Hal WalkerSinging, Songwriting, & Multi-Instrumentalist
A singer, a songwriter and a “musical explorer,” Hal Walker has been actively working as a teaching artist in Ohio since 1996. Voted Cleveland’s “Best Musician” by readers of the Scene Magazine for two years in a row, Hal is one of Ohio’s musical treasures. He has the unique ability to engage, fascinate, and connect with audiences of all ages. With a soaring baritone voice, he sings soul-searching songs that celebrate community, diversity, and the creative process. He composes and improvises on the piano, guitar, voice, harmonica, jaw harp, and a few instruments that you’ve probably never seen before. The “melodious khaen” is a mouth organ from Northeast Thailand made out of bamboo pipes. The “banakulas” are an African rhythm instrument that you have to see in order to believe. And the “turkey baster” is a kitchen utensil upon which Hal can play “The Star Spangled Banner.”
Hal Walker is a veteran teaching artist on the rosters of the Ohio Arts Council, Children’s Concert Society of Akron, and the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning. One Ohio educator writes, “Mr. Walker quickly became one of the students’ favorite teachers. He had a very calming personality that kept the students engaged and excited. Even when there were students with learning disabilities or behavioral issues, Mr. Walker handled the students as a well-seasoned educator. The students often asked if Mr. Walker was in the building because they looked forward to the days when they would have music class with him.”
Hal Walker has released several albums of his original music, including the 2016 release of “Life Wonderful.” Also, Hal has been the music director at the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Kent since 1996.
Grade Levels/Age Groups
- Grades 1-3
- Grades 4-5
- Grades 6-8
- Grades 9-12
- Young Adult
Facilities and Resources Required
- Audio System
- Electrical Outlets
- Performance Space
Videos courtesy of the teaching artist.