Adjunct Instructor of Songwriting
Deanna Walker, Adjunct Artist Teacher of Piano, has been a Blair faculty member since 1998. She is a composer, pianist, songwriter, and producer. She studied composition with Morris Cotel and Jean Eichelberger-Ivey at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and piano with Thomas Uchtmann at Eastern New Mexico University.
Walker has had numerous commissions, and Family Plot in Four Scenes, for soprano and piano, was chosen for performance at the CMS International Conference in Costa Rica in June, 2003.
Walker has taught workshops in songwriting across the U.S., England and Canada. She co-authored the Composition Books, Levels 1-3, for Alfred’s Basic Piano Library (more than 50,000 copies sold). As a clinician for Alfred Publishing, she has given piano clinics around the country.
Walker has been the national chair of Music Teachers National Association Composer Commissioning Program, 2003-2005. She has also been a speaker at the national, division, state, and local conventions of the Music Teachers National Association. As a composition teacher, she’s had national, division, state, and local winners of the MTNA Composition Contest.
Walker has recently acted as executive producer for FPR Records, a division of Chafie Press, as they released ground-breaking transmedia technology in the form of an interactive, immersive book app for The Survivor Series. On that subject, she was a panelist at the Publishing App Expo in NYC in December, 2011, “The Merits of Interaction: Transmedia Apps & the Reinvention of Storytelling.”