Dr. Vicki D. Baker is Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Education at Texas Women’s University. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate music education courses and supervises student teachers. Prior to her appointment to TWU, she taught at The University of Texas at Arlington. Her dissertation topic was The Role of Administrators in the Attrition and Retention of Early Career Secondary Choral Music Educators. Prior to entering higher education, Dr. Baker taught elementary and secondary choral music in public schools for 13 years, receiving numerous teaching awards including three citations in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and being named Most Influential Educator and Teacher of the Year for her school district.
Her publications include research articles in the Journal of Music Teacher Education, Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, ChorTeach, Texas Music Education Research, Southwestern Musician, and Texas Sings. She currently serves on the editorial board of Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. Her research topics include retention of music educators, the effect of legislation on music education, and pre-service music teacher training. She regularly presents her research at state and national conferences. Dr. Baker serves as a clinician and adjudicator for choirs throughout the state of Texas and conducts staff development for music educators.
Vicki’s music ministry began at the age of ten when she became the church pianist. When she was 12 years old, her church bought an organ and she became the church organist. She directed the church choir when she was in high school. As an adult, she has held a variety of positions in churches, including music minister, choral director, pianist, organist, children’s choir coordinator, music and drama director, pastor’s secretary, and Bible study leader. She has also composed a number of sacred choral works.
Vicki is married to Mark Baker and together lead the music ministry at Euless First United Methodist Church. Vicki is the mother of one son and several beautiful dogs.