Tabor College music prep school director J. Bradley Baker

Education

  • D.M.A., Piano Performance, The University of Alabama
  • M.M., Piano Performance, Cleveland Institute of Music
  • B.M., Piano Performance, North Dakota State University

Professional Background

  • Assistant Professor of Music – Piano & Collaborative Piano (Current)
  • Director, Music Preparatory School, Tabor College (Current)
  • Orchestral Keyboardist, Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Wichita, Kansas (Current)
  • Orchestral Keyboardist, Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Adjunct Instructor of Music Theory, Judson College Distance Learning, Marion, Alabama
  • Director of Chamber Music and Scheduling, Hot Springs Music Festival
  • Assistant Professor of Music, Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Adjunct Lecturer in Piano, The University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, Texas
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Instructor of Aural Skills, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Certifications

  • National Certified Teacher of Music in Piano, Music Teachers National Association

Recognition & Awards

  • William Kurzban Award, Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Theodore Presser Scholar, North Dakota State University

Courses Taught

  • Tabor College: Applied Piano, Collaborative Piano, Piano Seminar, Collaborative Piano Seminar, Music Theory I-III, Music History & Literature 1 & 2, Diction 1
  • Judson College: Applied Piano, Class Piano I–IV, Music Theory I-IV, Form & Analysis
  • Stillman College: Music Theory & Aural Skills, Music Appreciation, Introduction to Finale
  • The University of Texas at Tyler: Accompanying, Harmony & Keyboard Skills
  • The University of Alabama: Aural Skills & Musicianship 1

Publications

  • Baker, J. Bradley. (2014). An Edition of Ottorino Respighi’s Fantasia Slava, P. 50 with an Analysis of His Early Style. The University of Alabama. [Doctoral Document]

Presentations

  • Baker, J. Bradley. (2018, February). “Establishing a Foundation for Effective Musical Collaboration in Beginning and Intermediate Piano Students” Newton Area Music Teachers Association [Lecture].
  • Baker, J. Bradley with Kevin T. Chance, Amanda Johnston, and Louise Lofquist (2018, January). “The Challenges of Operatic Coaching: A Collaborative Pianists’ Panel.” National Opera Association National Conference [Plenary Session].
  • Baker, J. Bradley. (2017, October). “Singing at the Piano.” Kansas
  • Music Teachers Association State Conference [Breakout Session].
  • Baker, J. Bradley. (2016, October). “The Inner Struggle: Methods to Conquer Performance Anxiety in Ourselves and Our Students,” Newton Area Music Teachers Association [Lecture].
  • Baker, J. Bradley. (2015, October). “Making Music with your Pianist in Ten Minutes or Less,” Tabor College Voice Festival and Competition [Lecture].
  • Baker, J. Bradley. (2015, February).  “Preparing the Musical Score for Successful Collaboration,” The University of Alabama [Lecture and Master Class].
  • Baker, J. Bradley. (2015, January). “Modeling: Analysis of its Role in Piano           Instruction and Methods for Increasing its Effectiveness,” Birmingham Music Teachers Association [Lecture].
  • Baker, J. Bradley. (2014, September). ““Effective Practice Techniques: A Guide to Getting the Most Out of the Practice Room,” Stillman College [Faculty Lecture].
  • Baker, J. Bradley. (2014, April). “Modeling: Analysis of its Role in Piano Instruction and Methods for Increasing its Effectiveness,” The University of Alabama [Doctoral Lecture].
  • Baker, J. Bradley and Jenny Mann (2013, June). “Lesser Known Works for Bassoon and Piano,” International Double Reed Society Conference [Recital].
  • Baker, J. Bradley and Marcus Miller (2011, June). “Sacred Echoes: An Overview of Selected Western Sacred Vocal Music Genres,” Christian Scholars Conference [Lecture and Recital].

Service

  • President, Newton Music Teachers Association (Current)
  • Collaborative Music Chair, Advisory Board, Kansas Music Teachers Association (Current)
  • Update Editor, Kansas Music Teachers Association (Current)
  • Pianist, Coach, Conductors Committee (Member), National Opera Association (Current)
  • Vice President, Newton Music Teachers Association (2017–2018)
  • Volunteer Instructor, Osher Life-Long Learning Institute, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Guest adjudicator: McPherson Music Teachers Association Music Progressions (2018); Wichita Area Music Teachers Association Music Progressions (2017); KSHSAA State Solo & Ensemble Festival (2017); KSHSAA State Large Group Music Festival (2017); Manhattan Music Teachers Association Piano Concerto Competition (2017); University of Texas at Tyler Piano Skills Festival (2017); KMTA District III Fall Auditions (2016); MTNA Kansas State Piano Competition (2016); Southwestern Piano Festival (2016); West Central MTNA Division Competition (2016); KSHSAA Regional Festival (2016, 2018); Wichita Area Music Teachers Association Concerto Competition (2016); Kilgore College Bach Festival, Kilgore TX (2015); Mississippi Music Teachers Association Finals. Jackson, MS (2015); Alabama Federation of Music Clubs, Elementary and Junior Division (2014); East Texas Music Teachers Association Competition, Tyler, TX (2014); Longview Music Teachers Association Competition, Longview, TX (2014); Marshall Music Teachers  Association Competition, Marshall, TX (2014); Alabama Federation of Music Clubs, Senior Division Finals, Birmingham, AL (2013)

Recordings

  • J. Bradley Baker. Felt: Striking Works for Solo Piano. Navona Records, 2015. CD.

Website

www.JBradleyBaker.com