Dr. Dale E. Bazan is Assistant Professor of Practice in Music Education and Coordinator of Music Field Experiences at University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Originally from Winnipeg, Canada he completed his Bachelors of Music and Bachelors of Education at the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, Canada), his Masters of Music in Instrumental Music Education at University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, IA) and Ph.D. in Music Education at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH).
Dr. Bazan's research and teaching interests include adolescent learning, instrumental music education practices, student-directed instruction, creative process, popular musicianship, music technology, and social psychology of music. He has presented internationally including at conferences of the International Society for Music Education, American Educational Research Association, The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Iowa Music Educators Association, Ohio Music Educators Association, Alberta Band Association, Ontario Music Educators Association, and Nebraska Music Educators Association. His research has been published in the peer-reviewed research journals Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Contributions to Music Education and Visions of Research in Music Education. Other writing has been published in Canadian Winds, Nebraska Music Educator, and Triad: The Journal of the Ohio Music Education Association. He also has a chapter in the edited book Advances in Music Education Research (Vol 3). His most recent studies have been on popular musicianship, beginning band instrument selection, musical tastes of adolescents, assessment and self-regulation in band programs, and student-directed instruction. In addition to his writing and presenting, he served as editorial assistant for Contributions to Music Education from 2004-2007, and currently serves on the review boards of Middle Grades Research Journal and Urban Education and as Research Chair for Nebraska Music Educators Association.
Dr. Bazan taught grades 5-12 band in Alberta (Canada), Iowa, and Ohio for 10 years and has been a guest conductor and clinician for both concert and jazz bands across Canada, Nebraska, Iowa, and Ohio. He served on the Alberta and Canadian Band Association Board of Directors, including a term as Vice President of the Alberta Band Association before relocating to the United States. As Vice President and Jazz Chair he initiated and organized the inaugural Alberta High School Honor Jazz Band. During this time he was also hired as Assistant Band Director of the Grande Prairie Marching Band which toured Australia and New Zealand and qualified for the World Marching Championship in Potsdam, Germany (WAMSB). His high school bands also received numerous awards. As a saxophonist, rock guitarist, and songwriter he has performed widely in a variety of genres, especially enjoying improvisation and songwriting.