Brad Baker

Head of Piano | Piano | Keyboard

What do you teach at the Con?

Keyboard and piano.

What genres do you teach?

Classical and popular.

What is it that you love about teaching music – particularly at Wollongong Conservatorium?

I love helping students achieve their goals, whatever these goals may be, and fostering a life-long appreciation and love of music. I enjoy working at the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music because of its diversity of programs and the quality of its music instruction.

Please share a particular career highlight and why it’s special to you.

Over the years I’ve taught a number of young musicians who’ve had a fear of performing. In one particular case, I had a student who refused for several years to participate in a performance. Assisting this student in overcoming this fear has, and remains a highlight of my teaching career.

What’s one piece of music that you’d recommend people listen to?

When I need a pick me up, I listen to the first movement of Prokofiev’s First Piano Concerto in D flat Major. My favourite recording of this work is by Andrei Gavrilov (1978 EMI Classics).