Zac has had appearances on MTV Unplugged, Jimmy Kimmel Live, David Letterman, VH1 Unplugged, American Music Awards, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Ellen DeGeneres, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and many many more. While I am incredibly impressed with his resume, I'm equally impressed with his passion for music education. Zac credits his piano teacher early on for fostering his creativity and because of this experience, places a high value on meeting students where they are at. CMA students will greatly benefit from Zac's extensive career as a performer, his classical understanding, and real world approach. I couldn't be more excited to have him teach for Coletrain Music Academy.
- Coleman Smith, Master Violinist / CMA Founder
Seasoned keyboardist and pianist Zac Baird began playing the piano when he was only seven years old. He credits his childhood piano teacher with fostering his creativity early on, teaching Zac his favorite Beatles songs in between scale exercises. He went on to graduate from a prestigious arts high school in Dallas, Texas where he gained access to electronic music equipment allowing him to grow his interests and skill set. By the time he reached his early 20s, Zac moved to LA to try his hand in the music business. He credits his knowledge of computers and early adoption of programs like Reason and Pro Tools during live shows as the factors that gave him his competitive edge. When Zac was touring with KoRn he still took all of the auditions that he could. Working as a professional musician, he’s learned how to be versatile, molding his sound to fit each individual artist. Artists like Everlast require organic keyboard sounds while playing with KoRn requires a lot of sampling, he explains. Additionally, Zac has done sound design for Evanescence and acted as Adam Lambert’s music director. Even though Zac has worked with everyone from Edie Brickell to the Cure, Lizzo, The Chainsmokers, Jay Z and Beyonce, he knows that an impressive resume isn’t the only key to staying competitive in today’s music industry. Zac regularly takes music courses to keep his skills sharp, even enrolling in a few Ableton Live classes with Berklee Online.