Dr. Dale Bazan is Assistant Professor of Music Education and Coordinator of Music Education for University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he oversees the music teacher preparation program and Masters of Music Education degree. He holds a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor Music Education from the University of Manitoba (Canada), Masters of Music from University of Northern Iowa (with concentrations in jazz saxophone and music education), and Ph.D. in Music Education from Case Western Reserve University.
Prior to assuming his position at UL Lafayette, Dr. Bazan was a music education, wind ensemble, and saxophone professor at University of Alaska - Anchorage. Dr. Bazan was previously Associate Professor of Practice in Music Education at University of Nebraska - Lincoln from 2007–2017 where he was Coordinator of Music Field Experiences and instrumental music education specialist. He was also a 5–12 instrumental music teacher in Canada and USA for 11 years. In addition to teaching band he has taught guitar, drama, and English/language arts. His ensembles have succeeded and received commendations at every level. He has also been an active performer in jazz, rock, and classical venues on saxophone, guitar, and bass guitar and has conducted jazz bands, rock bands, wind bands, and musicals throughout North America.
Dr. Bazan has presented throughout the world at international, national, state, and local conferences on his teaching and research interests. Research interests include instrumental music education, teacher identity development, creative process, recruiting/retaining music students, popular musicianship, and social justice. In the music education research world, he is an Editorial Board Member and Reviewer for Contributions to Music Education, and has served as a reviewer for The Journal of Music and Dance, Urban Education, Middle Grades Research Journal, and American Educational Research Association Conference. His research appears in such journals as The Bulletin of the Council of Research in Music Education, Contributions to Music Education, Advances in Music Education Research, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, and Visions of Research in Music Education.