CAROLINA MUSIC WAYS (CMW) is a 501 (c)3, tax-exempt, non-profit arts-in-education organization based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Our mission is to “educate children in North Carolina about the state's diverse musical heritage and inspire them to participate in its rich music traditions.”
Carolina Music Ways benefits school children. Our school show, Carolina Live!—Our Musical Heritage, and related classroom lessons bring history to life through North Carolina music, inspire passion for a variety of music, and celebrate North Carolina's multicultural music heritage.
A dedicated Board of Directors governs Carolina Music Ways. Please click here for a list of CMW board members.
Board members are grateful to The Winston-Salem Foundation and the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County for supporting Carolina Music Ways programs in the schools, as well as to the Piedmont Triad Regional Council for their technical support.
Matt Kendrick, Musical Director, is in charge of all musical aspects of our school show. A double bassist and composer, Kendrick is one of North Carolina’s most respected jazz artists. A two-time recipient of the North Carolina Jazz Fellowship, he received jazz and classical training at University of North Carolina and the University of Tennessee. He teaches music at Wake Forest University.
Elizabeth Carlson, Ed.M., Educational Director, writes our school show script and curriculum. She is an elementary school educator who has taught at many grade levels and holds degrees from Princeton University (American Studies/English) and the Harvard Graduate School of Education (Language and Literacy).
Jo Daniels, Technical Director, is in charge of all audio/visual aspects of our school show. Mr. Daniels is the CEO of Vision Digital Projects, a production company specializing in live music and theater productions. He is also a performing musician with years of experience in music production and recording.
In 2003, Carolina Music Ways began as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Board members included a diverse group of musicians, educators, and local historians who immersed themselves in researching North Carolina’s multicultural musical heritage, with a focus on the northwest Piedmont region.
After a number of years, CMW presented its research to the public via an extensive web site, which served as a North Carolina cultural tourism resource. In 2008, CMW produced a CD featuring a variety of area music styles and musicians.
In 2009, CMW’s Board of Directors enthusiastically decided the organization would focus on educating North Carolina school children about their state’s outstanding musical heritage. In 2010, CMW created its own musical revue on this topic for school assemblies they titled the Old Timey Radio Show. The show and related curriculum piloted that same year to enthusiastic audiences of students, teachers, and principals. In 2015, Carolina Music Ways changed the show’s name to Carolina Live!—Our Musical History to better reflect the show’s focus.