Changing children’s lives by inspiring creative, innovative, and confident thinking; connecting imagination and intellect through the power of music.
Imagine taking your car to a mechanic, who pops open the hood and finds only half an engine. This is what’s happening to children who are not being taught to activate the non-academic side of their brain. Creative thinking skills that are developed through music and the arts enable our children to function in the world at their fullest capacity, ensuring that the whole brain is nurtured. Peer-reviewed medical journals say that neuroscientists, psychologists, and educators feel that nurturing the right hemisphere of the brain is exactly what is needed to supplement left-brained curriculum, and that creative thinking is a direct outgrowth of the skills acquired from music and the arts. (Visit our Music Education Facts area for a link to a great article exploring this subject.)
The Mark Wood Music Foundation (Electrify Your Music) is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization that exists to empower, inspire and electrify promising student musicians for schools with underserved music education programs and student musicians in need of scholarship opportunities and vehicles for self-expression.
International recording artist, electric violinist, and music education advocate Mark Wood, along with his wife Laura Kaye, and his son Elijah, personally travels to cities and schools across the nation to jolt motivation in young musicians, inspiring them to continue in their musical pursuits as well as elevating their self-image and self-esteem, all while augmenting student, parent, teacher and community interest in each school’s music department. Though Mark Wood has been successful in many areas in his life, his primary passion is and always will be music education.
We want students to be able to follow their dreams and connect with their own unique creative gifts! By offering music scholarships, instruments, and other avenues of creative expression, we can give talented young musicians the opportunity to continue their musical pursuits and grow as creative individuals.
- To bring Mark’s Electrify Your Strings! (EYS) music education program for orchestra, band, and choir to schools and communities that aren’t able to afford the program
- To offer music scholarships to talented student musicians who face challenging economic circumstances
- To provide instruments to music departments and deserving student musicians
- To grant scholarships to students and educators to attend MWROC
- To bring in guest artists and faculty to MWROC to enhance campers’ experiences
There are three components to the Mark Wood Electrify Your Music Foundation:
Electrify Your Strings! Music Education Program
Now in its 11th year, EYS awakens student musicians to their highest potential, opening them up to the adventure of music and transforming them into expressive people who can’t wait to learn. Through EYS, Mark travels from city to city uncovering undiscovered talent and allowing students to musically reach for the stars. By bringing EYS to schools and communities that may not be able to afford the program on their existing budgets, Mark hopes to develop an “I can accomplish anything” mentality and spark passion in all facets of each student’s education.
Wood Violins Instrument Donations
Putting instruments in the hands of young musicians who may not be able to afford them allows these musicians to become more excited about music and explore their creative landscape as they never have before.
Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp (MWROC) Scholarship Fund
An expanded, in-depth version of EYS, MWROC is a week-long immersive experience for educators and students who wish to learn all the important skills needed to express themselves creatively at the highest level possible.