Craig Woodson's World Orchestra
To schedule a performance with this artist, please fill out our booking form below.
One Performance = $750
Two Performances = $1,050
Three Performances = $1,350
Four Performances = $1,550
Capacity = 350
Also available as a pre-recorded performance. Please contact us for more details.
About Craig Woodson's World Orchestra
Dr. Craig Woodson is an educator, musician and musical instrument maker with a doctorate in ethnomusicology. Inspired by children's ideas around the world, he has created more than 250 easy-to-make musical instruments from simple materials that reflect the cultures of Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. In his fun-filled educational performances, Dr. Woodson explores the origin, science and playing techniques of twelve homemade musical instruments. He begins by having the audience play body music that represents the musical families -- string, air, drum and idiophone -- like a cheek drum, lip buzz or a hair plucker. Then students watch as Dr. Woodson shows them how instruments evolved from those first early sounds, for example, how a pole used for fishing became a musical bow, then a guitar or a violin. Using simple tools and available materials such as a Styrofoam cup, fishing line, plastic tubes, coat hangers, dental floss, tape and thumbtacks, Dr. Woodson assembles homemade versions of folk instruments like a coat hanger harp, a garden hose slide whistle, a bobby pin "thumb piano" and a picture frame drum. The finale of the assembly features students and teachers on stage, playing the newly crafted ethnic instruments as well as the real instruments (a Chinese violin, a European bugle, an African talking drum and South American maracas) and performing together as a "World Orchestra" in a fun-filled improvisation. The assembly includes background information about the science and history of music around the world.
Age levels: Grades K-8
Contact us at (213) 972-4310 or firstname.lastname@example.org to book this artist.
Prices good until June 30, 2023. Prices are for assemblies in schools during regular school hours. Performances outside these parameters may incur an additional fee. Grant funding for schools may be available to offset assembly prices. Contact us for further information.