Neal has worked a music educator for the last 20 years after completing his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Composition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts in 1998. He attended California State University Fullerton and studied with 7 string guitar master Ron Eschete and received two scholarships from the “Friends of Jazz.” He has played in several jazz, funk, and soul music ensembles and also as a musician in many musical theatre productions. He has been lucky enough to learn and share the stage with many greats such as Milo Peterson, Brad Rabuchin, Larry Knoose, David Becker, James Moody, Bob Florence, Mark White, Garrison Fewell to name a few.
Neal enjoys teaching students of all ages beginning to advanced. Neal’s approach teaching is first with the mindset, “let’s have fun!” Mixed in with having fun is building real skills and technique that give you the ability to make the most out of your music. He believes the process of learning about music helps you to build life skills which will help all aspects of our lives and can help find your place the arts or find the arts in your place.