Daniel Barker

     

Discipline:  Clarinet, Saxophone, Piano and Theory
 

'A Friendly Music Teacher to Inspire All Ages' 

Early Life and Education Daniel began his musical career as a pianist taking lessons with Karl Wilcock in his home city of Kingston Upon Hull. Initially not intending to embark on career in music, it became his main pastime during his school and sixth form years. He played piano, clarinet and saxophone in various ensembles of the Hull Music Service. In 2011, Daniel decided to build a career in music. He read Music at the University of Huddersfield studying clarinet with Halle Orchestra and Opera North Clarinettist Sarah Masters, piano with renowned Jazz pianist Sean Miller and piano accompaniment with Jonathan Fisher. Also an ambitious conductor, Daniel made his conducting debut at the age of 18 and later studied conducting with Natalia Luis Bassa. He graduated with a BMus (Hons) in July 2014.

Daniel began teaching aged 15, employed by his secondary school to deliver a course in ABRSM Music Theory. Daniel was the schools’ first peer teacher in the school’s 300 year history. Daniel taught piano, clarinet and saxophone throughout his studies including his peers at degree level study. He currently has as a range of pupils under his tuition aged from 12 to 67. (See Teaching and Lessons for more information). Currently, Daniel divides his time between music teaching and primary school teaching. Daniel also holds a PGCE in primary education, and is part of the teaching team at a Hull Primary School. Daniel also advises schools on their music provision and the music national curriculum.. When in school, Daniel still takes time to support, encourage and promote music making often accompanying school choirs, organising concerts. During one of his teaching roles, Daniel also acted as a school liaison to the Opera North Educational Delivery department. In recent years, Daniel has also supported peripatetic teaching as both an accompanist and teacher and remains a member of the teaching team at the MASC Academy.

Though primarily a teacher, Daniel finds time to perform himself in a professional as well as amateur capacity both as an ensemble member and a soloist. Symphony Orchestras to Rock Bands, Military Bands to Pit Orchestras, Choirs to Jazz ensembles are all within his capabilities and experience. For 3 years Daniel held a 1st clarinet seat in the Yorkshire Military Band and until recently played clarinet with the Yorkshire Wind Orchestra. Though still associated with these ensembles he left to take a music director appointment at Beverley Brass Band in Jul 2016. In addition Daniel serves as a guest percussionist for Thurcroft Welfare Brass Band and also conducted the Huddersfield University Singers prior to his graduation. Some of Daniel’s own music has enjoyed public performance and he holds an extensive portfolio of compositions and arrangements. Daniel's performing experience has also taken him oversees. He has toured Spain, Belgium, France, Italy, Jersey, Slovenia and Croatia as a performer.

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