Ronald Carter

Ronald Carter

Distinguished Professor Performing & Fine Arts
UNC-Fayetteville State University


Ronald Carter – Former Distinguished Professor, UNC-Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC. Carter is former director of the world-renowned Northern Illinois University (NIU) Jazz Ensemble and former Director of Jazz Studies is continuing to educate students in jazz education and performance on university, high school, and performing arts schools and campuses across the country, South America and Canada. 

As an educator, Carter has presented workshops as a guest conductor, artist, clinician, or adjudicator at Michigan State University, Georgia State University, Western Illinois University, University of Northern Colorado, Iowa State University, University of Kansas, Southern Illinois University, University of Illinois, University of Iowa, Northern Illinois University, Hampton University, Loyola University, Coe College, Augustana College, Vander Cook College of Music, and Georgia State College, and Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. He has performed, conducted, and presented clinics at regional, national, and international conferences, and directed all-state jazz bands in Illinois, Indiana, Rhode Island, Missouri, Texas, Wisconsin, Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Kentucky, Vermont, Arizona, Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Washington, Oregon and Massachusetts, Louisiana, and Alabama. Carter conducted the Florida State University Tri-State All-Star Jazz Band in 2017.

Carter who worked 18 years in the East St. Louis School District as the former director of the Lincoln Senior High School Jazz Band, also performed professionally in the St. Louis metropolitan area as a freelance musician on saxophone, clarinet, flute, and as a vocalist. He co-directed the group Infiniti and performed with the legendary George Hudson Orchestra. Carter has also performed professionally with Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Lena Horne, Lou Rawls, The Jimmy Dorsey Band, Wallace Roney, Wynton Marsalis, The Temptations, The Dells, Oliver Lake, Hamiett Bluiett, Leon Thomas, Art Davis, Fareed Haque, Joseph Bowie, Frank Mantooth, Terell Stafford, Orbert Davis, Carl Allen, Rodney Whitaker, and many others.

An abbreviated list of his honors and awards includes Downbeat Magazine’s Jazz Educators Hall of Fame, The Woody Herman Music Award (Birch Creek Music Center), The 1991 Milken National Distinguished Educator Award, Southern Illinois University Excellence in Teaching Award, and the St. Louis American Newspaper’s Excellence in Teaching Award and Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees Professorship.

Recently accepted appointment as Felton J. Capel Distinguished Professor of Performing and Fine Arts UNC – Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC.

Carter’s projects include former International Consultant for the Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York; former Lead Artist for the Jazz At Lincoln Center Band Director’s Academy; Co-Author for Alfred Publications “Swingin’ On The Bars”, and co-author of GIA Music Publications “Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz – Book I & II as well as a contributing author to the Beginning Jazz Ensemble Textbook.

Carter is currently an artist for Conn-Selmer Inc., Education Consultant for Conn-Selmer Inc. and artist for D’Addario Woodwinds –(Rico Reeds)

  Session Titles

Jazz Big Band Techniques


Developing a jazz band through learning several approaches to teaching jazz styles, rhythmic feel and vocalization of jazz phrasing.

Preparing Your Jazz Band For Competitions!


Several rehearsal techniques will be presented on how to clarify rhythm section, woodwind and brass section roles within specific styles of jazz. Also how to use dynamics and Tomsk control to score effectively in all competitive situations.

Teaching Improvisation In A Large Group Setting


Using cultural approaches of dance, vocalization and call & response to teaching beginning to advanced jazz improvisation.

Selecting repertoire for your jazz program


Helpful hints on selecting authentic literature for all levels of jazz bands and specific composers and arrangers that work best.

Starting a jazz band in your traditional band program.


Several approaches to curriculum, recruitment and repertoire for starting a jazz program.