As of the summer of 2002, Dan Haerle retired from full-time teaching. He was a faculty member in the Jazz Studies Division of the College of Music at the University of North Texas for 25 years (Regents Professor for the last 10 years). He taught Jazz Piano, Jazz Fundamentals, Advanced Jazz Improvisation, Jazz MIDI, Graduate Jazz Improvisation, Rhythm Section Master Class and he supervised the jazz chamber music program. He directed the Jazz Strings and a keyboard ensemble called The Zebras. He taught the courses in basic MIDI theory, sequencing, and jazz notation. He has recorded many Jamey Aebersold playalongs, has several jazz textbooks published, is an active jazz clinician nationally and internationally, and has had a great deal of performing experience. Including adjunct teaching, he taught at North Texas for 35 years.
Dan was inducted into the International Association of Jazz Education "Hall of Fame" at the annual conference in Toronto on January 9, 2003. The IAJE Hall of Fame Award honors individuals whose musical contributions and dedication to jazz education over the past 25 years have created new directions and curricular innovations for jazz education worldwide.
In 2007, Dan completed his modified service at UNT and became a member of the adjunct teaching faculty. In the fall of 2007, he was named Professor Emeritus.
In 2008, Dan joined the faculty of The Dallas School of Music where he taught for seven years.
On January 6, 2012, the Jazz Education Network (JEN) awarded Dan (along with Jamey Aebersold, David Baker, and Jerry Coker) the distinction of "LeJENd of Jazz Education" at its 3rd annual conference in Louisville, Kentucky.
In April of 2014, Dan received the DJAM (Dallas Jazz Appreciation Month) award of Jazz Educator of the year.
In October of 2015, Dan was awarded the 2015 Sammons Jazz Artist of the Year.
Some highlights of performing experience:
- Toured the U. S. and Canada with the Stan Kenton Band during Stan's illness, the summer of 1971
- Toured the U. S. and Europe with the Clark Terry Quintet, the spring, and summer of 1975
- Did extensive recording and show work in Dallas, Miami Beach, and New York, from 1963 to 1975
- Has performed with Chris Connor, Mel Torme, Al Jarreau, Pat Metheny, Dave Liebman, Woody Shaw, Kai Winding, and Freddie Hubbard
- Has been active as a clinician and guest artist at many colleges and universities from 1968 to the present
- Performed and taught in England, Scotland, Sweden, Australia, South Korea, and Thailand from 1979 to the present
Some highlights of teaching at The University of North Texas:
- The highlights of Mr. Haerle’s teaching career have definitely occurred at the University of North Texas. After teaching at other universities for nine years, he came to UNT in 1977. In his tenure there, he was involved in the following activities:
2002-2011 University of North Texas Denton, Texas - Adjunct faculty. Taught private jazz piano lessons. Appointed Professor Emeritus in 2007
1977-2002. University of North Texas Denton, Texas - Professor of Music. Appointed Regents Professor in 1992. taught jazz theory, jazz piano, jazz improvisation, jazz MIDI and was the supervisor of jazz chamber music (small groups). Retired from full-time teaching.
1975-1977 Arizona State University Tempe, Arizona - Associate Professor of Music.
Co-director of Jazz Studies degree program. Taught jazz piano, jazz improvisation, jazz history, jazz styles, and directed jazz ensembles.
1971-1973 University of Miami Coral Gables, Florida - Assistant Professor of Music.
Taught classical theory, jazz piano, jazz improvisation, jazz history, jazz arranging, and directed jazz ensembles.
1968-1971 Monterey Peninsula College Monterey, California - Instructor of Music.
Taught class piano, music theory, jazz history, jazz improvisation, and directed jazz ensembles.
1966-1968 Kansas State University Manhattan, Kansas - Assistant Professor of Music.
Taught freshman and sophomore theory.
1961-1963 Tri-County Community Schools What Cheer, Iowa
Instrumental music director for elementary, junior high, and high school.
Summer Jazz Workshops:
- Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp, pianist in the artist rhythm section in residence
- Rich Matteson Jazz Camp in Telluride, Colorado
- Clark Terry Great Plains Jazz Camp in Emporia, Kansas
- Jamey Aebersold Clinics in Australia, Germany, Scotland, England, and the United States
- Stan Kenton Jazz Camps (no longer in operation)
- National Stage Band Camps (no longer in operation)
- University of North Texas Jazz Camp in Torsas, Sweden
- Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Coe College (1961)
- Master of Music in Composition from North Texas State University (1966)
- Born in Quincy, Illinois in 1937. Attended Madison elementary school and Quincy Junior High and - - High School. In 1953, moved to New York where he attended Flushing High School (junior year) and graduated from Hicksville High School in 1955. In 1957, he moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa where he attended Coe College and graduated in 1961.