Robert Vandall and his wife, Karen, teach about 20 students in their independent piano studio at home in New Philadelphia, Ohio. Before this, he taught group piano, music theory, and music literature and listening for nine years at community colleges in Springfield, IL and Flat River, MO.
Vandall earned his B.M. in Piano Performance in 1966 from Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio and his M.M. in Piano Performance in 1968 from the University of Illinois. He holds Permanent Professional Certification from the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and has appeared at multiple MTNA national and state conventions. He has also presented at workshops in thirty states and in the District of Columbia, and has directed piano ensembles across the nation. He was a faculty member of the International Workshop in Biarritz, France.
Additionally, Vandall has written and arranged many piano education materials, and associations of piano teachers in nearly twenty states have commissioned solos and duets from Mr. Vandall for their students. Vandall received the University of Illinois School of Music Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award in 1990 and, with his wife, the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music Achievement Award in 1991.
His hobbies take him outdoors, as he and his wife both enjoy gardening, walking and hiking. He Is an active member of the Ohio Music Teachers Association and the Fortnightly Music Club of New Philadelphia, affiliated with the National Federation of Music Clubs, as well. He is father to two grown sons—Chris, a professional percussionist and music teacher, and Bruce, a landscape designer—and has five grandchildren.