave Gerhart, Assistant Marketing Manager for Education Marcia Neel, Senior Director of EducationDoor Amro Music
 
Nick Averwater talks with Lafe Cook, Director of Bands at Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, TN. Lafe is celebrating his 20th year at the school, and oversees the 375-member band program at Dobyns-Bennett. This conversation will cover two episodes, and this is part 1.Door Amro Music
 
In this episode we host ten educators to discuss ten different recruiting ideas for the upcoming spring and summer. Our guests, in order, include: Lisa Alford, West Junior High School, West Memphis Arkansas Alex White, Siegel High School, Murfreesboro, Tennessee Emily Brown, South Gibson Middle School, Medina, Tennessee Wendy Higdon, Creekside Midd…
 
Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Richie Williams, Director of Bands at Paragould High School in Paragould, Arkansas. In this episode, Richie talks about the challenges that success can bring to a music program, and shares some of the things he would have done differently in his early days as a band director. Our chat with Richie is pr…
 
Nick Averwater talks with Richie Williams, Director of Bands at Paragould High School in Paragould, Arkansas. In his 13 years there, the music program has gained a reputation as one of the best in the state. Our chat with Richie is presented in two episodes. This is Part 1.Door Amro Music
 
Having a great artist teach and perform with your bands can be daunting, scary, and intimidating, but our guest Willie Murillo makes approaching professional musicians easy! In this episode, Willie explains "AS YOU DO, SO DO THEY". We also talk about Inspiration. It is not the WHAT, but the HOW. Lastly, you can hear Willie's deep dive into creating…
 
Nick Averwater and his three guests discuss ways to plan for a successful recruiting season for band, orchestra, and choir. Guests include: Marcia Neel - Yamaha's Senior Director of Education Barry Trobaugh - Director of Bands, Munford High School, Munford, TN Tyler Swick - Elementary Music Educator, Las Vegas, NV…
 
Nick Averwater talks with Hope and Greg Bruner, band directors in the Highland School District in northeastern Arkansas. They talk about what it's like maintaining a successful band program in a small, rural community, balancing family time and work time, and techniques for recruiting and retaining new students.…
 
Nick Averwater talks about ways to improve student morale and engagement with three guests: Stephen Price, South Gibson County High School, Medina, TN Kaitlin Roll, Annie Camp Jr. High School, Jonesboro, AR Jacob Campos, Franklin High School, Franklin, TNDoor Amro Music
 
Nick Averwater talks with author, speaker, clinician, consultant and renowned educator, Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser. Dr. Tim shares his thoughts on the impact of COVID-19 on music education, what challenges are on the horizon, and what steps we can take to make 2021 our best year yet.Door Amro Music
 
Nick Averwater talks with music educator Tyler Swick and Yamaha's Lisa Steele-McDonald about the unique partnership between Yamaha and Disney/Pixar to grow music awareness and participation as the film Soul is released on Disney Plus. Recorded January 5, 2021.Door Amro Music
 
Nick Averwater talks with Scott Lang, founder of Be Part of the Music, about the "State of Music Education" survey that was recently completed by 2,100 music educators across the country. They discuss the survey's findings, what it means for music education, and where we go from here. Recorded December 8, 2020.…
 
Marcia Neel and George Quinlan, Jr. join Nick Averwater to discuss the many benefits of hosting a beginner concert in the first semester of learning to play. We will discuss turnkey materials to make it your easiest (and most fun!) concert of the year, plus great resources if you are teaching online this semester.…
 
In this episode of "After Hours: Conversations for Music Educators", author and educator Scott Lang joins Nick Averwater to discuss ways to stay positive, and seize new opportunities in the challenging age of Covid 19. Recorded October 13, 2020.Door Amro Music
 
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