EdTech music is a project by Anthony Lees, an educator, course leader and speaker from the UK. Following a decade as a class teacher, in a move to specialise, he began a full time business, ‘WorldBeat Media’ which encompassed music workshops, instrumental tuition, extended whole class instrumental and music technology projects, staff CPD events and in parallel a range of media services including web and print design.
After moving back into mainstream teaching Anthony closed the business and rebadged the initial collection of resources under this new name. He has since continued to create and curate music education resources for the benefit of others as a hobby to maintain connected to this first love.
The focus of this site is on how EdTech, apps, tools, sites and digital resources can enrich the learning experience, support less confident educators, and hopefully bring new dimensions and greater enjoyment to more experienced teachers.
In recent years this has organically grown into a small YouTube channel, blog and newsletter that all reach out from this site. Much of the content on this site is taken from those projects, and reorganised into categories rather than chronologically.
To find out about the organisation of this site and the overarching principles of its makeup, you can visit the ‘Start Here‘ page.
Hi friends. So the above passage gives you a flavour of where EdTechMusic came from, how after ten years in the classroom I took a number of years to work across hundreds of schools in the south west of England, teaching extended whole class music projects to primary (elementary) students and working alongside class teachers and other specialist teachers. I learnt so much in that time – when you watch others teach you always learn something! I also had the freedom to focus on my most loved subject and write schemes of work, policies, development plans and really drill down into what I believed the core of good music education looked like at the time.
In the decade since, I have moved through a single academy trust as a specialist teacher, into leadership roles and now deputy at my school, maintaining subject leadership of both music and EdTech across the trust schools. I still also deliver a wide range of staff training nationally through the various school-to-school support services we deliver. It is a wonderful role.
Anthony Lees is an elementary educator from the UK. He is a deputy head, subject lead and specialist leader of education as part of his trust’s teaching school. Through various hubs and national initiatives he delivers regular professional development events and courses in music, educational technology and computing. He also supports schools and MATs as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and Microsoft MIE Trainer and Skype Master Teacher.
So you can see that as a passion project I am really glad to be able to continue this site in my spare time, maintaining current subject knowledge, and innovating with the ways technology can support education and music education.
I also find the related skills this requires me to continue to develop around publishing, presenting, recording, course creation, media design and web publishing force me to stay current and continue to learn. That too is it’s own reward.
So this site isn’t going anywhere – I hope you find something that is of use to you, and find it as enjoyable as I do. Please consider reaching out via the contact page or connecting on any of the social media sites I am present on as EdTechMusic. You can follow this project via the YouTube channel, podcast and newsletter, and I’m always delighted when people take the time to give feedback and tell me what has worked for them and what could do with some more buffing.