music education
11:10 pm
Tue July 28, 2009

The Pied Piper of Arkansas

William "Woodpecker" Worden is a modern-day Pied Piper, but instead of leading local children astray, his flute playing and music mentoring helps many youngsters realize their untapped potential.

William “Woodpecker” Worden at the Little Rock Farmer's Market.
Credit Malcolm Glover

As an "artist in education" with the Arkansas Arts Council, Worden gives flute lessons to elementary and middle school students in central and northern Arkansas. Administrators and teachers at over a dozen schools are praising Worden's Spirit Songs Native American Flute Program for its positive impact on troubled youth. FM 89's Malcolm Glover filed this report.

Click here to learn more about William "Woodpecker" Worden and his program.