OUR TEACHERS

JAMES BAKER: OWNER & TUTOR

CONTEMPORARY PIANO & KEYBOARDS, MUSIC THEORY, MUSIC PRODUCTION

James Baker is an award winning musical director, and accomplished contemporary musician. 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 music.


James runs a fairy jam packed schedule, but lesson availabilities do occasionally crop up


NICOLA MURDOCH-COOKE: TUTOR

CONTEMPORARY VOCALS, STAGE CRAFT, MUSIC THEORY

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.


Nicola currently takes all of our beginner to advanced vocal students


DECLAN LUCAS: GUITAR TUTOR

CONTEMPORARY GUITAR & MUSIC THEORY

Declan Lucas is an accomplished young guitarist with a thorough understanding of a wide range of music styles, including rock, pop, blues, country, folk, metal, and jazz.

Declan grew up in Wagga and attended Kooringal High School where he developed ensemble skills as the lead guitarist in the KHS funk band and yearly productions. He has also been a part of multiple professional ensembles, currently playing in “MOTO”, a four-piece band crafting original pieces flavoured with jazz-fusion, rock, and afro-beat elements.

With a focus on contemporary guitar technique, functional chord theory, and improvisational skills, Declan allows his students to explore exactly what they find most interesting about music. With step by step, engaging, student-specific learning, and integration of theory and practical skills, he helps his students progress into well rounded and developed musicians.

Through his enthusiastic, caring, and easy-going personality, students are given a relaxed and encouraging environment in which to explore their instrument and develop a love for learning.


STUDIO HOURS, RATES & POLICIES

Online Studio Hours:

Mon-Fri
12-8pm

School Hours:

You can access lessons from James Baker Music on location at the following schools:

Mater Dei Catholic College

Kildare Catholic College

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To register your interest in lessons, click the big button below and fill out the form. Once we have your details, you’ll be placed on the waiting list and be notified of any lesson availabilities

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2021 Lesson Rates:

30 min lesson: $374.40 per 9 week term
60 min lesson: $748.80 per 9 week term

Full term fees are required in advance, and can be made by Visa/Mastercard, Bank Deposit, or Direct Debit. Processing fees apply to Visa/Mastercard and Direct Debit payment options. A late payment fee of $15 applies to all overdue accounts.

Materials:

Materials are on-charged to student accounts

Contact:

text: 0400 735 677

email: info@jamesbakermusic.com

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