My name is Luke Baker and I am a Pianist, Oboist and Composer. I currently reside in the downtown area of Durham, North Carolina.
I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where I studied Musical Performance and Composition.
I recently lived in St. Lucia where I worked as a music theory lecturer, project coordinator for the SoundWaves musical training programme for young adults, Woodwinds Instructor, Jazz Band leader, Piano Instructor and as transcriber for Sir Charles Cadet.
I have received commissions for promotional materials and advertisement tracks from businesses as well as composed for a number of chamber series concerts in the academic arena.
I have performed as an Oboist in Carnegie Hall with the Highschool Honors Performance series, recorded the album ´Stories and Sanctuaries´ with the UNC-G Wind Ensemble, and toured with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra under maestro Robert Boudreux.
Gigging as a jazz pianist and accompianist is partly how I got through college. I have performed as a solo pianist in several concert settings throughought my time in college as well as instructed students from early age to adult over the years.
Music is my greatest passion and if you are considering strengthening your utilization of the piano or oboe, or in creating your own music I am comfortable to take you up to a professional level in these areas
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The process for working with a new student is first to establish comfortability and a clear understanding of what the student´s personal goals are.
Once we know eachother and see where you´re at, where you´d like to be and what you want from being able to play the instrument or creating music we can begin implementing a plan.
If there are any immediate goals, events or groups you are commited to we can prioritize working towards those as well
I answer this in my bio aswell and the professional experience and training that speaks to capability would be my recent employment as Piano and Winds Instructor, Theory lecturer, project coordinator, Band Conductor and transcriber with the St. Lucia School of Music, my engagement as an oboist with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, my degree in Musical Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, my commissions for advertisement music from Leadership Team Development Inc.
Further credentials and CV are available upon request
We will discuss the nature of your lessons. Where we will be meeting, what investment (time, study materials, etc.) is necessary to work towards your personal goals and any other details that could impact everyone´s commitment to the lessons.
We will come up with a rate that everyone is comfortable with primarily based on travel and lesson time
I gave lessons during college as one means of supporting myself. I also worked as a proffessional instructor at the St. Lucia National School of Music
I have experience working with students from childhood to adult. Whatever your age, I am comfortable in helping you to work towards your goals
I recently performed national anthems in ceremony for the Canadian minister of foreign affairs and St. Lucian ministry of education and cultural foundation at a review of Canadian investment of the Soundwaves Programme for young adults of which I was the project coordinator.
Find an instructor who will work with you; someone who will stretch you to leave every lesson having accomplished something but whom you feel connected to as well. Music is to be enjoyed as well as respected
Think about your goals. Think about what you want out of music and feel free to talk that through with your teacher.
Let´s all be on the same page