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After Hours: Conversations for Music Educators
26 minutes | Oct 9, 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:Eastman StringsEastman WindsEastman GuitarsWm. S. Haynes Co.S.E. ShiresBackun Musical ServicesBourgeois Guitars
25 minutes | Oct 2, 2021
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.
23 minutes | Sep 25, 2021
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. RobertsOne Band That Took a Chance by Brian H. Norcross
29 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
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.
41 minutes | Sep 11, 2021
One Chance To Make a First Impression: Starting The New School Year The Right Way
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 marching band. In this episode Elva Kaye talks about her early years as a band director, the educators and family members who influenced and encouraged her, and the importance of starting the new school year on the right foot. Our conversation is broken up in to two episodes, and this is part one.
19 minutes | Sep 4, 2021
The Importance of Mental Wellness for Maintaining a Successful Band Program
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 marching band season, the importance of gratitude and positivity, and how therapy has helped him to become a more effective band director.This conversation was recorded July 29, 2021.
50 minutes | Aug 21, 2021
Amro Music's Young Director's Bootcamp, Part 2
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 Roll from Annie Camp Junior High in Jonesboro, AR, Jocelyn Hembruch from Desoto Central Middle School and High School in Southaven, MS, Ben Hembruch from Horn Lake Middle School in Horn Lake, MS. On our last episode of After Hours, we heard the first half of the bootcamp, and in this episode we'll hear the second half. In addition to a live audience, we also had band directors joining us via Zoom, and we'll pick up the conversation with a question from one of our remote viewers.
51 minutes | Aug 14, 2021
Young Director's Bootcamp, Part 1
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 beyond. The topics we discussed included:What should you cover during the first week of band class?What should you avoid doing during the first week of school?What do you do with returning band students after a year of virtual band?How do you select repertoire for your concert band?How do you know which instrument to place a beginning band student on?and much more...Our panel included:Joe Quinnelly - Hernando Middle School and Hernando High School in Hernando, MSKaitlin Roll - Annie Camp Junior High in Jonesboro, ARJocelyn Hembruch -Desoto Central Middle School and Desoto Central High School in Southaven, MSBen Hembruch - Horn Lake Middle School in Horn Lake, MS
58 minutes | Aug 7, 2021
The Art Of The First Week
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 Greenbrier, Arkansas.
21 minutes | Jul 31, 2021
Cannonball Musical Instruments Celebrates its 25th Anniversary
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.
14 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
Lisa Steele-MacDonald discusses ESSER Funds and Educational Resources from Yamaha
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 at www.yamahaeducatorsuite.com.
10 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Hal Leonard's Virtual Music Education Summit
Nick Averwater checks in with David Jahnke from Hal Leonard to learn more about Looking Forward To 2020-2021, Hal Leonard's Virtual Music Education Summit, which happens July 29-30, 2021. They talked on July 16th at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville.
35 minutes | Jul 17, 2021
Directing Band Across a Wide Spectrum of Socio-Economic Groups. What's Different? What's the Same?
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 challenges. He also talks about what advice he would give himself if he could go back to 1978 when he started his career in rural Pocahontas, Arkansas. Our conversation with Randy is broken up in to two episodes, and this is part two.
34 minutes | Jul 10, 2021
Marching in The Macy's Parade Two Months After 9/11 (and other adventures in a 42-year career)
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.
34 minutes | Jul 3, 2021
Setting Up A Grading and Assessment Structure for Band Students
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.
39 minutes | Jun 26, 2021
Practical Advice for New Band Directors
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 to embrace all of the necessary tasks involved with being a music educator that may not feel very creative or artistic.
71 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Making the Connection between Brain Development and Music Learning
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 problems until they solve them, they are able to control their own emotional responses and understand emotional responses of others and they have significantly better working and long-term memory systems. These enhancements then support higher levels of overall academic achievement, motivation, stress management, self-regulation and awareness. Most notably, music learning has been found to improve neural communication issues associated with autism, ADHD, dyslexia and reading and language learning delays. The research is now starting to reveal why music learning is so effective at enhance brain function. In this week's episode, Nick sits down with Dr. Anita Collins for a conversation on this exciting and impactful research.
29 minutes | Jun 12, 2021
Making The Band Room A Safe And Welcoming Place For All Students
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.
24 minutes | Jun 5, 2021
The Value of Healthy Student Leadership in Your Band Program
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 part 1.
25 minutes | May 29, 2021
Guiding Your Band Program Through a Difficult Time
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 how she and her students dealt with an unexpected crisis in 2019. Kim also shares what advice she would give to aspiring band directors just graduating from college.
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