John-Rine Zabanal is Assistant Professor and Director of String Music Education at the VanderCook College of Music. His duties at VanderCook include teaching string techniques and methods courses, as well as directing the Philharmonic Orchestra and string ensembles. Prior to his appointment at VanderCook, he was an adjunct professor at Florida State University (2019) and he served as the Instrumental Music Director at First Baptist Church of Tallahassee (2018-2019). He was also the Director of Orchestras at Ni River Middle and Riverbend High Schools in Spotsylvania County, Virginia (2010-2016). He has also been an invited adjudicator and guest conductor throughout the east coast.


Dr. Zabanal’s research interests include music perception, music teacher education, and string pedagogy. He has presented research and pedagogy at national conferences for the American String Teacher Association (ASTA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the International Research Symposium for Talent Education with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, as well as state music education conferences nationwide. Additionally, he has articles published with Update: Applications for Music Research, String Research Journal, and the American String Teacher.


​A strong advocate of music education, Dr. Zabanal has held memberships with ASTA, NAfME, Florida Music Educators Association, Virginia Music Educators Association, VBODA, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity. He previously served as the Media Specialist and Editor for the Florida chapter of ASTA (2016-2019) and was also the String Representative for District 15 of VBODA (2014-2016). He holds a Ph.D. in Music Education and a Masters of Music Education from Florida State University as well as a Bachelor of Music Education from The Ohio State University.


​When not making music or teaching students, Dr. Zabanal enjoys photography, traveling, fiddlin' with technology, playing Frisbee, and being surrounded by wonderful people.