About Me

My name is David John Baker, I'm an interdisciplinary researcher and educator. I just finished up working as a Lead Instructor of Data Science at Flatiron School in London, England where I combined my love of research, programming, and teaching to help students succeed as they learn the skills they need in order to begin a new career.

Our First London Data Science cohort

Prior to working at Flatiron School, I completed my Ph.D in Music Theory at Louisiana State University and also hold an MSc. from Goldsmiths, University of London in Music, Mind and Brain and a B.M. from Baldwin Wallace University in Instrumental Performance.

I'm a card-carrying music theorist who likes to publish research in psychology journals and currently work in the world of data science education.

As a researcher, I feel most at home working between disciplines and think the best questions to be asked come from either questioning fundamental assumptions people hold about how we see the world or taking a clear, action-based approach to solving a specific question. Most of the research I find personally meaningful happens when trying to investigate musical cognition with scientific methods and taking time to think about what it means to work between the two cultures.

Combining critical thinking about problems with practical ways of questioning assumptions fits nicely within the world of data science. In my current role, I teach students looking to change their careers how to ask meaningful questions about the world around them whilst teaching them practical tools to further explore those questions.

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Work Experience


Lead Instructor, Data Science

Flatiron School, WeWork

Sep 2019 – Present London, England
  • Led ~20 students every six weeks through 15 week data science bootcamp
  • Lectured on basic Python for data science, probability and statistics, machine learning, and advanced topics
  • Guided students through portfolio capstone projects
  • Deliver Enterprise training for corporate clients
  • Developed curricula suited for London campus needs
  • Delivered over 50 hours of lectures via Zoom platform
  • Performed duties as required as senior managerial role (hiring, administration)

Dissertation Award Fellow

Louisiana State University

Aug 2018 – May 2019 Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Research and Evaluation Residential Volunteer Worker

Toynbee Hall

Jun 2018 – Jun 2019 London, England
  • Volunteered twice per week at charity established in 1884 whilst living on-site
  • Designed research, analyzed data, and wrote reports on projects related to wellness in older people, savings habits, safety in Tower Hamlets
  • Organized Datathon where members of London data science community came together to analyze data for ongoing projects at Toynbee Hall

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Psychology Department

Louisiana State University

Aug 2017 – May 2018 Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Assisted in grading, testing, creation of materials for graduate level multivariate and intermediate statistics classes
  • Held office hours to explain course content to students
  • Courses focused on commonly used NHST statistical models used in behavioral psychology research
  • Developed R supplement for course to be used in tandem with current curricula

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Music Department

Louisiana State University

Aug 2015 – May 2017 Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Taught remedial music theory as instructor of record three times a week to undergraduate music majors
  • Responsible for all course material ranging from lectures, to homework assignments, bi-weekly recitations, to play-and-sing piano preparations, and teaching of aural-skills, held office hours.
  • Taught Aural Skills Labs to second-year undergraduate students, classes focused on providing individual attention to learning how to sight-sing chromatic and atonal melodies as well as complex rhythms.

Academic Publications

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Musical training mediates the relation between working memory capacity and preference for musical complexity

Previous research has examined the relationships among cognitive variables and musical training, but relatively less attention has …

Modeling Melodic Dictation

Melodic dictation is a cognitively demanding process that requires students to hear a melody, then without any access to an external …

Examining Musical Sophistication: A replication and theoretical commentary of the Goldsmiths Musical Sophistication Index

The difficulties associated with measuring the complex construct of musicianship have received conseriable attention in the music …

Perception of Leitmotives in Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen

The music of Richard Wagner tends to generate very diverse judgments indicative of the complex relationship between listeners and the …

Recent and Upcoming Talks

Turning Your Values in to Value: Getting a Job in Industry

Most graduate students attending SysMus will not end up working in full time academic positions. This is not a bad thing. There are …

Intro to Statistics for Data Science | ODSC Europe

For professionals with previous business experience looking to begin their journey into data science, this three hour morning session …

The Science of Netflix

A Public Outreach Event

Modeling the Limits of Musical Memory

Which computational measures best predict how many notes someone can hold in memory? We present both evidence from a newly encoded …

Symposium on Open Science

The proposed session will provide an overview of the principles and practices of open science as they apply to the SMPC community. The …