Steve Neal

Adjunct Instructor of Percussion

Department/Affiliation: Music
Office Address: Scheide

Steve Neal is a music educator and performer based in Northeast Ohio. His specific interests include teaching percussion and other instruments at the middle school, high school, and collegiate level. Other interests include performing on double second steel drums as well as studying the history of the instrument and its birthplace of Trinidad and Tobago.

Steve earned a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance at The University of Hartford’s The Hartt School where he studied with world- renowned performer and educator Benjamin Toth. While at the Hartt School, Steve immersed himself in several styles of world percussion including Middle Eastern frame drumming with Shane Shanahan, African percussion with Joe Galeota, and jazz vibraphone with Ted Piltzecker.  In addition, Steve earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance and Music Education at The University of Akron. During this time, he studied percussion performance with Dr. Larry Snider, Matthew Dudack, and Mark Gonder and music education with Dr. Laurie Lafferty, Dr. Ann Usher, and Dr. Bryan Nichols.

Steve currently teaches at The College of Wooster where he is an Adjunct Instructor of Percussion. He also teaches private percussion lessons at Jackson High School in Massillon and performs as a member of the Cleveland Browns Drumline.