I was born in Saskatchewan in 1971 before moving to Edmonton Alberta in 1973. I was first introduced to the piano by my mother Karen Baron who taught music both privately and through a music school. I attended Laurier Heights Elementary School where my music teacher was Bob Miller (the bass player for Tommy Banks), but it wasn’t until later when I attended Jasper Place High School that I met Garth Worthington (my guitar teacher) who further inspired me. During my final year in high school I made the decision to pursue a career as a full time private music instructor and continue with formal music instruction. I auditioned and was accepted into the Grant MacEwan music department where I studied music theory and performance, my teachers included pianist Charlie Austin and composer Gordon Nicholson. I left Grant MacEwan in 1993 to pursue conservatory training at Alberta College Conservatory of Music and studied with Edward Connell a notable composer, pianist, and organist. It was here that I met my next teacher Diane Ferguson with whom I studied for many years. I immersed myself in full time music study taking the practical and theoretical examinations of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. In 1999 I established my own private music education company Bach To Basics, and while continuing to teach full time I served as an organists at King of Kings Lutheran Church for five years and choir director for two. I decided to take on a new challenge and in 2001 after two years of study I received my piano tuning diploma from the American School Of Piano Tuning. At this point in my teaching career I became increasingly interested in the music industry and the opportunities and challenges presented by the various aspects of the music business. In 2009 I established Listening Edge Records, my own private record label and publishing company, and worked with select students helping them develop their career goals. In 2010 I was selected, as a member of The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, to serve as a classical music category judge for the 2010 Juno Awards held in Nova Scotia, and served again in 2013. After years of studying classical and jazz piano and theory I started to have a renewed interest in returning to my recording studio, a previous hobby that I had given up while pursuing my other academic studies. In 2011 I established Illustrious Sound as a division of my private teaching practice specializing in music production education, mixing, and mastering and worked with select students helping them produce and record their own music. The same year I made some big changes to my private teaching studio. My formal pedagogical training was in piano and theory, however having taken guitar lessons in high school and having played the drums for several years parents began requesting that I teach basic drum and guitar lessons to their children, because they didn’t want to switch to another instructor. I took this opportunity to advance my own studies on these instruments, with the parents understanding that these instruments were not my primary instrument. At this point in my teaching career I was teaching students to play their instruments, how to record their performances, and how to promote and market their music. So in September of 2011 I added basic guitar and drum lessons, music production lessons, and project management to the list of subjects being offered, and worked with select students helping them produce and record their own music. In 2013 I established Trevor Baron Music as a division of my private teaching practice specializing in music theory, orchestration, and composition education, which was drawn from my formal training as a film and television composer. As a firm believer in life long learning I continue to study pedagogy, piano, drums, guitar, composition, and music production, and remain involved in my professional music industry associations. My hope is that I can share with students the rewards of learning music and pass on my own experience, knowledge, and passion for education and life long learning to those I teach.
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