William Baker

William B.

Los Angeles, CA
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Beginner, Intermediate
Despite the fact that I'm primarily a percussionist, I've been playing piano for even longer, 15+ years, in fact. I graduated with a degree in Music Education and Performance from Berklee College of Music. I'm willing and fully capable of teaching beginning to intermediate piano students, and I have 500+ hours of experience student teaching, working with students at the elementary and high school levels. No matter what piano skills you want to work on, I'm happy to help!

About William B.

I'm a graduate from Berklee College of Music where I studied Music Performance (for Drum Set) and Music Education. I've studied under great teachers including Rod Morgenstein, Henrique De Almeida, Jackie Santos, Steve Wilkes, and the list goes on. I also have experience performing in a wide variety of contexts and genres. In your lessons with me I will help you to achieve any musical goals you have as well as to take your current skills up to the next level and beyond. I have a wealth of knowledge about music theory and teaching methodology, as well as experience in execution of these skills. Your lessons with me will be fun as well as informative, and if you are willing to put in the work I can guarantee you will make progress as my student.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm an easy-going guy, so I won't push you very hard unless you want me too. My lessons will focus on achieving your goals. If you want to master your instrument in general, we will focus on theoretical concepts and technique. If you are looking for a fun time and just trying to learn a few songs, I will help you to do that as well. Regardless of your learning goals, I will strive to make my lessons entertaining as well as informative, and together we will make rapid progress if you're willing to put in some work!

Excepting students of all ages and all levels in and around the greater Twin Cities area.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students must provide their own instruments and have something available to take notes with, but I will provide materials and anything else that is needed.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Drum Set, all genres, but my strongest ones are Rock, Jazz, and Latin styles. I can teach lessons through advanced levels on drums of all sorts and percussion. I can teach or tutor Music Theory to a very high level as well. I am also proficient enough to teach beginner-intermediate piano.

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William is a great teacher. I would recommend him for anyone seeking a teacher for children. He teaches both of ours (5 and 8). He has infinite patience, and power of redirection!

They both enjoy lessons--and they're learning!

Posted Jul 21, 2015
Lynette K.

An excited learning experience

I have had lessons for a month with Billy, and will continue to study with him in future. He is an excellent teacher. Nothing to neat pick, everything is just amazing. He taught every single details of what I should know about drumming, recommended a really helpful textbook to me, and even helped to make my practice a great fun other than a dull work for a beginner. I really appreciate those. If someone is expecting to have an effective and pleasing learning experience, just go ahead try to work with Billy. It is absolutely worth the time and effort. Hope that'd be helpful.

Posted May 5, 2014

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Experience

Percussion Technical Support
Jun 2012 - Present

Berklee College of Music

I work for Berklee College of Music in the Percussion department as a manager of labs and practice spaces. I am the on-call man for when things break that need fixing, and I change the drum heads throughout the college between semesters. In addition to this I answer questions and give advice to fellow students in need. This job has put me in close proximity and contact with many of the greatest drummers around today including John Ramsay (department chair), Steve Wilkes, Ron Morgenstein, Terri Lyne Carington, Henrique de Almeida, and many more.

Student Teacher
Jan 2014 - May 2014

Arlington MA public schools

I've logged 500+ hours student of teaching at an Elementary School and a High School in Arlington Massachusetts.

Research Assistant
May 2013 - Dec 2013

Newbury Comics Fellowship Grant

I worked as a researcher for Nalora Steele of Berklee College of Music's Education Department. We did research on hearing loss in musicians which was extremely enlightening and enjoyable. Be sure to wear ear plugs fellow musicians!

Education

Music Education
Sep 2010 - May 2014

Berklee College of Music

Drum Set Performance
Sep 2010 - May 2014

Berklee College of Music

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Degree in Music Education and Drum Set Performance
Aug 2014

Berklee College of Muisc

I completed school at Berklee College of Music in Summer of 2014 and received degrees in Music Education and Drum Set performance.

Awards

Outstanding Band Member
May 2010

O'Gorman High School

Affiliations

National Association for Music Education
Feb 2013
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