Calvin Peter Baker was born in George, South Africa. After immigrating to New Zealand in 1996, his love for music and singing developed. Calvin completed his Bachelor of Music in Classical Performance- Voice, and has a First Class Honours degree in the specialisation of Studio Pedagogy, both gained at the University of Auckland. A tenor, Calvin studied singing under the tutelage of Dr. Morag Atchison and Dr. Te Oti Rakena, and has performed in choral, ensemble, and soloist contexts. Having discovered early in his vocal training a passion for vocal science and singing technique, Calvin carried out independent research considering the effect of laryngeal morphometry on vocal acoustic parameters and, in 2015, music education topics that explored the impact of online learning and technology in the teaching of voice, and gesture as a pedagogical tool (presented at the 24th NEWZATS Conference, 2016).
Calvin is experienced in teaching a variety of repertoire, from Baroque to Contemporary vocal works, and enjoys teaching students of a wide range of ages, and cultural and educational backgrounds. He teaches at High Schools, as well as in his private studio, in Auckland. Sensitive to students' individual needs, he works to cater to their own learning style whilst providing them with a solid technical foundation from which the voice can grow healthily.
Calvin is a member of the NEWZATS council.
To view some of Calvin's research, visit his Researchgate profile here...
• Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours)– Studio Pedagogy
• Bachelor of Music– Classical Performance, Voice
• ABRSM Grade 8 Singing
• Rangitoto College, Vocal Itinerant Teacher, February 2016- Present
• James Cook High School, Vocal Itinerant Teacher,
Choral technician, 2015- Present
• Tamaki College, Vocal Itinerant Teacher, February 2016- Present
• Private Studio Practice, est. 2015
Sarah McConnell, Music Tuition Programme Coordinator, Rangitoto College
We are very fortunate to have Calvin in our team of itinerant music tutors. Not only is he an exceptional musician with a great passion for teaching, he also has excellent people skills, is organised, efficient and a great communicator. Calvin has an in depth understanding of the technical side of singing and is able to communicate this knowledge to his students in a way that they can easily understand. He has a wonderful sense of humour and is an excellent role model for our young singers.”
After voice training with Calvin for 4 months, I feel there is a significant improvement in my singing.... and that was my goal - best of all, I now have the courage to keep going to get better.
Calvin is a professional who listened carefully to what I wanted to achieve and has created a relaxed and effective program for me. He quickly worked out my learning style and uses the best teaching methods so I can understand and learn - and also exercises the patience of a saint when I don't get the first time, or even the seventh time!
The lessons are: Informative... fun... a good workout...I feel I have absorbed more singing skills and knowledge every time.
Calvin gives me voice exercises so I can practice at home and it is the first lot of 'homework' I look forward to doing!!
The qualifications Calvin has are clearly well earned and being well used.
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