Robert Vandall and his wife, Karen, taught about 20 students in their independent piano studio at home in New Philadelphia, Ohio. Before that, he taught group piano, music theory, and music literature and listening for nine years at community colleges in Springfield, IL and Flat River, MO.
Vandall earned his B.M. in Piano Performance in 1966 from Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio and his M.M. in Piano Performance in 1968 from the University of Illinois. He held Permanent Professional Certification from the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and appeared at multiple MTNA national and state conventions. He also presented at workshops in thirty states and in the District of Columbia, and directed piano ensembles across the nation. He was a faculty member of the International Workshop in Biarritz, France.
Additionally, Vandall wrote and arranged many piano education materials, and associations of piano teachers in nearly twenty states commissioned solos and duets from Mr. Vandall for their students. Vandall received the University of Illinois School of Music Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award in 1990 and, with his wife, the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music Achievement Award in 1991.
His hobbies reflected his love of the outdoors, as he and his wife both enjoyed gardening, walking, and hiking. He was an active member of the Ohio Music Teachers Association and the Fortnightly Music Club of New Philadelphia, affiliated with the National Federation of Music Clubs. He had two sons—Chris, a professional percussionist and music teacher, and Bruce, a landscape designer—and five grandchildren.