Jeffrey Reid Baker: Teacher


In 1968, I placed my first piano instruction advertisement in the local Pennysaver. I have been teaching ever since. I did my official student teaching in mathematics, my minor in college, at a local junior high school. Math is a subject with clearly defined guidelines and it was my plan to bring those guidelines to the teaching of playing the piano. And, as a perk, teaching the piano made me a far better pianist. An old Jewish saying, "Teaching is learning when done by example."

I have also used YouTube to post video performances of student piano pieces. I use 4 cameras to record all of the angles so students can "see" the whole physical aspect of the piece as it is played. This is probably the first time a professional pianist has recorded Grade 1 - 3 piano pieces for students to see.  I am proud to have broken the ice here.

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