Will Parker is an award-winning musician and teaching artist from Texas. Will writes and performs music for kids and adults, and he teaches workshops on songwriting, improvisation, and the intersection of creativity and spirituality. He has a passion for building arts-based communities, and helping people of all ages discover the confidence they need to unlock their innately creative selves.
Music for Kids Ages 1-100
Will regularly tours the country, playing high-energy shows for kids. During his whimsical and interactive concerts, he plays guitar and harmonica and sings original songs that engage the audience in singing-along, dancing, high-fiving, and imaginative play. He has released two award-winning children’s albums, and he has an active YouTube channel featuring fun and entertaining musical content for kids.
Folk Punk Dad
Folk Punk Dad is Will's solo project. Will has been immersed in a wide range of musical influences over the years--as is apparent in his tendency to fuse genres. From alt-rap to folk-punk to indie rock, he uses a variety of styles in his songs. Seen on guitar, ukulele and harmonica, his shows are engaging and high-energy. He writes and sings about mental health, recovery, healing, hope, and whatever else is on his mind and heart.
Public Universal Friends
Public Universal Friends (aka PUF Players) are a musical improv troupe based in New Haven, CT that also practices spiritual reflection as a part of their work. At their shows, they perform short and long-form musical improv, and after the show, they engage the audience in talk back discussions about the intersection of spirituality, creativity, music, and improvisation.
Talks and Presentations
Creativity and Faith
Addiction Recovery & the Arts
Music and Mental Health
Improvisation as a Way of Life
Arts-Integrated Curriculum Planning
Social Emotional Learning Through the Arts
Improvisation Skills for Classroom Teachers
Community-Making and Belonging in the Classroom