Wade Baker

Wade B.

Vincennes, IN

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I have a fluid teaching approach based on my REAL LIFE EXPERIENCE with an emphasis on improving technique, musicianship and a “truth is love approach” to ensure musical improvement within the first two weeks of lessons! I sincerely believe creating music should be a joyful & fulfilling experience and one that will be a positive change in someone’s life (as it has been for mine). I teach all genres of music on multiple instruments and specialize in audition preparation, real-life gig preparation and musical mastery. I want my students to reach their musical potential and aspirations, while having a good time doing something that they love.

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Wade delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I am a GRAMMY Nominated educator, trumpeter, guitarist, bassist, pianist, singer/songwriter, composer/arranger, drummer and recording artist. I graduated from University of Indianapolis with a Bachelor’s of Arts with a concentration in Jazz Studies and the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music with a Master’s in Jazz Studies, specifically in trumpet. I am currently Director of Instrumental Music at Olney Central College and Linclon Trail College and have taught at Vincennes University in the past.

I work with brass players, improvisors, singers, guitarists/bassists, pianists, drummers & songwriters/producers/composers in a wide age & stylistic range and assorted skill levels with a variety of musical goals. I can teach students to read music and pursue classical excellence, to learn how to play contemporary music using chord sheets, or both depending on the goals and preference of the student. My versatility, experience and formal training helps me to make the learning experience easy, stress free and fun. I can help any student to play or sing with freedom, confidence, and expression.

As a professional recording artist I have frequently taken trips to New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and many more cities for co-writing, recording, gigging and meeting with record labels. I have worked with well-known artists like Bootsy Collins (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Philip Paul (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Leroy Parnell (Country Music Legend), Marshall Jones (Original Bassist for Ohio Players), Liz Mandeville (Chicago Blues Hall of Fame), and Pinetop Perkins (GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award Winner). I love to mentor students who want to become effective, dynamic and versatile musicians.

My personal passion is jazz, blues and soul music but I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any and every style. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!

30 minutes - $25
45 minutes - $37
60 minutes - $50
90 minutes - $75

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Adjunct Faculty
Aug 2017 - Present
Lincoln Trail College

- Jazz Ensemble Director
- Concert Band Conductor
- Teach Private Brass, Piano and Guitar Lessons

Director of Instrumental Music
Aug 2017 - Present
Olney Central College

Course Load:
- Music In Multicultural America
- History of American Music
- Music Appreciation
- Class Piano
- Music Theory I-IV
- Music Fundamentals
- Teach ALL Private Instrumental Lessons (Flute, Oboe, Violin, Clarinet, Saxophone, French Horn, Trombone, Trumpet, Upright/Electric Bass, Guitar, Drum Set)

Ensemble Load:
- Direct the Concert Band
- Direct Big Band
- Direct Jazz Combo
- Direct Contemporary Music Ensemble
- Direct Commercial Music Ensemble
- Direct Olney Community Band

* Director of Recruitment and Retention for the OCC Music Department

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Adjunct Faculty
Aug 2014 - May 2018
Vincennes University

- Jazz Ensemble Director
- Brass Ensemble Director
- Private Lesson Teacher for ALL Brass and Jazz Improv students at VU.


Master of Music in Jazz Studies
Aug 2006 - May 2008
University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music
Bachelor of Arts w/Concentration in Jazz Studies
Aug 2002 - May 2006
University of Indianapolis


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


ISSMA Adjudicator Level 1
Dec 2018
ISSMA (Indiana State School Music Association)

Certified training for adjudicating state (ISSMA) sponsored musical events (ex: solo and ensemble, concert band state finals, etc...).


2020 GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year Quarterfinalist
May 2019
2019 GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year (Quarterfinalist)
Dec 2018
GRAMMY Committee


National Education Association
Aug 2017

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.

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International Trumpet Guild
Jun 1999

The International Trumpet Guild is a non-profit organization founded in 1975 to promote communications among trumpet players around the world and to improve the artistic level of performance, teaching, and literature associated with the trumpet.

Photos & Videos

Trumpet, Guitar and Bass action/promo shots.

Trumpet promo photos

2012 Cincy Winter Blues Fest action shot!!!
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12 Reviews

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Joyce Mar 7, 2019
Trumpet · In studio

Wade is the rare combination of a talented accomplished musician with the ability to communication with the students. He continues to perform and study with experts in the music field. I was truly impressed with how he built relationships with the students. It is obvious that he cares about each individual and wants what is best for him/her.

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Stephen Jan 9, 2019
Trumpet · In studio

Wade is an incredible instructor. He is extremely passionate about his craft which is evident in the way that he teaches his students. He pushed me to be a better musician and I knew that I was receiving high-quality instruction. I would recommend him to anyone. I would take lessons with him again in a heart beat.

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Daniel Jan 5, 2019
Trumpet · In studio

Wade Baker was a great trumpet instructor. One thing I noticed and liked a lot from the moment I met him was that he connected with his students to create a better musical experience. Only good things came out of my lessons and rehearsals with him. I was only under his instruction for a year, but I grew a lot as a player with the help from him and also learned more about music than I ever did before. Wade is a very experienced player in multiple genres of music and he makes sure to use all of what he learned to teach his students. The only downside to being under his instruction was how busy he could be at times, but as a musician myself I completely understood. I would recommend Wade to anyone with how great my experience was with him.

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Myles Jan 5, 2019
Trumpet · In studio

Wade Baker is unmatched in his ability to not only play jazz trumpet, but to break things down in a way that makes sense to students of a variety of skill levels.

Taylor Jan 3, 2019
Piano · In studio

Great Instructor!!! The different chords/voicing and theory knowledge I've gained from these lessons have helped me in a numerous amount of ways. I encourage everyone to take lessons from Wade. It will be well worth your time

Austin Jan 2, 2019
Songwriting · In studio

Wade is awesome! His bright charisma motivated me to push forward in my music career. He also employed many techniques that truly fit my learning style and helped me grow better as a musician.

Sidney Jan 2, 2019
Trumpet · Online

Wade offers quality lessons at an affordable price! Wade was really good about working with my schedule. I enjoyed my lessons with Wade, I also learned so much him. I definitely would reccomend lessons with him to anyone wanting to improve their playing.

Dart Jan 2, 2019
Trumpet · In studio

Wade helped me find my sound in not only music but also my life. He gets to know each and everyone of his students on a personal level and tailors their lessons to fit their goals and needs. I entered his lessons at a beginner level on trumpet and over the next two semester, I was able to work my sound quality up to several years of experience within a short period of time. He is someone who has worked in both the field of education and the music business. With his knowledge he was able advised me through my music, business ventures, and life goals. Out of all of the instructors I have taken lessons through, Wade has been the only one to find a way to teach the material while impacting and interacting with today's way and age of learning. He uses music, books, audio, and media to help suit all ways of learning. I have and still recommend his work today to anyone who is interested in learning music and pursuing the arts.

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Thomas Jan 2, 2019
Trumpet · In studio

Wade Baker is always great to take lessons with. Whenever I need a question answered he always has a great answer. He always approaches a problem from several different directions focusing on the best method for the student with the best results. I have learned a lot from him and he's made me the musician I am today.

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Seth Jan 2, 2019
Trumpet · In studio

Not only is Wade Baker an extraordinary teacher but also bonds on a level with his students that makes them want to achieve greater heights. He pushes his students to their full potential, all while remaining relaxed, friendly, and supportive. As a music Major in college myself I thank most of my success to Wade Baker.

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Neda Greathouse Jan 2, 2019
· In studio

Wade was an amazing instructor who helped me broaden my musical horizons and always had faith in me. His passion for music is contagious and I enjoyed taking lessons from him more than anyone else.

Dalton Jan 1, 2019
Trumpet · In studio

He helped me become a better trombone player

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