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Wade B.
Olney, Illinois
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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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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 have taught at Lincoln Trail College 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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Master of Music in Jazz Studies

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Wade B.
Olney, Illinois
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Learn the intricacies of the classical piano form a Grammy-nominated instrumentalist
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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.
About Wade B.

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 have taught at Lincoln Trail College 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

Levels taught

Teaches all skill levels

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Teaching since 2000

Education

Master of Music in Jazz Studies

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Teaches ages 5+

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Speaks English, Spanish

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Reccomended 100%. Makes me want to learn even more.

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Wade is an incredible teacher. He always finds different ways to help you understand if you struggle with a particular concept. He is patient and is always there to help. I recommend Wade Baker for all your music lesson needs!

Posted Mar 14, 2022
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Wade Baker has made a great impact on my musical career. He teaches music in a way for students at all levels to learn from him. I have greatly improved on my ear training skills as well as on my flute from my private lessons with him.

Posted Mar 14, 2022
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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
Adjunct Faculty
Aug 2017 - Aug 2019
Lincoln Trail College
- Jazz Ensemble Director - Concert Band Conductor - Teach Private Brass, Piano and Guitar Lessons
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
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Spanish
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...).
2022 GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year Nominee
May 2021
GRAMMY Academy
2021 GRAMMY Music Educator is the Year Nominee
May 2020
GRAMMY Academy
2020 GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year Quarterfinalist
May 2019
GRAMMY ACADEMY
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.
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.

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Instructor details
Classical Piano
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
SEE MAP
N West St
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$25
45 minutes
$37
60 minutes
$50
90 minutes
$75
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30