Dr. Spondike is an experienced musician and music educator. A working musician since 1976, Dr. Spondike is dedicated to sharing musical understanding as a core education principle. Many of Dr. Spondike’s high school students have been awarded two to three semesters of music theory credit upon entering an undergraduate music program.
Business Proprietor, Dr. Spike’s Music Theory Clinic; Copley, Ohio – 2011-Present
Developed and implemented an online music theory education website as an aide for students and teachers, complete with video and text lessons, homework examples, and interactive tutoring.
Music Teacher, Akron Public Schools; Akron, Ohio – 1998-Present
Developed and implemented the curriculum for a two year sequence in music theory, Advanced Placement music theory, and music history at the Firestone High School Campus for the Visual and Performing Arts. Conductor for the annual FHS musical and for the Kenmore High School orchestra.
Television Production; Cincinnati, Ohio (1990-1996)
Television Director and Engineer for WLWT, WCPO, and AD for The Jerry Springer Show.
Kent State University, Kent, Ohio – Ph.D. Music Theory and Composition, 2001
University of Akron, Akron, Ohio – M.M. Music Education, 1996
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio – B.F.A. Photography and Cinema, 1988
Private Instructors – Dennis Eberhard, Frank Wiley, David Bernstein, Yehudi Weiner, Marshall Griffith, Leonard Orcino, πHarry Davidson, Yowell Levi
Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, since 2001
Most Influential High School Teacher, University of Akron Honors College, 2011
Schnappschuss von der Erde, 2006 & 2010 – ICAD Conference Proceedings
A Strategy for Composing Music Using the Sonification of “Snapshot”-type Data Collections, 2006 & 2010 – ICAD Conference Proceedings
Ten Norwegian Sketches, 2006 – Queen’s Temple Publications, U.K.
The Effects of Spectral Peak Frequency Difference of the Perception of Crossing Musical Scales, 2001 -UMI
Out of a Fair Port, 2001 -UMI
Learning to Listen, (co-author), 1997 – Kent State University
Recording Credits (Bassist)
Alone Together, 2006 – Terrance Hazely, New Directions Quintet
Garment of Praise, 2005 – Carla Davis
One Silent Night, 2003 – Neil Zaza
Algorithmic and fractal based music composition