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STUDENT WORKSHOPS

Many thousands of students in hundreds of workshops across the United States and overseas have made Dr. Woodson's easy-to-make instruments. Typically his designs begin with ideas from varied cultures; his goal is to stay as faithful as possible to the instrument's authentic sound. The student workshops include:

  • Hands-on instrument-making and playing activities
  • Use of recyclable materials and parts specifically designed for these projects
  • Composing simple music in a graphic box notation called TUBS
  • Conducting the music that students compose during the workshop
  • Performing students' own compositions and improvising
  • A 60-minute workshop time, up to 5 per day
  • Valuable lessons for teachers in creative cross-disciplinary content and classroom management
  • Ideas for follow-up activities
  • An invitation for parent volunteers to attend and help during the event

OUTCOMES
Some of the important outcomes of his student workshops are as follows:

  • Creatively looking at something and seeing its value as something else
  • Discovering the value of recycled materials to make musical instruments
  • Cooperative learning: 'help your neighbor, ask your neighbor for help, and solve your problems'
  • Learning about world cultures and how to show respect for them
  • Manipulating one's hands like a tool kit
  • Skills in the use of simple tools
  • Composing and conducting your own music
  • Improvising music with simple instruments
  • Scientific aspects of making a musical instrument
  • Experiencing cultural context of world instruments

TYPES OF INSTRUMENTS
Dr. Woodson makes over 300 types of simple musical instruments for use in his workshops including drums, idiophones, and strings. The typical K-8 instruments for the student workshops are as follows:

  • Pre-K to 1:Shaker/horn/spoons/bonker - a composite of these four sounds
  • 1-2:Drumpet - a combination drum, horn, string, percussion tube, and scraper
  • 2-3:Shamisen composite - a combination string, shaker, drum and flute
  • 3-4:Drumbone - a combination trombone, drum and shaker
  • 4-5:Lakota Drum - the traditional Lakota frame drum with handle
  • 4-6:Drumpetarolinaker - a combination guitar, violin, trumpet, drum and shaker
  • 4-8:Talking drum - a traditional talking drum from Africa

More advanced instruments for his workshops often include:

  • 2-4:Ranat ek - a 5 to 7 note xylophone
  • 4-8:Kalimba - a plucked idiophone also called a 'thumb piano'
  • 4-8:Adufe - a double headed frame drum
  • 4-8:Diddley Bow - board zither for teaching the blues
  • 4-8:Slide whistle - a variable pitched, fipple flute
  • 4-8:Bongos - a drum set

WORKSHOP COSTS
Northeast Ohio.

  • One workshop for 30 students is $150.00.
  • One workshop for 60 students is $225.00.
  • Up to 5 workshops per day are possible
  • If booked without an assembly in this geographic area there is a two workshop per day minimum.
  • Discounts are available if 3 or more workshops are purchased.

Other areas of Ohio

  • One workshop for 30 students is $175.00.
  • One workshop for 60 students is $250.00.
  • Up to 5 workshops per day are possible
  • If booked without an assembly in this geographic area there is a two workshop per day minimum.
  • Discounts are available if 3 or more workshops are purchased.

Outside of Ohio

  • One workshop for 30 students is $200.00.
  • One workshop for 60 students is $275.00.
  • Up to 5 workshops per day are possible
  • If booked without an assembly in this geographic area there is a two workshop per day minimum.
  • Discounts are available if 3 or more workshops are purchased.

MATERIAL COSTS
Each instrument costs from $2.50 to $5.00 per student depending on the instrument and potential shipping costs (if needed); all tools and materials are supplied by Dr. Woodson.


NOTE: In the past, funding for these instruments has often come from students providing the needed 'materials fee.'


TRAVEL COSTS

Expenses for travel may apply to any area in the U.S., but will increase with greater distances from Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Travel expense within 25 miles of Chagrin Falls is included in the price. These costs might include:

  • Fuel costs at $0.50 per mile
  • Per diem for miscellaneous expenses including meals if needed
  • Overnight lodging if needed
  • Cab fare if needed
  • Air flight and related travel costs if needed
  • Shipping or excess baggage fees if needed

SCHEDULE WORKSHOPS

To schedule workshops, use the online scheduling form.

In the Greater Columbus, Ohio area. Contact Oulanje Regan at the Greater Columbus Arts Council to book Dr. Woodson, fees include some travel expenses, but overnights and per diem are additional.


In Southern California area.

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