Carl Spaeth

Carl S.

Brookings, SD

About Carl S.

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Carl teaches: Ages 5 and up
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Teaching since: June 2008
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Overview

Dr. Carl S. is currently Instructor of Jazz and Saxophone at South Dakota State University, a position he has held since Fall 2014. His responsibilities include directing the annual SDSU/Brookings Optimist Jazz Festival, directing Jazz Ensembles I-II, Jazz Combo, Jazz Improvisation lessons, Jazz Pedagogy, online Jazz Appreciation, private saxophone lessons, saxophone quartets, and group guitar class.

Carl completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in saxophone performance at the University of Kansas in 2014, and his Master of Music Pedagogy and Performance from Oklahoma State University in 2011. He graduated from Harrah High School in 2002, earned his Bachelor of Music Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 2008, and was a 5th-12th grade Head Band Director at Fairview Public schools. He is currently a member of the North American Saxophone Alliance, the Jazz Education Network, Music Teachers National Association, treasurer of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, and an Honorary Member of Tau Beta Sigma. He has held previous memberships with Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Delta Pi, and the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association.

While at KU, Carl was also a graduate teaching assistant for the saxophone studio and jazz studies program. His responsibilities included Assistant Director of the KU Jazz Festival, directing Jazz Ensembles II-III, directing Jazz Combo III-VI, assisting with the KU Jazz Festival, directing Saxophone Quartets II-III, teaching private saxophone lessons, assisting in saxophone studio class, and teaching the music education woodwind methods course. His Lecture Recital Document, A Performer’s Analysis of Selected Jazz Works for Saxophone Quartet, featured an interview with Bob Mintzer. Carl was a member of KU Jazz Ensemble I, KU Saxophone Quartet I, and KU's Helianthus New Music Ensemble. As a member of KU's Jazz Ensemble 1, Carl has performed with Dave Douglas, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Alex Sipiagin, Steve Owen, Gary Foster, Steve Houghton, Clint Ashlock, David von Kampen, Peter Epstein, Jeff Miley, James Miley, Roger Shew, and Brian Hamada, Brandon Draper, Rich Wheeler, Beau Bledsoe, Jeff Harshbarger, and Matt Otto. In July 2014, Carl went on a European tour with KU Jazz Ensemble I featuring Steve Leisring and Deborah Brown. Together, they performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Vienne Jazz Festival in France, and performed in several cities in Germany. Recordings by this band resulted in KU winning the DownBeat Student Award (Graduate College Large Jazz Ensemble Division) in 2015.

While at OSU, Carl was a GTA for the saxophone studio and music theory programs. His responsibilities included Music Theory I-IV tutoring and grading, sight-singing grading, piano labs, classical and jazz saxophone lessons, saxophone quartet coaching, saxophone studio Webmaster, and saxophone studio class. Carl was a member of the OSU Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble 1. He had a regularly performing jazz trio and played in OSU's X2End saxophone quartet. The X2End quartet performed locally at the 2011 Navy Band Saxophone Symposium in Washington D.C., at the 2011 NASA Region IV Conference, and has won the state and division rounds of the 2010-2011 MTNA Chamber Music Competition. The X2End quartet went on to win the 3rd place prize at the national final round of the MTNA Chamber Music Competition. They also were the Division II Chamber Ensemble winners at the 2011 Hubbard Music Competition where they were awarded the 2nd place prize in the overall finals. Carl's final degree paper at OSU was a study of composer/performer collaboration. He traveled to Texas, Michigan, and Ohio to interview saxophonists and composers including David Dees, Peter Fischer, John Sampen,Marilyn Shrude, Joe Lulloff, and Charles Ruggiero. He has presented his lecture at the 2011 Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, the 2011 NASA Region IV Conference, and the 2012 OSU Single Reed Summit. As a member of OSU's Jazz Ensemble 1, he has performed with Bob Sheppard, Conrad Herwig, Wayne Bergeron, and Andy Martin.

While at SWOSU, Carl performed as a member of the marching band, wind ensemble, Jazz Ensemble A, saxophone quartet, and his own jazz combo named Five-Seven. As a member of SWOSU's Jazz Ensemble A, he has performed with Dan Haerle, Bob Bowman, Jack Mouse, Fred Forney, Janice Borla, Eddie Daniels, Pamela York, Lynn Seaton, Carl Allen, Dr. Michael Cox, Tom Williams, Dr. Robert Chambers, Dave Hanson, Drori Mondlak, Delores Williams, Byron Stripling, Frank Wess, Kenny Drew Jr.,Dennis Mackrel, Bill Watrous, Rich Eames, Jennifer Leitham, and Randy Drake.

Carl's primary saxophone instructors have been Vince Gnojek, Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert, Dr. Ann Bradfield, Dr. Keith Talley, and William Rodney Hull. He has had additional instruction in lessons and masterclasses from Gary Foster, Dr. Joseph Murphy, Dr. Michael Cox, Bob Sheppard, Johnny Salinas, Dr. Kimberly Goddard Loeffert, Dr. Geoffrey Deibel, Dr. Jonathan Nichol, Dr. Griffin Campbell, Dr. James Laughlin, and Dr. David Dees. Carl's jazz directors have included Dan Gailey, Bob McCurdy, Dr. Jonathan Martin, Dr. Keith Talley, and Dr. Terry Segress.

​Carl lives in Brookings, South Dakota. He enjoys recording several instruments in his home studio and composing new music. His compositions that have been performed include his big band arrangement of Cat Battles by Joshua Redman,September in the Refrain (alto saxophone and electronics), Funk-o-matic (jazz combo), Smooth (jazz combo), and The Deadline Arrives at Dawn (alto saxophone and electronics). As an advocate of new music involving the saxophone, he has participated in a commissioning consortium for Alone Together by composer David MacDonald through Kick Starter. In 2013, Carl performed the premier of Cuento #3 by Nelson Ramirez Diaz. During summer of 2014, he recorded selections from Dr. John Walker's "The Alto Saxophone in the Attic," published by Carl Fischer. At the 10th Annual SDSU/Brookings Optimist Jazz Festival in 2015, Carl directed SDSU Jazz Ensemble I's premier of Dog, Tired by David von Kampen.

​Dr. Carl is a Conn-Selmer Endorsing Artist. He is hosting the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 3 (ND, SD, NE, MN, IA) Conference at South Dakota State University on March 17-18, 2017. On Saturday, April 8, 2017, Carl will be performing Dreams in the Dusk by David Biedenbender with South Dakota State University's Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Jacob Wallace. On Monday, February 6, 2017, Carl will be performing the premiere of Lhotse for alto saxophone and percussion by Steve Danyew with Dr. Aaron Ragsdale.

Photos and Videos

"Smooth Operator" by Sade. Tenor saxophone cover. 3-21-17

Experience

Instructor of Saxophone and Jazz
Jun 2014 - Present
South Dakota State University

Instructor of Saxophone and Jazz

Graduate Teaching Assistant of Saxophone
Aug 2011 - May 2014
University of Kansas

Graduate Teaching Assistant of Saxophone

Graduate Teaching Assistant of Jazz Studies
Aug 2011 - May 2014
University of Kansas

Graduate Teaching Assistant of Jazz Studies

Graduate Teaching Assistant of Music Theory
Aug 2009 - May 2011
Oklahoma State University

Graduate Teaching Assistant of Music Theory

Graduate Teaching Assistant of Saxophone
Aug 2009 - May 2011
Oklahoma State University

Graduate Teaching Assistant of Saxophone

Head Band Director
Aug 2008 - May 2009
Fairview Public Schools

Head Band Director for 5th-12th grade band program

Education

Doctor of Musical Arts
Aug 2011 - May 2014
University of Kansas
Master of Music Pedagogy and Performance
Aug 2009 - May 2011
Oklahoma State University
Bachelor of Music Education
Aug 2002 - May 2008
Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Languages Spoken

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Certified K-12 Music Teacher
May 2008
State of Oklahoma (Southwestern Oklahoma State University)

Awards

Conn-Selmer Endorsing Artist
Dec 2015
Conn-Selmer
DownBeat Student Award (Graduate College Large Jazz Ensemble Division)
Apr 2015
DownBeat
KU Graduate Honors Recital Performance
Feb 2014
University of Kansas
MTNA Chamber Music Competition, National Level, 3rd Place
Mar 2011
Music Teachers National Association
Hubbard Chamber Music Competition, Division II, 1st Place
Feb 2011
Hubbard Chamber Music Competition
Hubbard Chamber Music Competition, Overall, 2nd Place
Feb 2011
Hubbard Chamber Music Competition
MTNA Chamber Music Competition, Regional Level, 1st Place
Jan 2011
Music Teachers National Association
MTNA Chamber Music Competition, State Level, 1st Place
Nov 2010
Music Teachers National Association
KU Jazz Festival, Outstanding College Ensemble
Mar 2010
University of Kansas School of Music
Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
May 2006
Who's Who
OMEA Intercollegiate Honor Band, Principal Saxophonist
Jan 2006
Oklahoma Music Educators Association
KU Jazz Festival, Outstanding Soloist
Mar 2005
University of Kansas School of Music
John Philip Sousa Award
May 2002
Harrah High School
Louie Armstrong Jazz Award
May 2001
Harrah High School

Affiliations

Tau Beta Sigma
Aug 2015

Tau Beta Sigma is a highly respected pre-eminent music organization comprised of over 160 collegiate chapters and more than 3,800 collegiate members with a balanced representation of women and men. Strong leadership thrives throughout our organization and we have a solid financial foundation. We cultivate and sponsor a variety of music education programs for our diverse membership and work closely with collegiate band directors. Our alumni association is an integral part of Tau Beta Sigma, promoting diversity efforts, social networking and assisting members in enhancing their professional leadership and employment possibilities after graduation from college. We are actively engaged in the community through music.

Jazz Education Network
Aug 2015

JEN was formed in 2008 to help bring together the jazz arts community. It hosts an annual conference with concerts presented by students and professionals, a student jazz festival, workshops, research presentations and an exhibition area with manufacturers, retailers, schools and other jazz related organizations. JEN also offers many educational programs, from an outreach program, to mentoring and scholarships.

National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors
Aug 2015

The National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors is a forum for communication within the profession of applied music on the college campus. The Association is composed of university, college, and conservatory teachers and is dedicated to:
Encouraging and developing more effective teaching of wind and percussion instruments on the college level.
Providing the efficient interchange of information, ideas, and materials among the members.
Encouraging the publication, recording, composition, and distribution of good music for wind and percussion instruments.
Fostering the development and manufacture of the best in wind and percussion instruments.
Coordinating the activities of the membership with other groups having common interests.
Encouraging the performance of solo and chamber music in which wind or percussion instruments have significant roles.

Music Teachers National Association
Aug 2010

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

North American Saxophone Alliance
Aug 2010

The North American Saxophone Alliance is an organization made up of individuals who share a common interest in the saxophone. Members include professional performers, university professors, public school teachers, students of all levels, and others who have an interest in the saxophone. In addition to the Alliance's emphasis on disseminating information concerning the saxophone, the organization also works to provide opportunities for its members to make music, fostering fellowship among saxophone enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds.

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America
Mar 2004

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America (also known as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Mu Alpha, or simply Sinfonia) is an American collegiate social[1] fraternity for men with a special interest in music. The fraternity is open to men "who, through a love for music, can assist in the fulfillment of [its] Object and ideals either by adopting music as a profession, or by working to advance the cause of music in America."

Kappa Kappa Psi
Apr 2003

Founded on the campus of Oklahoma State University on November 27, 1919, Kappa Kappa Psi is a guiding light with which band students can grow, learn, and develop themselves and their band programs. Kappa Kappa Psi is an organization of opportunity and quality, brimming with historic, well-developed leadership and membership programming that students use to become great leaders, better band members and better adapted young adults prepared for what lies ahead of them.

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Brian Apr 23, 2017
· Guitar · In studio Dr. Spaeth is an amazing teacher. Knowledgeable, patient, easy to understand, and a great teacher for all skill levels. He is a great musician and impressive improviser.
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Leathia R. S. Apr 4, 2017
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NBD Mar 29, 2017
· Saxophone · Online First lesson. Carl gave my son so many pearls I had to keep writing them down. They were important details - small, simple changes that make a huge difference and improve the sound of an instrument. Great lesson
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Jennifer S. Jan 18, 2017
· Saxophone · Online Carl is an exceptional teacher! He makes effective use of the time, generates and shares a lot of resources, and explains everything clearly. He provides positive and constructive feedback that encourages / motivates to continue practicing. I would highly recommend to anyone.
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Tina .. Nov 3, 2016
· Guitar · Online Great teacher! My daughter goes back to the group lessons every chance she gets.
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Lata V. Oct 23, 2016
· Oboe · Online Excellent teacher.
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Neha V Oct 23, 2016
· Oboe · Online Excellent teacher.Has lots of patience. Explains in detail .i could learn the basics which never were thought at my school.
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Lata Oct 23, 2016
· Saxophone · Online Best instructor ever we found for my kids.With his help and guidance they could make to jazz ensemble of their school competing with 54 kids.

Mr.Carl Thanks for the guidelines and lessons wish to work for longer time together.
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Lata V. Oct 23, 2016
· Saxophone · Online The way he teaches helps me understand how to play better.
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Robert M. Aug 22, 2016
· Saxophone · Online Carl is patient, more patient than I am with my progress. Transitioning from working with a harp and keyboard to a woodwind is getting in the way. I can dedicate an hour's practice a day, but perhaps that's not enough.
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