Students in Andy Edwards’ music class created their own guitar (the “Ridgecaster”), amplifier, and microphone. Though it might sound like an engineering or shop class project, Edwards says his students learned a lot about music through the experience. He shares how you can do similar projects to teach students lessons about music they might not learn otherwise.
Dr. Andy Edwards is in his thirteenth year of teaching. Currently, he is the Instructional Coordinator for Fine Arts at Peachtree Ridge High School and Lead Teacher for Music Technology for Gwinnett County Public Schools. Dr. Edwards is an active researcher for assessment in the music classroom. In 2019 he was honored by the Give-A-Note Foundation as a winner of the Music Education Innovators Award and grant, as well as, the CIET grant from Gwinnett County Public Schools. Dr. Edwards is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC), and Technology in Music Education (Ti:ME). Dr. Edwards currently resides in Buford, Georgia with his wife, Kinsey Edwards, orchestra teacher at Alton C. Crews Middle School, and his daughter, Ansley. Outside of music he enjoys woodworking and mountain biking.