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Try the first lesson and if you’re not satisfied we'll refund any unused lessons.

About Ruth R.

I have been teaching private piano lessons for 11 years, beginning in 2006. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and Music from Millikin University where I studied vocal performance, piano, and music education. I am also a professional vocalist and perform at local churches. I look forward to working with you and sharing the joys of music!

  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 2007
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Reviews (26)

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Tom B. Sep 17, 2019
Piano · In home

Ruth is an awesome instructor. She is very patient and has a unique way of making the lessons fun and relaxed. I am 61 years old and revisiting the piano after not playing for 45 years. Ruth has made the lessons very productive. Each week I feel like I've really progressed! Yea!!

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Lucas Sep 11, 2019
Piano · In studio

Ruth has been wonderful! She is gentle with kids, kind, and very knowledgeable. I am so happy to have found her for my son to take lessons from.

Hali Jul 23, 2019
Classical Piano · In home

Ruth is so patient with my 7 year old son! He has fun and is learning a lot!

Andrew Mar 30, 2019
Classical Piano · In home

Ruth was patient and kind, but also managed to teach my son something new in just half an hour.

Rochelle Aug 29, 2018
Piano · In studio

We love Ruth. My daughter is learning and we are really happy with the lessons. We would recommend Ruth and think she is a wonderful teacher.

Amanda Aug 6, 2018
Piano · In studio

Ruth is wonderful. She is very flexible in making sure we get our scheduled lesson. She is alway so patient and kind to my son. My son is loving piano and it makes us so happy! It all has to do with the instructor, for sure!

Fiona Jun 30, 2018
Piano · In home

We find Ruth to be knowledgeable, approachable, flexible, and friendly. While she is far gentler than the piano teacher I grew up with, for the right student I think this would be an advantage.

Sara Nov 3, 2017
Piano · In home

Ruth was so patient with me! Can't wait to keep learning!

Anne &. Jun 27, 2017
Piano · In studio

Ruth is a fabulous teacher and very patient with my two young children.

Jesse May 6, 2017
Piano · Online

Shortly after my 37th birthday, I decided I wanted to learn to play piano. Although I hadn't touched a musical instrument in over 20 years and forgotten a vast majority of what I had learned as a child, Ruth was there to coach me through the process. She's incredibly knowledgeable about music, shown flexibility when I've had scheduling conflicts, and genuinely cares about my progress. She's been instrumental (pun intended!) in my musical journey and I can't say enough great things about her. Thank you, Ruth!

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Nathan H. Apr 23, 2017
Piano · In studio

Ruth is an amazing teacher. She is patient and has an excellent grasp on music theory, something that was lacking when I took lessons as a child and even when I was in band through high school. She goes at your pace and caters lessons to your needs. I've learned so much from her, thank you Ruth!

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Bodhi K. Apr 5, 2017
Piano · In home

Ruth was so wonderful with the kids! We are so excited for our next lesson and lessons to come!

Luke V. Jun 23, 2016
Piano · In studio

Great first lesson, thanks!

Amelia R. Jun 8, 2016
Classical Piano · In home

Ruth and my daughter are a perfect fit. She is very excited to continue taking lesson with Ruth.

Sheryl G. May 18, 2016
Health Coaching · Online

I started taking online piano lessons with Ruth and learned that she is also a health coach. As a 43 year old mother, I was told by my doctor that I needed to get my weight down. Since I was so impressed with how patient and knowledgeable Ruth was about music and health, I decided to book health coaching sessions with her. Her program is very informative and educational. She understands that everyone's life is different and that not one diet or plan works for all. She tailored the program to accommodate my busy lifestyle and I am happy to report that I have lost 20lbs since we started earlier this year! Now, thanks to Ruth, I am skinnier and can play a musical instrument!

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Veronica B. May 18, 2016
Piano · Online

My daughter has been taking lessons with Ruth for over 2 years and she loves it! Ruth is very open to working on songs she likes. Not only does she learn to read the music, but really seems to understand the theory behind the music. I highly recommend Ruth. She is an exceptional teacher!

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Bill Mar 16, 2016
Piano · In studio

I am a piano student in my late 50's and have been taking lessons for 2 1/2 years now. I begin taking lessons with Ruth a little over a year ago and not only has my playing skilled increased significantly, but also my understanding of music in general. Ruth is very knowledgeable and an extremely patient person when it comes to teaching. I highly recommend her to anyone of any age or skill level.

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Brian G. Feb 24, 2016
Piano · In home

Ruth is great with our 5 year old twins. The are excited for the lessons.

Cole H. Feb 3, 2016
Piano · In home

First lesson with Ruth was great! 10 year old enjoyed his lesson

Jumana M. Dec 22, 2015
Piano · In home

Great first lesson my daughter is very excited!

Tia Nov 13, 2015
Piano · In studio

I have been with Ruth for about 14 months. As a beginner, and an adult, I came into our lessons with a few concerns: Can I actually learn to play an instrument in my late 20s? Will I be able to keep up? Will I be stuck playing childish songs for the first few years? Fortunately Ruth was able to put these worries to rest. Not only is she patient and comforting, working with me at my own pace, she is great at breaking down theory and technique in a way that is easy for anyone at any age to understand. And the book that she has me using is filled with a large collection of songs specifically chosen for adult students; it's great!
Ruth has been nothing but a blessing; I enjoy our lessons thoroughly and I look forward to them every week.

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Mr. B. Nov 11, 2015
Piano · In studio

Ruth is a very good Piano Teacher. I've worked with her for years and notice how she motivates her student to do there best.

KMc Nov 11, 2015
Classical Piano ·

Ruth is a phenomenal instructor! She's been teaching my son piano since he was four years old and it has been a wonderful experience!

Maria Nov 10, 2015
Piano · In studio

Great teacher, very knowledgeable, my daughter loves her piano lessons and is improving greatly! I certainly recommend her!

George K. Sep 24, 2015
Piano · In home

I've been taking lessons from Ruth for almost a year. I have improved more with her than other instructors. She has been good at teaching me how to practice better and consequently enjoying playing more. I would highly recommend taking lessons from Ruth.


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Billy E. Jun 14, 2014
Classical Piano · In home

Ruth is one of the most talented instructors I have ever had the privilege to learn under. As a young adult, I have been through a handful of classical piano teachers, and it's easy to say that Ruth is the best. If your want a musical instructor who is not only extremely knowledgeable, but also patient and kind, then Ruth is your person!

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Piano Teacher
Sep 2007 - Present

The Ancona School | Offbeat Music Studio | Piano Trends

I am a driven, professional music teacher with experience in piano instruction across versatile student groups and classroom settings. In addition, my qualifications include a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education and Music Performance from Millikin University. In addition to, my most recent and current positions are in piano and vocal instruction at The Ancona School, Offbeat Music, Piano Trends and Avanti Music Academy. During the course of my teaching experience, I have always strived to help my students achieve their highest potential. There is nothing more fulfilling for the student and the teacher alike than seeing improvement and elevating the level of skill in music performance. In the different types of classroom settings, I maintain a productive environment, while remaining approachable to my students for discussions about their music advancement. My communication skills enable me to easily connect with students, parents and colleagues. Thanks to my educational training at Millikin, I am comfortable with teaching not only musical concepts but also performance, reading and aural skills. My educational background has given me a solid understanding of teaching music and my on-the-job training has provided the experience of working with students of all ages and abilities. Working one-on-one with students or in groups, I utilize various methods or styles and prepare students for performance by organizing and facilitating recitals or performance opportunities.


B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Music
Aug 2002 - May 2007

Millikin University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Early Childhood Music and Movement Association
Jun 2012
The non-profit Early Childhood Music & Movement Association (ECMMA) believes appropriate, purposeful music and movement experiences enhance early childhood development and seeks to support early childhood music and movement practitioners by providing resources, advocacy, professional development, and collaboration opportunities.
Music Teachers National Association
Jun 2011
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.
National Education Association
Jun 2007
The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.

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