Paul Bauer serves as Director of the Northern Illinois University (NIU) School of Music. He has also been a faculty member at Northwestern, Chicago State, and Missouri State Universities.
Currently his academic focus is on the use of technologies to facilitate teaching, scholarship, and service activities via Internet2. The NIU School of Music regularly uses videoconferencing technologies for engaged student learning experiences and share its performances internationally. His professional trombone credits include performances with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony, Grant Park Symphony, and Toledo Symphony Orchestras, as well as recordings with the Millar Brass Ensemble, Chicago Brass Choir, and Rob Parton Big Band.
His published articles have appeared in the International Trombone Association Journal and the International Association of Jazz Educators Journal. Despite offers of professional performance positions both symphonic and jazz, Dr. Bauer has dedicated his career to the field of education. He has taught applied trombone, euphonium, and tuba, as well as low brass instrumental techniques, jazz history, jazz arranging, music appreciation, and conducted jazz and concert bands.
His degrees are in trombone performance – Northwestern University (D.M.), University of North Texas (M.M.), and Bowling Green State University (B.M.). He is a past president of the Association of Illinois Music Schools and the 1999 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Illinois Music Educators Association. Dr. Bauer serves as an accreditation consultant and visiting team chair for the National Association of Schools of Music.