After Hours: Conversations for Music Educators

After Hours: Conversations for Music Educators


Latest Episodes

Being Positive And Proactive When Advocating For Your Music Program
March 29, 2024

This week Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Dr. Emily Williams Burch, Professor of Music at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA. Dr. Burch was also named to the 2023 Yamaha 40 Under 40 list of Music Educators. In this episode w

Looking At The Business Of Choir To Build And Maintain A Successful Choral Program
March 10, 2024

This week Nick Averwater talks with Dr. Emily Williams Burch, Professor of Music at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA. Dr. Burch was also named to the 2023 Yamaha 40 Under 40 list of Music Educators. In this episode we'll learn about

Focusing On Potential And Progress (Not Perfection) To Maintain A Successful Band Program
February 06, 2024

This week Nick Averwater talks with Dr. Timothy Sexton, Associate Director of Bands for Tarpon Springs Leadership Conservatory For The Arts in Tarpon Springs, Florida, a city of around 25,000 located 25 miles northwest of Tampa. Dr. Sexton has also recent

Successfully Recruiting Students For Your Orchestra Program
January 20, 2024

This week Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Johanna Kitchell, Orchestra Director for Riverside Intermediate and Junior High Schools in Fishers, Indiana, a northeastern suburb of Indianapolis with a population of nearly 100,000. Johanna is als

Effectively Coordinating Schedules For Students Who Participate In Both Athletics And Music
January 02, 2024

This week Nick Averwater talks with Johanna Kitchell, Orchestra Director for Riverside Intermediate and Junior High Schools in Fishers, IN, a northeastern suburb of Indianapolis with a population of around 95,000. Johanna is also a conductor with the Indi

Ways That Music Education Has Changed (Often For The Better) After The Pandemic
November 29, 2023

This week Nick Averwater talks with Dr. Matthew Arau, Chair of the Music Education department at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Dr. Arau was our guest on two episodes in April 2023, but we realized that there was much more to talk about that

Teaching Trombone For The Non-Trombonist, Part 2
November 05, 2023

This week Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Dr. Bruce Faske, Associate Professor of Trombone at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. In the last episode Dr. Faske shared ideas for band directors who are non-trombonists, but are teaching th

Teaching Trombone For The Non-Trombonist, Part 1
October 25, 2023

This week Nick Averwater talks with Dr. Bruce Faske, Associate Professor of Trombone at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. He has taught at the University since 2014, and in this episode we'll learn more about the path that brought him to Northe

Ideas To Build Strong Connections Between Music Programs And Communities
October 09, 2023

This week Nick Averwater talks with Franklin Willis, Community Impact Director for the Country Music Association Foundation. He has been with the foundation since August of 2022 after 13 years as a music educator. In this episode we'll learn more abo

More Helpful Information From The State Of Music Education Survey, Version 4
September 21, 2023

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. Versio