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Dr. Martha Baker-Jordan is a pianist whose background and training focused on piano performance, yet she chose to specialize in the art of piano teaching with emphasis on piano pedagogy and group piano instruction. In addition to a distinguished performance career as a member of the Bachma Duo under the auspices of Columbia Artists, Dr. Baker-Jordan is held in high regard as a recognized expert in piano teaching at all levels, as author of many articles and papers and author and co-author of several piano instruction books. She is in much demand as a clinician on piano teaching techniques and serves in several piano leadership capacities at state and national levels as well as traveling nationally and internationally as a lecturer and master teacher.
Dr. Baker-Jordan was a Professor of Piano, Piano Pedagogy and Class Piano at California State University, Fullerton, for 32 years where she received numerous awards for teaching excellence. She developed a comprehensive piano pedagogy program whose high quality has received national and international recognition. The Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano pedagogy were developed and implemented under her tutelage. Through her expertise and guidance in the training of teachers, many studio piano teachers and piano instructors at colleges and universities throughout California and the United States are her former students.
A recognized expert in piano teaching at all levels, Dr. Baker-Jordan authored Practical Piano Pedagogy, a comprehensive 476-page pedagogy text published by Warner Bros. Publications, March, 2003. With immediate high-volume sales, the second edition was published in March, 2004. Practical Piano Pedagogy is available through Alfred Publishing due to Alfred’s acquisition of Warner Bros. Publications.
Two further distinctions have been bestowed upon Dr. Baker-Jordan since her retirement from California State University, Fullerton in 2007. In May, 2008, she was invited to give a series of Master Classes and Lectures at the Conservatoire de Musique Darius Milhaud in Aix-en-Provence, France. In July, 2008 she was chosen to serve as one of seven nationally known piano pedagogues as a life-time member on the Advisory Board for The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy based in Princeton, NJ.