Richard Baker

Assistant Director, School of Education

Phone: 225-578-8833
Office: 223 Peabody Hall


2011: Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Dissertation: The relationship between music and visual arts formal study and academic achievement on the eighth-grade Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) test.

2002: Master of Education in Educational Leadership;  Louisiana Administration/Supervision Certification                
University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

1997: Ball State University, Muncie, IN
Bachelor of Science in Music Education        

Permanent: Louisiana Teacher Certification (Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Supervisor of Student Teaching, Provisional Secondary School Principal, Provisional Principal, Parish/City School Supervisor of Instruction)



Dr. Baker began as a music educator in St. Charles Parish Public Schools. From 2002-2013 he was the Fine Arts Program Coordinator for the Louisiana Department of Education. He served the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards on the Music Standards National Writing Committee and co-chaired the grades 6-8 sub-committee. Prior to joining the School of Education, Dr. Baker served as an assistant professor at Southern University and A & M College and the university liaison to SACS-COC.

Previous accomplishments include leading a team of 65 teaching artists, arts educators, administrators, and university professors to create more than 3,200 pages of model arts lessons based on the Louisiana state standards. These experiences prepared him to write model curriculum assessments for the New Jersey Department of Education. He represented Louisiana at the Education Leadership Institute, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. The State Arts Education Agency Directors of Arts Education asked him to serve as a co-chair to revise the secondary school course codes for the National Center for Education Statistics. He has served on grant reading panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and the United States Department of Education.  

Dr. Baker holds Louisiana certification in instrumental music, vocal music, supervisor of student teaching, principal, and parish/city school supervisor of instruction.

His artistic needs are met at Theatre Baton Rouge where he serves as a director, music director, music supervisor, conductor, and head Foley artist. He leads church choirs, when called upon.

Selected Publications


  • Baker, R. A., Jr. (2009). Why arts education? Why now? What if? Louisiana Musician, 74(3), 5-6.
  • Baker, R. A., Jr. (2012). The effects of high-stakes testing policy on arts education. Arts Education Policy Review, 113(1) 17-25.
  • Baker, R. A., Jr., & France, B. (2009). Bringing change closer to home. In Reflections on the Forum (pp. 16-17). Washington, D.C.: Arts Education Partnership.
  • Taylor, J. A., & Baker, R. A., Jr. (2001). High stakes testing and the essential curriculum. Basic Education, 45(5), 9-12.
  • Taylor, J. A., & Baker, R. A., Jr. (2002). Discipline & the Special Education Student, Educational Leadership. 59(4), 28-30.                                                                 
  • Taylor, J. A., & Baker, R. A., Jr. (2003). Educare: Bringing forth the best from within. Principal Leadership, 3(7), 29-34.

Edited works

  • Baker, R. A., Jr. (Ed.). (2009). Introduction to model dance lessons. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana Department of Education (LDE).
  •  (2009). Introduction to model music lessons. Baton Rouge, LA: LDE.
  • (2009). Model dance lessons for elementary students. Baton Rouge, LA: LDE.
  • (2009). Model dance lessons for high school students. Baton Rouge, LA: LDE.
  • (2009). Model dance lessons for middle school students. Baton Rouge, LA: LDE.
  • (2009). Model instrumental music lessons for middle school students. Baton Rouge, LA: LDE
  • (2009). Model music lessons for elementary students. Baton Rouge, LA: LDE.