Ruth Nielsen

Ruth N.

Riverton, UT

About Ruth N.

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Ruth teaches: Females 5 and up
Males 5 to 14
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Teaching since: January 1980
Last sign in: 5 days ago


Ruth Ann was born and raised in Utah and recently returned to Utah after teaching piano, voice and violin at the Happy Valley Arts Academy in Oregon.
Ruth has trained approximately 2000 private piano, violin and voice students over the past 30 plus years. She loves teaching and takes pride in helping her students reach their goals, gain self confidence and become self disciplined.

Ruth has performed extensively in a variety of genres. She has played the leading lady in several plays, musicals, operettas and operas including, Etta Place in the musical "Butch & the Kid" at Robert Redford's Sundance Theatre.

In addition, Ruth has performed as Soprano Soloist with the Utah Symphony, Salt Lake Symphony, Utah Valley Symphony and BYU Philharmonic Orchestra. She played 2nd Violin with the Murray Symphony Orchestra in Utah.

Ruth has won several classical singing competitions. She was a finalist in the International Bach Vocal Competition, "Musica Sacra."

Ruth Ann is currently working as a private music teacher and music composer.

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Music Composer for the "Opera by Children" program
Sep 2014 - Aug 2015
Utah Festival Opera

Taught children how to put lyrics to melody. Recorded the children's melodies and composed an opera for each class involved in the program. The classes then performed them for their student body.


Aug 1992 - May 1993
ITT Tech
Applied Music
Aug 1970 - May 1973
Brigham Young University


Teacher of Violin, Piano and Voice
May 2016
The Happy Valley Arts Academy

Ruth recently taught all ages in piano, violin and voice. The academy is in Happy Valley, Oregon, which is a suburb of Portland.

Music Teacher for Bruin Point Elementary School
Aug 2007
Carbon County School District

I was certified to teach music in all the grades at Bruin Point Elementary School.


"Musica Sacre" International Bach Competition
Jun 1995
Musica Sacre Board NYC
Winner of "Joy of Music" National Singing Competition
Jun 1977
Joy of Singing Board

5 Reviews on Ruth N.

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Natasha May 22, 2017
· Violin · Online We appreciate your great work!!!
Jason May 7, 2017
· Piano · In home She was great at getting me to do the right rhythm, which is something that I still use to this day. Her teaching style is very memorable, and I couldn't have a better teacher for the piano.
Mattea Apr 27, 2017
· Violin · In home Ruth N. helped me learn how to play the violin really well. Even though I was horrible at it, she encouraged me to try my best and just have fun. I don't play the violin any more but I will never forget my experience with Ruth, she was wonderful.
Nate Apr 23, 2017
· Violin · In studio I've observed Ruth's musical prowess for years. She has spent her entire life pursuing various aspects of music, and is a wonderful person as well. She has taught me many things musically, and I would not hesitate to recommend her as a teacher at any level.
Natalie Apr 10, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home Ruth Ann helped me prepare for a concert. She has a deep musical background and helped me learn to sing my part correctly. I am so grateful to her for her patience and for helping me feel confident in my singing. I highly recommend her.
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