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 2014. His responsibilities include directing the SDSU/Brookings Optimist Jazz Festival, directing Jazz Ensembles I-II, and teaching the saxophone studio. He 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 also currently a member of the North American Saxophone Alliance and has held previous memberships with Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Delta Pi, the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association, and Music Educators National Conference.

While at KU, he 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, he 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.

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. He 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. 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, he 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. Jonathon 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. His music theory instructors have included Dr. Bryan "Kip" Haaheim, Dr. Scott Murphy, Dr. Alan Street, Dr. Brant Adams, Dr. Igor Karaca, Dr. David Bessinger, and Dr. Dennis Widen.

Dr. Carl S. lives in Brookings, South Dakota with his family. He enjoys recording several instruments in his home studio and composing new music. His compositions that have been performed include 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. Most recently, he performed the premier of Cuento #3 by Nelson Ramirez Diaz.

Photos and Videos

"Happy Song." A fun approach to song writing.

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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36 Reviews on Carl S.

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Robert M. Aug 22, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
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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Sudin Aug 19, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Great lesson - got a very nice primer on music theory from Carl today.
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Lee B. Jul 28, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
Great experience so far, really enjoying learning with Carl.
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Nick Jul 17, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher!
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Sudin Jun 28, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Carl is a wonderful teacher. We covered a lot of ground in my first lesson, but at a pace that was comfortable for me. Looking forward to the next lesson!
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Dwight B. Apr 30, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
After our first online session, I am totally convinced that my prolonged and diligent search for the "very best saxophone instructor" has absolutely led me to the very best for me. Dr. Carl far exceeds the standards and expectations for which I sought in my new saxophone instructor!

Dwight Baker
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Vikram R. Apr 28, 2016
Clarinet · Online
Verified Student
Vikram loved the class. He is looking forward to the next one!
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Vikram R. Apr 27, 2016
Clarinet · Online
Verified Student
Vikram loved the class. He is looking forward to the next one!
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Kayla Mar 21, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
Carl is an excellent instructor for our daughter who is somewhat unsure of herself, especially with a new instrument. With his expertise, patient and guidance, I can see her saxophone skills already improving. Two thumbs up!!!
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Jarett Mar 7, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Excellent teacher. Helping with jazz band and marching band. We are also going to start the clarinet.