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 currently teaches intermediate to advanced students focusing on pop/rock/jazz harmony, licks and scales, grooves, and keyboard techniques.

An audition may be required for lessons with James.


DANIEL "MUZ" MURRAY: TUTOR

CONTEMPORARY PIANO & KEYBOARDS, MUSIC THEORY

Daniel has been a pianist for almost 30 years. He’s toured multiple times around Australia, New Zealand, UK and much of Europe, performing in prestigious venues such as the Sydney Opera House and St Peters Basilica in The Vatican.

Some of the many artists Daniel has performed with include Guy Sebastian, Casey Donovan, Paulini, Felix Riebl (from The Cat Empire), Rhonda Burchmore, David Harris, Nathan Foley, Trevor Ashley, Darren Coggan and the Sydney Youth Orchestra.

Along with performing, Daniel predominantly focuses his efforts on arranging and orchestrating music. His music has been featured numerous times on national television such as in the NSW Schools Spectacular, and performed by world-class ensembles such as the Sydney Philharmonia.

Daniel was raised in Tamworth, NSW, where he began learning piano at the age of 4. He graduated from the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music. His study was focussed on both Classical and Jazz Piano, and Conducting. In his final year, Daniel was awarded the Philip Emlyn Thomas Keyboard Scholarship.

Since high school, Daniel has been a music tutor at various music camps, events, and workshops around NSW. He’s developed a strong relationship with the NSW Department of Education Arts Unit, which provides opportunities for public school students to develop high level music skills. Daniel is a highly sought after accompanist for vocal soloists, instrumentalists and ensembles.


Daniel currently takes all our beginner students, and a handful of lucky intermediate to advanced students.

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

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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2020 Lesson Rates:

30 min lesson: $360 per 9 week term
60 min lesson: $720 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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