I have a doctorate of music, teach university, and 5th-12th grade students. I play both classical and jazz.

Hi! My name is Dr. Carl Spaeth, and I am a musician and educator based out of Oklahoma. I’ve been teaching for 10 years now, and have held positions as a university lecturer, public schools teacher, and online lesson instructor. I have doctorate and masters degrees in saxophone as well as a bachelors degree in music education. While saxophone is my primary instrument, I also play and teach guitar, piano, bass guitar, flute, clarinet, oboe, music technology, music theory, and jazz improvisation.

I’m glad to see that you’re interested in private music lessons with me! My students range from ages 6 and up and include beginners up to graduate students. While my lessons are fit to individual needs, my students also benefit from multiple handouts and exercises that I share with them. I love sharing my passion for music with others, and I hope to hear from you soon so we can work together to achieve your goals during your musical journey. See you in class!

Here's more about me as an educator:

Dr. Carl Spaeth maintains an online and in-person music studio, where he teaches several instruments privately and in group settings including saxophone, guitar, oboe, music theory, flute, clarinet, and piano. Spaeth teaches Saxophone and Jazz Studies at the University of Tulsa as an adjunct faculty member. During Spring 2019, Spaeth taught Music Theory and Saxophone at Oklahoma State University.

Spaeth previously taught at Oklahoma State University as a Lecturer of Saxophone and Music Theory during Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert's sabbatical during Fall 2017. In 2018, Dr. Spaeth created the Online Music Lesson Program at Palen Music Center. Spaeth was Instructor of Jazz and Saxophone at South Dakota State University from 2014-2017. Spaeth 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.

Dr. Spaeth is a Conn-Selmer Endorsing Artist. He hosted the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 3 (ND, SD, NE, MN, IA) Conference at South Dakota State University on March 17-18, 2017. In April 2017, Spaeth performed solo tenor saxophone and orchestral clarinet in Ethan Bortnick's national PBS Special called "Generations of Music," which featured special guest, Peter Yarrow, from Peter, Paul and Mary.

Experience & Education

  • University of Kansas 2011 – 2014
    Doctor of Music
    Doctor of Music (saxophone) and Graduate Teaching Assistant for Saxophone and Jazz Studies
  • Oklahoma State University 2009 – 2011
    Master of Music Pedagogy and Performance
    Master of Music Pedagogy and Performance (Saxophone) and Graduate Teaching Assistant for Saxophone and Music Theory.
  • South Dakota State University 2014 – 2017
    Instructor of Jazz and Saxophone
    Duties: Direct Annual SDSU/Brookings Optimist Jazz Festival, directing Jazz Ensembles I-II, Jazz Combos, Jazz Improvisation lessons, Jazz Pedagogy, online Jazz Appreciation, private saxophone lessons, saxophone quartets, private oboe lessons, etc.
  • Oklahoma State University 2017 – 2017
    Lecturer of Graduate Saxophone and Music Theory (Sabbatical Replacement)
    Lecturer of Graduate Saxophone and Music Theory (Sabbatical Replacement) Duties: Teach graduate saxophone lessons, graduate music theory review, graduate saxophone pedagogy, and saxophone studio class.
  • Fairview Public Schools 2008 – 2009
    Director of Bands
    Director of Bands for 5th-12th grade public school band program.
  • University of Tulsa 2018 – Present
    Adjunct Faculty
    Adjunct Faculty Duties: Teach undergraduate Saxophone Lessons, Saxophone Quartet, Jazz Ear Training I-IV, Jazz Improv/Combo Class, Classical Ear Training, and direct Big Band II.
  • Oklahoma State University 2019 – 2019
    Adjunct Professor
    Duties: Teach undergraduate saxophone lessons, Music Theory I, and two sections of Music Theory II.
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Brian H August

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."

Arthur W. August

Carl S. is a FANTASTIC performer and educator. I've seen him perform and teach in a variety of settings, and I respect him immensely. He is a wonderful, compassionate, motivated teacher. I wouldn't hesitate to send any student looking to improve their musical abilities. You will have made the right choice!"

Deborah W August

Carl is very friendly and patient. His first concern was to understand me and what I want to get out of my lessons. He gave me outstanding resources throughout our lesson, and I have clear objectives for next time. We used our time very efficiently - I was impressed!! Excellent teacher - so pleased I selected him. :)

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