Dr. CRAIG WOODSON

Dr. Craig Woodson is music educator, ethnomusicologist, and musical instrument inventor, described on his website www.CraigWoodson.net. He has twelve U.S. patents on musical instruments technology and has invented over 350 simple musical instruments for use by K-12 educators to teach world music, science, history, and art. His 2006 inventions, called Handle-Leg Connectors, connect Remo Sound Shapes together and are being produced by the Remo, Inc. drum company www.Remo.com.

His past work includes three years in Ghana, West Africa where he conducted research on the mass production of African instruments for Ghanaian schools. He has been a music consultant to many organizations including Walt E. Disney Enterprises, NASA, the U.S. State Department,Mick Fleetwood, Inc., and the International House of Blues Foundation. Dr. Woodson has presented educational concerts with organizations such as The National Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Kronos Quartet. In 2000, he was featured in a NASA video on music and science, and he received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to develop a school program about taking music to Mars in 2030.

His 2004 PMC-sponsored curriculum and CDs called Roots of Rhythm are available to download for free at www.RootsofRhythm.net. Dr. Woodson was Senior Director of Education at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum for two years. Currently, Dr. Woodson is a performing artist/teacher, a music consultant, performer, writer, and owner of Ethnomusic, Inc., a world music educational consultancy. He is married with two grown children and lives in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.