Teaching and resources for English, Art History and Music

Mediant Studies



Bruce Baker, M.A. (Hons), B.D., L.T.C.L., L.Mus.T.C.L., Dip. Tch., C.L.T.A., A.I.R.M.T.

Bruce Baker was born and educated in Auckland, and has completed degrees at Auckland and Otago Universities.

He trained as a teacher in 1969. 

Since then he has had a of experience as teacher, public speaker, editor, broadcaster, administrator, adjudicator, performer, accompanist, composer, arranger and conductor.

He has considerable experience as a writer. He has written teaching books, for use both in the studio and in the classroom, as well as resources for English students. He has been commissioned to write or arrange music for choir or solo voice.

'Mediant Studies began life as "Mediant Music Seminars", created by a group of teachers within the Mediant Group of the Auckland Branch of the Institute of Music Teachers to help their students pass the AMusTCL exam, which had just been made a prerequisite for LTCL.  Once this was no longer the case, interest faded, and I took over management of the operation, renaming it "Mediant Studies".  Later I launched a "Preparatory Course" for students who had little background in music theory, which later became the "Intermediate Course", and the LMusTCL course.  I now run the operation by myself, although I have continued from time to time to call upon colleagues, some in the Mediant Group, to write material for some courses.'

His compositions include a cantata, Who is that Man?, and a choral eucharist.

His music has been recorded, broadcast and published. He has always been interested in both language and music. He studied several languages at university, and has been involved in musical activities wherever he has been. When he launched Mediant Music Seminars (the original name of Mediant Studies) an early concern was to produce material that speakers whose first language was not English would be able to understand

He has served on a number of committees, in various capacities, and has edited or written articles for a variety of publications, including local, regional and national publications of the Institute of Registered Music Teachers, of which he is an associate. He has written programme notes and pre-concert talks for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. He has taughtin several schools and served as Music Director for city and suburban Churches.

He has travelled around the world many times, visiting museums, galleries and historical sites, in order to deepen understanding of historical, literary, artistic and musical developments.  He has seen where composers and writers created their works, viewed original artworks, and studied locations and artefacts related to historical events.

He teaches individual students in the following subjects:



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Anita Banbury, L.R.A.M., A.R.C.M., A.R.C.O., G.R.S.M., A.I.R.M.T .
Marnie Barrell, B.A., B. Theol, L.T.C.L., A.Mus.T.C.L., A.I.R.M.T.
Graeme Cleland, B.Mus., F.T.C.L., L.R.S.M.
Judith Cook, F.T.C.L., L.T.C.L. (C.M.T.)
David Hamilton, M.Mus, B.A., F.T.C.L., Dip.Tch.
Geoffrey Hinds, M.Phil, B.A., L.R.S.M., A.I.R.M.T.
Catherine Petoe, B. Mus, L.T.C.L., Dip Teaching
Diana M. Wallis, B.A., M.Mus. (Hons), L.T.C.L., A.I.R.M.T.
Nelson Wu, Ph.D. (King's Coll. London), Dip. Tch., Grad. Dip. Academic Practice

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