Rhoderick McNeill completed his formal music education at University of Melbourne with his PhD The Life and Works of E.J. Moeran (1982). He also studied singing (with Brian Hansford) and composition (with Barry Conyngham and Peter Tahourdin). Rhod taught singing, music theory and history at Nommensen University in Medan, Indonesia (1985-1995) and his two-volume history of Western Music in Indonesian has been in print continuously since 1998. From 1996 to the present, Rhod has taught music theory and history at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba where he is currently Professor and Head of the School of Arts and Communication.
In the early 2000s Rhod developed the initial Music Craft curriculum for the AMEB and, subsequently, has served as Principal Examiner for Music Theory and Musicianship for AMEB Qld. His second book The Australian Symphony from Federation to 1960 (Ashgate 2014), is the first published survey of some 60 Australian symphonies. This book on Carl Vine will lead to the next phase of Rhod’s research which is planned to survey Australian symphonic music from the 1960s to the present.