Paul Baza

Paul B.

Pico Rivera, CA

About Paul B.

Paul teaches: Ages 10 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: May 1991


I have over twenty years of performance experience as a drummer. I have an AA degree in Music from Pasadena City College. I have a BA in Music from California State University, Northridge. I have taught individual and group instruction, focusing on hand technique and sight-reading. I attended Grove School of Music in 1990, where I studied hand and sticking technique and Latin drum-set application. I have performed in a variety of musical situations from big band performances to musicals, jazz trios, rock shows, and an independent film score.

*** Lesson Details ***
My approach to teaching drum-set is simple. I focus on the student's needs. I like to give my students assignments that are tangible but that still present a challenge. I'm an easy going guy and I know that through patience and nurturing I can build the student's confidence and gain results. I assign weekly exercises and teach my students good technique.

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1991 – Present: Private drum instructor.

May 1991 - Present
Paul Baza

I have had the pleasure to performed with The Pasadena City College Swing Kings featuring special guest Ernie Andrews, The Los Angeles Master Chorale, The Hollywood Presbyterian Church, Classical pianist Sasha Alexeev, The Buzz Maddox Big Band, Bill Masonheimer’s Freedom Band, The Denizens of Jazz and The Tikiyaki Orchestra and many others.

Drum Instructor

Jun 2008 - Jun 2009
East Los Angeles City College ELACC.

Taught group drum lessons at East Los Angeles College summer program for two consecutive terms.


Bachelor of Arts

Aug 2009 - May 2011
California State University Northridge

Associate in Arts

Jan 2006 - Jun 2009
Pasadena City College


Jun 1990 - Dec 1990
Grove School of Music

Languages Spoken


Professional Proficiency


Successfully completed Condensed Percussion Program

Dec 1990
Grove School of Music


Graduated with honors from California State University Northridge

May 2011
California State University Northridge

Dean’s list for two consecutive semesters at California State University Northridge

May 2010
California State University Northridge

Pasadena City College Performance Award for Jazz Third Place.

May 2008
Pasadena City College

Faculty Honors for Superior Service Pasadena City College

Jun 2007
Pasadena City College

Awarded “Greatest Contribution to Jazz” 2007 Pasadena City College

May 2007
Pasadena City College

Jazz Ensembles Award Outstanding Contribution

Jun 2006
Pasadena City College

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May 2006
Pasadena City College
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1 Review on Paul B.

Paul Jun 30, 2015
Drum · In studio
I've been studying with Paul for a few years, and I would not be close to my current skill level without his instruction and guidance. Paul is a patient and brilliant observer and expert analyst in developing technique. Every time I think I've got it, he makes some acute observation that brings it to a deeper level of refinement and nuance. And I've learned from him how crucial this refinement is to sounding good in everything you play on the kit. Beyond building the foundation of technique, with Paul you will learn various grooves in different genres, reading notation and drum charts, soloing and comping, as well as prioritizing and organizing your approach and having the right attitude so people will want to play with you. Lessons are always fun and inspiring, and Paul is patient and sensitive to individual needs. He also brings to lessons his experience as a professional drummer. I've seen him perform professionally in various styles: small jazz ensemble, big band, latin, rock, funk etc. And he always sounds great: solid and musical with a great feel. His combination of skill, experience, knowledge, profound insight and sensitivity make him an invaluable teacher for those interested in developing as an artist.

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