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Dr Mark Baynes
Programme Leader Bachelor of Musical Arts Degree and Graduate Diploma in Music Production, MAINZ Auckland
Dr Mark Baynes

Mark Baynes’ background is in early music in the UK. His doctoral research focused on developing an analytical model used to understand music by exploring consonance and dissonance pertaining to melody, harmony, rhythm, organic unity and genre. Mark is a presenter of 95bFM's The Jazz Show, writes the X-Factory column for NZ Musician Magazine, and has been published in Downbeat (US).

Mark has expertise semiotics, improvisation, composition, and performance. He runs Networks of Expertise workshops teaching popular music analysis to teachers, and is currently a member of the Music Subject Experts Group, reviewing achievement standards at secondary school level at all NCEA levels.

Mark recorded with Goldsmith Baynes, a track called Tīpuna, released as part of the Waiata Anthems playlist 2021 and featured for the Aotearoa Music Awards Ceremony 2021. Also in 2021, Mark has been writing and performing extensively with Mireya Ramos (Flor de Toloache).


2015: Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Auckland 

2010: Master of Music (Jazz Performance), University of Auckland 

2009: Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance), New Zealand School of Music 


Programme Leader Bachelor of Musical Arts Degree and Graduate Diploma in Music Production, MAINZ Auckland


Bachelor of Musical Arts 

Graduate Diploma of Music Production


MAINZ, Auckland

Professional Memberships/ Certifications/ Committees
  • Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) – Artist Member 
  • International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) 
  • Music Education New Zealand Aotearoa (MENZA) 
  • Subject Experts Group MUSIC (curriculum redesign) – Ministry of Education
External Profiles
Selected Research
  • Baynes, M. & Cowan, C. (2021). Hansel & Gretel [Guest Arranger]. Claire Cowan (Aotearoa Music Award Finalist 2021), New Zealand Symphony Orchestra & Royal New Zealand Ballet.
  • Baynes, M., Goldsmith, A. (Pianist, Composer). (2021, 3 September). Tīpuna. Waiata Anthems Playlist [Official Playlist].
  • Baynes, M. Nola, D. (Presenter). (2018-2021). 95bFM Jazz Show [Radio Broadcast].
  • Baynes, M. (Pianist, Sound Engineer). (2021, June 9). Alô Brazil: Henrique Morales [Album].
  • Baynes, M. (2021, May). On the Ground by Rosé – Hyperreality, Harmony and the Pop-Drop.
External Funding
  • Creative New Zealand 2021 – Funding to record and release an album of indigenous world jazz
  • Waiata Anthems 2021 – Funding for recording audio and video of a track entitled ‘Tīpuna’
  • APRA - Waiata Anthems Live Lockdown Performance of ‘Tīpuna’
  • Te Māngai Pāho – Funding for recording audio and video of a track entitled ‘Tō Ihu’
  • The University of Auckland Partnership Appeal Awards 2014
  • SOMSA (University of Auckland) award winner for piano performance 2013
  • Sir Alan Stewart Postgraduate Scholarship 2009 (Massey University)
  • Ariadne Danilow Music Prize 2009 (Victoria University of Wellington)

Mark Baynes is a British jazz pianist and composer, who has performed alongside Eric Marienthal (Chick Corea), King Kapisi, Che-Fu, Tony Christie (UK), Anika Moa, Don McGlashan, the APO, a Broadway cast, and at Glastonbury Festival (UK), AWME (AU), the Middle East and Canada as a pianist and Musical Director. Mark was a guest arranger for a RNZB production of Hansel and Gretel (recorded by the NZSO), written by composer Claire Cowan (Aotearoa Music Awards 2021 Finalist). In 2021 he collaborated with Troy Kingi on an upcoming single, and composed an album with Latin GRAMMY Award Winner Mireya Ramos (NYC).

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