Who We Are


WoodSong Publishing is owned and operated by Dawn C. Wooderson and is registered in Aurora, CO, USA.

Dawn is a Teacher and musician with a special interest in Life Experiences in the Second 50 Years.  After teaching music in public schools, serving as a church choir director and organist, and teaching in colleges and universities, Dawn entered several non-traditional ways of teaching in community centers, retirement communities, and health-care facilities with questions: 

  • What place does music have in each person's unique experiences after age 50? 
  • What can musicians do to help others enjoy the benefits of experiencing a variety of musical experiences?
  • How can we harness the power of music for health, healing, and palliative care for older adults with special needs?
  • What can we do to maximize the potential for mental health and a lively life of the mind throughout our later years?

To answer these questions, Dawn visited many senior adult care communities and residences, returned to graduate study in Gerontology at Baylor University, and continues to attend professional conferences. Her study is enriched by presenting a wide variety of music sessions for older adults at learning centers, retreats, community centers, and residential communities.

The Brain Power! classes for active senior adults grew out of her own life-long learning about the mind and brain in later life.  This teaching grew into consulting, teaching other professionals, and offering the carefully selected Mental Fitness resources and Jig-Saw puzzles.

Sharing knowledge gained from a life-time in music in schools, universities, and churches, and 35+ years in older adult services, Dawn speaks at national and regional professional conferences for health-care, social service, and religious organizations. 

Dawn is the author/arranger and producer of WoodSong's Songs of Faith large-print hymnbooks and recordings.   The Guitar Ensembles book is used in universities, colleges, schools and private studios.  Sacred Schulwerk offers Orff materials for Improvisation, Meditation, and Performance in all sacred spaces.

Dawn also teaches piano, guitar, ukulele, autoharp, voice, and music theory and harmony in her home studio.

Dawn's academic credentials include a Ph.D. in Music Education from Florida State University, Graduate study in Gerontology at Baylor University, and Level 2 Orff-Schulwerk Certification.