Our Services

James Baker Music provides high quality music education, focusing on contemporary music and modern methods. When you learn at James Baker Music you are learning from passionate, highly skilled musicians with a love of contemporary music.

Lessons are available for ages 8 and up


Our Staff

All of our teachers are highly trained and experienced performing musicians
We understand the skills and theoretical knowledge critical to becoming a working musician in the modern industry
Each lesson plan is tailored to the individual student
Our expansive teaching library stocks the latest methods, tabs, music, and theory books
Our up to date and fully equipped teaching studios cater to in person and online lessons
We provide a relaxed and supportive learning environment

Lessons are available for ages 8 and up



Nicola Murdoch-Cooke is a vibrant and experienced contemporary vocalist, with many years in the performance industry. From full-scale theatre productions, small intimate performances, recording sessions, music festivals, and local gigs, Nicola’s vocal experience provides students with an interactive and exciting way to build on basic vocal techniques, stage presence, and confidence.

Nicola is a Wagga local who attended Kooringal High School, participating as a lead vocalist in the KHS funk band, and as a dancer and singer in the yearly school productions put on by the high school.

Following Kooringal High, Nicola attended the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts majoring in contemporary vocals. During her time there, Nicola was provided with the opportunity to work with many accomplished musicians, focusing on music theory and attaining a high level of musicianship and a professional standard of performance.

Nicola works with students in a fun and relaxing way to achieve their personal music goals, and boost their confidence in finding their own voice and how to use it to the best of their ability.



Luke is a well rounded and educated musician with a rich history in live performance.

Having trained in classical guitar from a young age, he found a passion for contemporary music and shows great skill and versatility, having played acoustic and electric guitars in Jazz, Funk, Pop/Rock, Country, Blues Rock and Metal bands

Luke has been playing professionally since the age of 18, and you’ll currently find him playing all your Classic Rock favourites in venues around Wagga and surrounding towns. If you haven’t seen Luke play before, you’re missing out! His passion and love for music is evident in his stagecraft.

Through teaching, Luke share’s his passion and knowledge with students to help them find their own joy in music, whilst building a solid foundation in technical and theoretical skills.

Luke teaches beginners through to advanced musicians. Some of his specialties include:

Right hand left hand technique
Basic through to advanced chords
Reading chord charts and tabs
Rhythm playing
Lead playing
Scales and Improvisation
Finger Picking



James Baker is an award winning musical director and accomplished contemporary keyboardist. From recording sessions, to live gigs, cabarets, and music theatre, James’ wealth of experience shines through in his playing and his interactions with students.

With a keen understanding of industry required skills, James endeavours to help students understand modern keyboard techniques, functional chord theory, and improvisation to allow them to flourish into the best possible contemporary musicians.

James works with students to bring out their personal musicality. Whilst he works with every student to develop a solid note reading literacy, there is a much heavier focus on musical theory principles – specifically the interaction of melody, harmony, and rhythm. In short, his experience as a jazz pianist places less focus on the “dots on the page”, and more on creating beautiful, soulful music.

Our Rates

30 Minute Lessons


per 9 week term

60 Minute Lessons


per 9 week term

Our Students

One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces

Performed by student Zac Morehouse

I See Fire

Performed by student Montana Dasey

Danny Boy

Arranged and performed by student Oscar Sweeney

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M: 0400 735 677
E: info@jamesbakermusic.com
F: www.facebook.com/jamesbakermusic
James Baker Music, 6 Fairview Street, Kooringal, New South Wales, Australia