Marsha Goodman-Wood is a singer/songwriter, guitar player, and leader of DC-based kindie band, Marsha and the Positrons. The band plays fun, positive songs about science and how the world works, with shows that are playful, educational, and entertaining for kids and grown-ups, too.
Kathy O’Connell, host of WXPN Kids Corner, calls Marsha a “DC rocker who takes an occasional jazzy turn,” and says the new record, Positronic, features “some terrific collaborations with other kindie folk.” A winner of a 2019 Parents’ Choice Foundation Gold Award, and a NAPPA Parenting Products Award, the record has earned radio airplay in the USA and internationally, including some play on Sirius/XM. Like Marsha’s earlier solo effort Gravity Vacation, Positronic has won praise and songwriting awards for its clever lyrics, positive messages, and catchy sound! Their newest single, "Virtual School," puts a positive spin on online learning, focusing on some unexpected advantages of the current situation.
The Washington Post calls Marsha and the Positrons "...among the Washington area's most creative and distinctive" children's musicians. According to the Baltimore Fishbowl, "talented/celebrated/scientifically astute yet adorably warm and amusing...Goodman-Wood has a reputation for getting kids up and dancing.”
Besides getting audiences singing along and dancing to songs that inspire curiosity about science, the band plays kid-appropriate pop covers, parodies, and traditional favorites at schools, libraries, museums, festivals, fairs, concert series and more. They send families home with smiles on their faces and plant the seeds for good conversations.
The Kids Can Groove music blog calls Marsha “a ninja in disguise...who makes music for clever kids with sharp imaginations and active minds brimming with curiosity...". As a songwriter, Marsha brings her educational background and combines it with her experience as a music and drama teacher as well as her role as a mom of three.” In her life before kindie, Marsha was a cognitive neuroscientist.
Parenting blog We’ll Eat You Up, We Love You So says, “Goodman-Wood was no ordinary children's singer...She was very, very good. Her clear voice reminded me of Carole King...Her stage presence was lively without being grating, a highly delicate balance for a children's performer.”
Marsha and the Positrons feature accomplished bass player Wardell Howell; multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Ayanna Gallant; drummer Kristen Arant; and fiddler Chelle Fulk. Playing as a duo, trio, or full band, Marsha and the Positrons always bring their positive energy to the stage!