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Neil-Dominic Chaban grew up in the heart of the music scene of Chester County. After rigorous classical study, Neil attended West Chester University on an educator’s scholarship. Once at West Chester, he earned merit scholarships for performance, pedagogy, and academics. He was mentored in the music education department by Ann McFarland, a specialist in methodology. Directed by his piano teacher Dr. Theresa Klinefelter and organ teacher Mrs. Anita Greenlee, Neil participated in master classes and performances all over Pennsylvania. He completed his degree abroad at Korea University, where he earned a scholarship after receiving a 4.0 in Korean coursework.
Neil is a certified educator and scholar of the Kodaly Method, which is known the world over for developing the highest quality ‘conservatory-ready’ musicians. Through research and practice, he is able to design instruction to be experience based and hands on. Moving from these experiences, students gain a thorough and authentic understanding of the musical language. Neil is a collector of authentic folk music, which he uses to enrich his lessons and classroom experiences. His students are known for their professional independence, musicianship, and literacy.
As a scholar and researcher, Neil is known for applying effective practices in a variety of settings. He has instructed music in the Upper Darby and Downingtown School districts. He also serves as Director of Music at Jordan Evangelical Lutheran Church, directing the adult Chorale, Brass Sinfonia, and playing the pipe organ.
Additionally, Neil has over 10 years of private piano instruction on his resume. He taught privately for five years in the Suzuki Method, known for nurturing talent in young children ages 4-7. Many of his students earned awards at major festivals in Chester County. Neil also has a knack for starting older beginners on piano through unique approaches of developing coordination and musicianship.
At the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, Neil instructs a wide variety of courses. He instructs the highly competitive piano studio where he directs three yearly recitals. The recitals are known for their diverse repertory selection, and unrivaled musicality. On the vocal side, Neil instructs 9th Grade Vocal Techniques and the Treble Choir, where he helps develop independent musicianship skills that help students meet their career goals. He is also known for his rigorous teaching in the Music Theory department, helping students expand their understanding of music and enrich their musicianship skills. After school, Neil is music director of the yearly musicals.