WELCOME

If you are interested in music lessons for yourself or your child, you have come to the right place! My name is Ryan Neaveill (last name rhymes with “level”), and I have been performing, composing and teaching music to kids and adults of all ages for over thirty years. I am located on the west side of Champaign, Illinois.

GETTING STARTED

If you are a prospective student, first, read through the information on this website. I have tried to be very thorough and provide as much relevant information as possible about myself and my studio. Then, go to the CONTACT page and send me a message. I will reply as soon as I am able and we will set something up!

MY BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE

After receiving my bachelors degree in music composition and theory in 1989 from Illinois Wesleyan University (Bloomington, Illinois) where I majored in piano and minored in voice, I taught for five years at the Morton Academy of Music in Morton, Illinois.

In 1994, I moved to Champaign and have been composing and teaching in this community ever since. Over the past three decades, I have pretty much “done it all” musically, having performed with many diverse groups from orchestras to jazz ensembles to concert bands to rock bands to music theater troupes to acapella singing groups to playing gigs in piano bars! I have adjudicated state music contests for the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), served on the board of the Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA), conducted and directed numerous church music programs and have done masters level work at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, in the area of music ministry.

I am also a published and award-winning composer, a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and have been a recipient of the ASCAPlus Award for many years, as well as various other honors and awards.