THE MUSIC CENTER OFFSTAGE
The Music Center Offstage is a virtual destination that takes you beyond the curtain and brings the beauty, magic and creativity of the arts into your home.
A World Orchestra with Dr. Craig Woodson
Enjoy a fun-filled educational performance with The Music Center on Tour artist Dr. Craig Woodson as he explores the origin, science and playing techniques of homemade musical instruments. Using simple tools and available materials, Dr. Woodson assembles homemade versions of folk instruments and shares how they connect to the families of musical instruments.
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About Our Music Center On Tour Artist
An educator, author, musician and musical instrument-maker, Dr. Craig Woodson holds a doctorate in music from UCLA. His professional career as a musician includes playing drums to back up singers Elvis Presley and Linda Ronstadt. In 1974 he founded the company Ethnomusic, Inc. as an outgrowth of his knowledge and love of African drumming, world music, and his specialization in instrument-making. Later, he was invited to spend three years as a reseracher in Ghana, West Africa where he had first-hand experiences with the people and their musical traditions. In the 1980s, he began presenting his lively, interactive school assemblies to teach young people and teachers about world music, African drumming and percussion. He facilitates drum circles and leads student and teacher workshops on world drumming, drum set, and simple instrument-making. As a consultant to the Remo drum company, he has helped designed several products, such as Sound Shapes and flat drums. Dr. Woodson is also the author of "Roots of Rhythm," a K-8 teacher's guide.