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 “engage students in North Carolina’s diverse music traditions, to educate them about iconic musicians and their connections to history, and to preserve North Carolina musical heritage.”
Carolina Music Ways benefits school children. Our school show, Carolina Live!—Our Musical History, 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.
Our K-12 Social Studies lessons about the pioneering R&B group from Winston-Salem, the “5” Royales, teach students about the foundations of rock and roll, as well as about important local, state, and national history.
WHO WE ARE
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 Wells Fargo Arts-in-Education Grant from the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County for supporting Carolina Music Ways programs in the schools.
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 the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the University of Tennessee. Until recently, he taught 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. She researches the music history of North Carolina and is the author of North Carolina Music Masters: Old-Time and Bluegrass Legends.
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.