Michael Wall

Michael Wall

  • Uses percussion instruments to create a celebration of learning
  • Engages his audiences with games and simulations to create fun, high impact opportunities to discover and grow
  • Music educator for the Hawaii Arts Alliance Summer Arts Institute

Travels from Oahu, Hawaii

Keynote Fee: Contact Forte Speakers


Michael Wall is many things… percussionist, public speaker, group facilitator, educator, author, songsmith, bard, and mentor… all in service to effective living, healthy community, empowered learning, the celebration of Spirit, and the flowering of creativity.

A big believer in what he calls “metaphoric learning,” Wall uses simulations, games and activities to create fun, high impact situations in which people discover and grow their own skills and motivations through active involvement. Founder of Creative Living Services, Wall has led workshops in Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil since 1985.

Walll began his work as the Lead Facilitator and Curriculum Designer for the 10 day Discovery Life-Skills and Leadership Trainings in New Zealand and Australia in 1987. He is the author of the book Live Your Dreams, and also offers the “Rhythms of Change Team Building Workshop” and the “Authenticity Presentation Skills Seminars.”

As a Level III Artistic Teaching Partner through the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Art’s Artists in the Schools Program, Wall is also the music educator for the Hawaii Arts Alliance Summer Arts Institute. His Playful Percussion curriculum and professional development training helps non-specialist teachers and children of all ages to play music, integrating standards-based musical concepts with math, language arts, social studies or world history studies.

Using Boomwhackers (tuned percussion tubes) Wall’s fun-filled, energetic keynote fully immerses audiences of any size into fully interactive music-making adventures.  In the process, metaphoric connections are made to many important skills useful to learning, collaboration, team play, quality work, leadership and other   themes.

Of course, music focused events are only one of Wall’s many offerings – he is a memorable, heartfelt, dynamic and humorous speaker who is completely comfortable with preparing and presenting a custom presentation for your organization.



This is a participatory adventure into cooperation, self-expression, innovation and fun!   Attendees actively engage in, and reflect on, the process of learning and performing a whole group, six-part percussion arrangement using Boomwhackers.  The process of music-making is a powerful metaphor for understanding the challenges and possibilities inherent in pursuing any new endeavor – be it skill development, a collaborative project, marketing a new idea, starting a business and more. Learn playful approaches to working with the real emotions triggered by unexpected change and learning-related issues. Discover how little there is between the old you – and a new you filled with vision, satisfaction and delight.  Absolutely no musical experience is needed!


“I would not hesitate to recommend Michael to any group that is looking to promote a positive teambuilding atmosphere in their organization.” Dana Matlin, Human Resources, McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii

“Michael’s style of using various musical instruments to create active participation and teamwork is extraordinary. 90% of our staff rated this part of the retreat with highest marks.” Wallace Y. Watanabe, President and CEO, Honolulu City and County Employee Federal Credit Union

“I highly recommend Michael Wall to companies looking to do something fun as well as informative for employees.” John L. fink, General Sales Manager, KHNL/KFVE TV