World Music Education Consultant
Dr. Craig Woodson is an educator, author, musician, consultant, and musical instrument maker, holds a doctorate in music from U.C.L.A. His career as a musician includes playing drums with Elvis Presley and Linda Ronstadt. In 1974 he founded Ethnomusic, Inc. as an outgrowth of his specialization in instrument making,African drumming, and ethnomusicology. Later these interests took him to Ghana, West Africa for three years as an invited researcher. In the 1980’s, he began school presentations on world music, African drumming, and percussion from around the world. He has facilitated drum circles and has presented workshops on world drumming in many places.
As a consultant to the Remo drum company, he has had input on several products especially Connecting Sound Shapes. He has published many articles and recently completed the Roots of Rhythm, a K-8 curriculum with two CDs that introduces fifteen percussion instruments from around the world through geography, history, culture, and musical styles. He has served as Director of Education at the Rock and Roll Museum and received several grants, the most recent being from the International Music Products Association (NAMM) to teach his Roots of Rhythm curriculum in the Cleveland area.