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, the focus is less on the “dots on the page”, and more on creating music.

James’ studio is fully equipped with the following:

  • Yamaha C7 Concert Grand Piano
  • Yamaha U1 Upright Piano
  • Yamaha MOXF8 Synthesizer
  • Korg Kronos 88 Synthesizer
  • Nord Electro 6D Synthesizer/Organ
  • iMac running Logic Pro and Native Instruments Komplete 12
  • A collection of Melodicas/Piano Accordians/Organs

All students are encouraged to use the full range of keyboard gear in the studio on a regular basis

Young Beginners

To help build an understanding of written notation, and to strengthen the fingers, we use a wealth of modern keyboard methods in the studio, including resources from Tim Topham, Daniel McFarlane, Eric Baumgartner and Jennifer Eklund.

Each lesson is designed to be engaging and fun in order to build a positive atmosphere around music.

Beginners are actively encouraged to build a regular practice routine, and are often rewarded for reaching their practice goals by playing the grand piano.

Teen/Adult Beginners

Older beginners are put through a streamlined course to develop note reading skills and finger strength, and are often given the basics of the intermediate theory work within the first few weeks of lessons.

Intermediate/Advanced

Intermediate and advanced students work primarily on music theory and music technology.

Subjects include:

  • CHORD THEORY
    Learning common chord progressions, “functional chord theory”, reharmonisation techniques, and harmonic analysis
  • IMPROVISATION
    Learning chord/scale relationships, building motifs, identifying tonal centres
  • TECHNIQUE
    Scales, arpeggios and finger exercises
  • COMPOSITION
    Developing a melody line, music form, harmonisation and reharmonisation
  • MUSIC TECHNOLOGY
    Using notation programs to produce written charts, DAW’s to record music, and programming patches for live use.
  • KEYBOARD APPROACHES
    Focusing on the stylistic differences between keyboards including acoustic piano, rhodes, wurlitzer, hammond, synths, and clavinet

Studio Hours:

Mon-Fri
4-8pm

School Hours:

James currently teaches on location at Mater Dei Catholic College, and Kildare Catholic College. If you are interested in getting James involved in your schools music program, please get in contact via email.

Studio Policies:

The current studio polices on attendance, practice, and payment can be downloaded below

STUDIO POLICIES

Lesson Rates:

30 min lesson: $40
60 min lesson: $80

Full term fees are required in advance, and can be made by Cash, Visa/Mastercard, Paypal, or bank deposit. A 3% processing fee applies for payment via credit/debit card. A late payment fee of $15 applies to any overdue accounts.

Materials:
Method books and materials are charged and listed on student accounts

Contact:

phone: 0408 318 653

email: james@jamesbakermusic.com

facebook: www.facebook.com/jamesbakermusic