Robert Vandall and his wife, Karen, teach about 20 students in their independent piano studio at home in New Philadelphia, Ohio. He was born in Akron, Ohio, but now enjoys living on the edge of the dairy farm where his wife was reared. Before moving to New Philadelphia in l977 and starting over as an independent piano teacher, Mr. Vandall taught group piano, music theory, music literature and listening, and directed the choral ensembles for nine years in community colleges in Springfield, IL and Flat River, MO.
He earned his B.M. in Piano Performance in l966 from Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, OH and his M.M. in Piano Performance in l968 from the University of Illinois.
His writing and arranging of piano education materials came directly from his contact with his own students. Some of his piano materials are published by Kjos, Boston, Willis, Warner Brothers and Hal Leonard. Myklas Music Press was his main publisher for twenty-five years. Alfred Publishing Company acquired Myklas in 2004 and is now his exclusive publisher. He is in demand as a clinician as he and his wife have presented workshops in 30 states and the District of Columbia. His compositions are on many piano teacher organizations required lists, as well as in the National Federation of Music Clubs Junior Festival Bulletin He holds Permanent Professional Certification as a member of Music Teachers National Association, is an active member of the Ohio Music Teachers Association, is past president of the Tuscarawas County Music Teachers Association, is an MTNA Foundation Fellow from Ohio, and is an active member of the Fortnightly Music Club of New Philadelphia, affiliated with the National Federation of Music Clubs. He and his wife are counselors of a Junior Federated music club. He has appeared on MTNA national conventions as well as state convention programs in Ohio, Kansas, Florida, Iowa, Oklahoma, Utah, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Wisconsin, Texas, Illinois, Arizona, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Nevada, Virginia, Maryland, and Idaho, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Tennessee. He has directed large piano ensembles in New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Kansas, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Arizona. He and Karen have directed the All-Ohio Piano Ensemble on three occasions. He was a faculty member of the International Workshop in Biarritz, France. He was a clinician for the Goshen College Piano Workshop on two occasions and was featured as their first Composer of the Year. Piano teacher groups from OH, WI, IN, MS, IA, NC, KS, CA, PA, IL, MO, GA, AZ, AR, VA, VT and TX have commissioned solos and duets from Mr. Vandall for their students. He and his wife have been faculty members for the Junior Student Seminars at the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado.
He is a recipient of the University of Illinois School of Music Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award in 1990 and, with his wife Karen, the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music Achievement Award in 1991.
His hobbies take him outdoors with his wife, as they both enjoy gardening, walking and hiking. He and his wife are the parents of two grown sons; Chris, a professional percussionist and music teacher, and Bruce, a landscape designer. They enjoy being the grandparents of five grandchildren. He and his wife have been active in their church as choir director, youth leaders, singers in the adult choir, ringers in the hand bell choir, and Sunday school musicians and teachers, as well as serving on numerous committees.