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Dr David Baker
Room 931 (Core B, Level 9)
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
London
WC1H 0AL
Appointment
  • Associate Professor
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education
Biography

David Baker is Associate Professor at the UCL Institute of Education, London where he is Programme Leader for the Music Education MA and Academic Head of Learning and Teaching for the Department of Culture, Communication and Media. David also serves on the panel of ethics reviewers at UCL. At the Institute, David runs the Special Interest Group, a series of research seminars for staff members and students relating to music education and related fields presented by internationally-recognized scholars from the UK and overseas. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and, in 2018, became a fellowship assessor. In the past, David has been Module Leader for the MA in Instrumental Teaching at Reading University, UK, and also for the postgraduate certificate and diploma “The teaching musician” at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London. He has supervised MA research on a variety of music education topics.


David’s other academic activities include peer-reviewing for a number of leading music education journals, writing book reviews, and he has published various research articles and book chapters on music education. His co-authored book with Lucy Green on their Arts and Humanities Research Council "Visually-impaired musicians’ lives" work (see below) was published by Routledge in 2017. He has also participated in the development of music degree courses for Plymouth University, including serving as External Examiner, and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, for their MA programme.


Some of David's early musical experiences were in brass bands on the South Coast of England. He comes from a background as a trumpet player and music teacher, having taught in UK primary and secondary schools for over 10 years. He learned the trumpet with David Mason who can be heard on “Penny lane” by the Beatles. David is a member of the Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain; and is also committee member for the Baluji Music Foundation, a UK registered charity that supports blind and partially-sighted musicians. He received his PhD in Music Education in 2005, which gained a Bernarr Rainbow Award in 2003. 

Research Summary

David was Principal Investigator for "Visually-impaired musicians’ lives", a UCL project concerning blind and partially-sighted musicians funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, 2013–15, and supported by the Royal Academy of Music, London and Royal National Institute of Blind People, UK. This work has taken him as a researcher, seminar and conference presenter to Australia, India, Norway, Sweden and the USA. As an extension of this, he travelled to Chennai, Bangalore, Calcutta and New Delhi, India in 2016 visiting blind musicians and special schools with a British Council/Arts Council England grant. David has also collaborated with Mary Stakelum on a Research Endowment Trust Fund project at Reading University that explored primary teachers' conceptions of musical ability, 2011–12. He has been appointed UCL Honorary Senior Research Associate, 2016–19; and, in the past, held posts as Senior Research Officer at UCL, including his work for Lucy Green on the "Ear playing project". This was funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, 2011–12, and brought Green's "informal learning" approaches as applied in Musical Futures into the instrumental teaching studio.


Selected research interests:

  • blind and partially-sighted musicians' lives and learning
  • visual impairment, music and education
  • accessible music technologies
  • musicians' life stages
  • playing music by ear
  • biographical research, narratives and life histories
  • musical ability
  • pedagogical training in the music conservatoire


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Teaching Summary

MA in Music Education (Programme Leader)

PhD and EdD supervisor


Appointments
2018 Associate Professor Department of Culture, Communication and Media UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
2018 Academic Head of Teaching and Learning Department of Culture, Communication and Media UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
2016 Programme Leader, MA in Music Education Department of Culture, Communication and Media UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
2016 Lecturer in Music Education Department of Culture, Communication and Media UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
2015 – 2019 Honorary Senior Research Associate Department of Culture, Communication and Media UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
2015 Module Leader, "The teaching musician" Music Faculty Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, United Kingdom
2012 – 2015 Principal Investigator, AHRC project Department of Culture, Communication and Media UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
2011 – 2012 Senior Research Officer, Esmée Fairbairn project Department of Culture, Communication and Media UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
2002 – 2015 Course Tutor, MA in Instrumental Teaching Institute of Education Reading University, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2017 FHEA ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow Queen's University of Belfast
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