Degrees and Certifications:
B.M.Ed. Furman University M.M.Ed. University of Georgia Ed.D. University of Georgia
Dr. Andy Edwards
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. This is Dr. Edwards’ fourth year teaching Music Technology full time. Previously, he was the band director at Peachtree Ridge High School for six years and band director at Seneca High School in South Carolina for three years. Dr. Edwards’ primary instrument is the saxophone and he has a passion for guitar and mandolin. He was a 2004 graduate of James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, SC where he was part of the AAAAA State Championship Marching Band. Dr. Edwards graduated from Furman University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music Education. In 2017 he completed his doctoral studies for his Educational Doctorate in Music Education from the University of Georgia, where he focused on the measurement of wind band performance quality.
Dr. Edwards is an active researcher for assessment in the music classroom. He has been a speaker at the Georgia Music Educators Conference, National Association for Music Education National Conference, and the National Association for Music Education National Research Conference. He has also been published in the Research Studies in Music Education journal. 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 this daughter Ansley. Outside of music he enjoys woodworking and mountain biking.