Paul Combs has had a long career in music education, in the studio, the classroom, and as a lecturer. Currently he teaches privately at Paul’s Music Studio, and is on the faculty of the Lowell Jazz Day Camp. He also offers a range of lectures and workshops, details on these will be posted soon.
Starting with work as a teacher’s assistant in the first year of Head Start in 1965, Combs has been involved in education for most of his adult life. In the 1960s, while studying at the Philadelphia Music Academy, he worked with urban summer education programs. After graduation he started to teach instruments privately, which he continued to do, with occasional interruptions, throughout the 1970s and 80s, and without interruption through the 1990s to the present.
In 1987, Paul began teaching instrumental and general music in private and parochial schools. By 1989 he was certified as a music teacher by the Massachusetts Department of Education and he continued to teach instrumental and general music first in Danvers and then in Revere, Massachusetts. During the 1990s he became active in the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA), and was one of the founders of the Society for General Music in Massachusetts, as well as its second presiding chairperson.
By the end of the 1990s Combs’ educational activities extended to public lectures and coaching ensembles. He became active in the Massachusetts Association for Jazz Education (MAJE), the state unit of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE). After the collapse of IAJE MAJE, which had its own organizational charter, has continued to function.
Combs has written on various topics in music education for several publications, and some of these articles can be found on this site under Articles.