AB magna cum laude, special honors in music, Hamline University, 1950. Master of Arts in musicology, Cornell University, 1952. Postgraduate, University Munich, 1954.
Doctor of Philosophy in musicology, Cornell University, 1960.
Instructor, Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, Ohio., 1955-1957; assistant professor, Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, Ohio., 1957-1960; assistant professor, U. Kansas, Lawrence, 1960-1963; associate professor, Tulane University, New Orleans, 1963-1968; associate professor, U. North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1968-1971; professor, U. North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1971-1979; director graduate studies in music, U. North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1977-1979, 83-84, 86-88; James Gordon Hanes professor humanities in music, U. North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1979-1992; James Gordon Hanes professor emeritus humanities in music, U. North Carolina, Chapel Hill, since 1992; John Bird professor of music, U. Wales, Cardiff, 1993-1995. Lecturer, chairman panels regional, national and international meetings, conferences, symposiums, 1964-1990.
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Member American Museum Society (honorary. Chairman Southeast chapter 1969-1971, member council 1969-1971, 75-77, board directors 1977-1979, president 1980-1982, delegate to American Council Learned Societies 1984-1988, to International Congress Strasbourg 1982), Music Library. Association (board directors 1968-1970), Society for American Music, International Association Jazz Educators, International Trumpet Guild.
Married Doris J. Arvin (divorced 1976). Children: Thomas A., Jesse N. Woodsmith. Married Ann M. Woodward.