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, offering instruction in piano, guitar, voice and songwriting/composition. I am located on the west side of Champaign, Illinois (see the LOCATION page for more details) and I am one of the few private music instructors in this community that makes a living solely from music instruction—and that is because I am exceedingly good at teaching music!
If you are a prospective music student, first, read through the information on this website (and look carefully—I have hidden a coupon somewhere on one of the pages—if you find it, you can use it to get a discount off your tuition!). You can access all of the information using the menu at the top left of the page. I have tried to be very thorough and provide as much relevant information as possible about myself and my music studio. Then, go to the CONTACT page and send me a message. I will reply as soon as I am able and then we can set up a day/time for your first music lesson!
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 piano and voice lessons for five years at the Morton Academy of Music in Morton, Illinois.
In 1994, I moved to Champaign and have been composing and teaching music 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 directors 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’ve held membership in many professional music organizations over the years including the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, and even in the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers!
I am also a published and award-winning composer and a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
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