Dr. Bazan serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Education for University of Florida Online Masters of Music in Music Education program designing and serving as lead instructor for the American Vernacular Music course. He also teaches a variety of other courses in the program and advises capstone projects. His primary faculty appointment is Assistant Professor of Music Education and Coordinator of Music Education for University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he oversees the music teaching program. He holds a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor Music Education from the University of Manitoba (Canada), Masters of Music from University of Northern Iowa, and Ph.D. in Music Education from Case Western Reserve University.
Prior to assuming his position at UL Lafayette, he was a music education 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. At UNL he was the instrumental music education specialist. Dr. Bazan was also an English/Language Arts/Drama teacher in Canada for 5 years and 5-12 Instrumental Music Teacher in Canada & the USA for 11 years. In addition to his band duties at Chugiak High School (2017-18) he taught Acting, and introduced beginning guitar courses. His ensembles have succeeded and received commendations at every level.
In the music education research world, Dr. Bazan is (or has been) an Editorial Board Member and Reviewer for Contributions to Music Education, and the Journal of Music and Dance, Urban Education, and Middle Grades Research Journal. He has presented worldwide at international, national, state, and local conferences on his teaching and research interests. His interests include instrumental music education, foundations of teaching, creative process, recruiting/retaining music students, popular musicianship, and social justice. 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.