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john rine zabanal

musician, educator, conductor



John Rine Zabanal is an educator, conductor, clinician, and researcher in string music education. He has presented research and pedagogy at national conferences for the American String Teacher Association, the National Association for Music Education, the International Research Symposium for Talent Education with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, as well as state music education conferences nationwide. He has articles published with Update: Applications for Music Research, String Research Journal, and the American String Teacher, and served on the editorial board for AST, SRJUpdate, and Contributions to Music Education. He has been invited to adjudicate festivals and conduct honor orchestras in Japan and across the United States.

Dr. Zabanal is currently an instructional systems specialist in K–12 music at the Department of Defense Education Activity where he supports music programs at schools on U.S. military bases worldwide. He was previously assistant professor and director of string music education at VanderCook College of Music, where he taught courses in string techniques, string methods, and conducting, directed the Philharmonic Orchestra and string ensembles, and supervised student teachers. He was also an adjunct professor at Florida State University where he taught courses in music education and music technology. He was previously the orchestra teacher at Riverbend High School, Ni River Middle School, and Freedom Middle School in Spotsylvania County Public Schools, Virginia. He holds degrees in music education from The Ohio State University (BME) and Florida State University (MME, Ph.D.).

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