David Baker read for his undergraduate degree at University College, Cardiff and, subsequently, completed Master of Music and Doctor of Philosophy degrees at Reading University, UK. His PhD was granted a Bernarr Rainbow Award from the Institute of Education, University of London. David has been a trumpeter and is an Associate of the Royal College of Music, London. He was taught to play the trumpet by the late David Mason, who can be heard on the Beatles "Penny Lane". David was made a member of the Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain in 2000, a charitable society that originated with Handel.
David's academic pursuits have embraced research into: musicians' life histories, visual impairment and music-making, music service provision, conceptions of musical ability in the primary school, and playing by ear. He has published articles in journals such as the British Journal of Music Education, Research Studies in Music Education and the International Journal of Music Education. In 2007, David collaborated with John Miller, Director of Wind and Percussion, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, on an investigation into conservatoire music students' pedagogical training. In 2013, he contributed two chapters to the Ashgate book Developing the Musician, one on musical ability in the primary school (co-authored with Mary Stakelum) and the other on Lucy Green's Ear Playing Project. David worked for Lucy on the latter (2011–12), a UK national investigation into ear-playing in instrumental lessons funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, as her Research Officer. David is currently leading a research project, "Visually-impaired musicians' lives", which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC, UK) and supported by the Royal Academy of Music, London and Royal National Institute of Blind People. Alongside research, David has published book reviews in the British Journal of Music Education, Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, Philosophy of Music Education Review and Psychology of Music.
David comes from a background as an instrumental music teacher. He taught brass instruments in various primary and secondary schools for a Local Education Authority (LEA) music service in England for over 10 years. In 1999, Peters Edition published Fast Track Trumpet, two volumes of his educational music. After participating as External Academic Assessor for a University of Plymouth approval panel for a new foundation degree in music at Exeter College, David was appointed External Examiner in 2010. He has also been a Course Tutor for the MA in Instrumental Teaching at Reading University. David has supervised the collaborative practitioner research of instrumental teachers at Reading and also Master of Arts dissertations on various areas of music pedagogy.
Biographical Research and Life Histories, Teachers' Lives and Careers, Musical Ability, Ear Playing, Instrumental Teaching, Music Service Provision