Paul Baza

Paul B.

Pico Rivera, CA

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I will teach you the basics from holding sticks correctly to reading music and playing a solid groove!
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Paul delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+ and 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.

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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 currently perform with The Tikiyaki Orchestra and Tikiyaki-50.
I have recently delved into the surf band scene, where I've had the opportunity to perform with the Insect Surfers and other surf bands. I have also 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 many others.

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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


Professional Proficiency
Limited 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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Photo by Paul B.

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Photo by Paul B.

Denizens of Jazz at the Brand Library Glendale, CA,

Practicing for a couple of surf bands.  Cowabunga!

Big Band end fill.
Brush work.
Set ups and fill into shuffle.
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Geovanni M. Dec 24, 2018
Drum · In studio

Paul kept it fun. Which is why we even want to learn something new in the first place. He didn’t go straight to the books at first. Very knowledgeable and patient. I’m grateful to have him.

Sarah Oct 5, 2018
Drum · In studio

Pablo was very professional. He is so knowledgeable about everything drums and was patient with me. I highly recommend taking lessons from him. Great teacher.

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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