Born: July 20, 1863, Brook­lyn, New York.

Died: De­cem­ber 5, 1924, Or­ange, New Jer­sey.

Neidlinger stu­died with Dud­ley Buck and C. C. Mul­ler in New York (1880-90). Un­til 1896, he played the or­gan at St. Mi­chael’s Church in New York City. He al­so con­duct­ed the Am­phi­on Male Chor­us and the Ce­ci­lia Wo­men’s Chorus in Brook­lyn, and the Tre­ble Clef Club and Mann­heim Glee Club in Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia. He went on to study with E. Dann­reu­ther in London (1896-98), then worked in Paris as a sing­ing teach­er un­til 1901. Re­turn­ing to Amer­i­ca, he set­tled in Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois, where for se­ver­al years he was one of the most prom­i­nent sing­ing teach­ers. Frank King Clark was one of his pu­pils and, for a time, his as­sist­ant. The suc­cess of his Small Songs for Small Sing­ers, a stand­ard work for kin­der­gar­tens, turned his at­tention to that line of com­po­si­tion and to child psy­chol­o­gy, which grad­u­al­ly ab­sorbed his in­ter­est to such an ex­tent that he prac­ti­cal­ly aban­doned mu­sic, and es­tab­lished a school for han­di­capped child­ren in East Or­ange, New Jer­sey. His works in­clude:


  1. The Birth­day of a King