Biography

John Rine Zabanal is a music educator, conductor, clinician, and researcher. 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. He published articles with Update: Applications for Music Research, String Research Journal, and the American String Teacher. Additionally, he serves on the editorial board for AST, Update, and Contributions to Music Education. He has also been an invited adjudicator and guest conductor throughout the east coast.

​A strong advocate of music education, Dr. Zabanal has held memberships with ASTA, NAfME, State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education, Florida Music Educators Association, Illinois Music Educators Association, Virginia Music Educators Association, Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association, 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).

Dr. Zabanal currently holds a position as instruction systems specialist in K–12 music with the Department of Defense Education Activity where he oversees music programs on U.S. military bases worldwide. Prior to his appointment at DoDEA, he was an assistant professor and director of string music education at VanderCook College of Music (2019–2021), adjunct professor in music education at Florida State University (2019), instrumental music director of the First Baptist Church of Tallahassee (2018–2019), and the director of orchestras at Ni River Middle and Riverbend High Schools in Spotsylvania County, Virginia (2010-2016). He holds degrees from The Ohio State University (BME, 2010) and Florida State University (MME, 2014; Ph.D., 2019).

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