Richard Baker

Associate Director, School of Education

Bachelor's Degree:  Bachelor of Science in Music Education, Ball State University, 1997

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

PhD:  Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction, Louisiana State University, 2011

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

Phone: (225) 578-8833


Office: 223 Peabody Hall


Dr. Baker began as a music educator in St. Charles Parish Public Schools. He was the Fine Arts Program Coordinator for the Louisiana Department of Education (2002-2013). 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, he was 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 arts 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.

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

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.
Kennedy, E., & Baker, R. A., Jr. (2020). Challenges and Priorities Facing Public Schools in Louisiana: Views of Superintendents and Principals.
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 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.
(2019). CAEP Self-Study Report. School of Education, Louisiana State University.
Baker, R. A., Jr. & Morrison, R. B. (Eds.). (2010). Secondary school course classification system: School codes for the exchange of data. Course codes review and suggested revisions for the visual and performing arts. Colorado Springs, CO: Quadrant Arts Education Research.