Will Ruff
Athens, GA
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Will Ruff

Will R.

Athens, GA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been playing viola for about 14 years, and I specialize in all experience levels of students. I am highly trained in music theory, technique, and improvisation, and whether you want to learn basic string technique, play a Bach sonata, or learn how to improvise in a complex tune, I can help! I am very open to any ideas and desires my students have, and I strive to make learning music both fun and rewarding for the student. I teach using the Suzuki method, rhythmic training, pop music songs, and various supplementary technique books to enhance and round out the learning experience of each of my students. I also have an open schedule to cater to your time constraints, so let’s get started!

About Will R.

Hi there! I have been a musician for 14 years, and have been teaching private lessons for 5 years. I study Viola Performance and Jazz Performance at the University of Georgia, as well as play in the symphony, a string quartet, a bluegrass band, a jazz trio, and write music for a variety of these ensembles. My goal is to help my students advance technically on their instrument, play music that they are interested in, and most importantly have fun while doing so! I like to incorporate ear training and music theory into my lessons, and I try to cater my teaching style to each student, so that their talents and passions are fully engaged in their musicianship. Send me an email with any questions, concerns, or if you just want to know more about my teaching style, I would love to chat!

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Abby
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Started a new song today and learned some new chords. Very productive!

Posted Sep 23, 2020
Abby
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Can't wait for next lesson! So awesome!

Posted Sep 16, 2020
Abby
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Learning so much!

Posted Sep 9, 2020
Abby
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5 stars! Learning so much!

Posted Sep 2, 2020
Abby
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Still awesome!

Posted Aug 26, 2020
Abby
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I have started picking things up by ear! Pretty good skill to have.

Posted Aug 19, 2020
Leo
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My middle-schooler has been having a terrific experience as a student of Will's. Will is very professional, knowledgeable, and patient. He quickly built a great rapport and established a positive and fun atmosphere for learning. His love of music is apparent and creates a great model for students. We are extremely pleased and feel fortunate to have found Will.

Posted Aug 13, 2020
Abby
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Starting on a new song now! 5 stars again!

Posted Aug 12, 2020
Abby
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Lots and lots of stuff to learn! 5 stars once again!

Posted Aug 5, 2020
David S.
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Will is very personable and it seems like we will be a good fit. Thanks

Posted Aug 3, 2020
Abby
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Very very good. I'm definitely still learning lots! Cain't wait until next week!

Posted Aug 2, 2020
Abbie H.
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He was fun and went over shifts and vibrato during the very first lesson!

Posted Jul 29, 2020
Abby
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Very good! Learned about some intervals. Pretty cool!

Posted Jul 22, 2020
Andrew
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Really great first lesson, he totally understood my goals and was really pleasant to start working with.

Posted Jun 29, 2020
Abby
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YAY!!!

Posted Jun 24, 2020
Abby
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YAY!!!

Posted Jun 17, 2020
Abby
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I had lots of fun and learned a lot, as always! I can't wait to do it again!

Posted Jun 3, 2020
Adam
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Will is incredibly knowledgeable and a fantastic teacher. He has a clear path for technique building and a highly personalized teaching style. I’m looking forward to our next lesson!

Posted Jun 2, 2020
Abby
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It was really fun and I learned a lot, all in 45 minutes! Impressive time management.

Posted May 20, 2020
Julie
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My daughter has been taking lessons from Will for about a year. We are lucky enough to live near Athens, so lessons take place at our home. I have been so pleased with Will. He is a great teacher - enthusiastic, kind, patient, and knowledgeable. Even though he has many students, he always remembers exactly what they were working on. He takes interest in my daughter's life and will ask her how marching band is going, or other things about school. I especially like that Will is someone that she can look up to as an example of hard work and perseverance. He's not only a great teacher, but he's just a good person, and I am so glad we found him!

Posted May 8, 2020
Jeff R.
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very impressed with Will. I'm a bit older than most students and may not have the dexterity in my fingers so Will was very understanding and helpful. I must admit that it's all a bit overwhelming but I will practice and hopefully get to a place I want to be. By the way, I'm only giving 4 stars but assume Will will get to 5 stars within the next couple of weeks. I never give 5 stars on day one.

Posted May 8, 2020
Emily K.
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Will is absolutely the best teacher we’ve worked with. In addition to being a very proficient teacher, he’s very patient, enthusiastic, and friendly! My daughter is always very excited about having lesson with Will, and is very motivated by is encouraging words to do her best. His lessons foster a love of learning music. I’m impressed, not only with my daughter’s progress, but also with her growing love of all things pertaining to music. Thanks Will, you’re the best!!

Posted Apr 19, 2020
Stephanie
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Will has been a wonderful instructor for my son for over a year now. He started out with the basics, switched with him to current music when his interest was waning, and is now helping him get ready for orchestra next year. He is very clear in instruction, patient with my son (now 12), and takes an interest in the student to be sure they are both learning and enjoying their lessons. Couldn't provide higher recommendations.

Posted Apr 15, 2020
Carmen C.
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Will has been an incredibly supportive violin instructor. He offers justified praise and constructive critiquing, a gentle but stern teaching method that I appreciated. I didn't need to feel nervous about playing because he taught me well and always kept the lessons fun and focused. I have nothing but praise for him and highly recommend him!

Posted Apr 15, 2020
Jillian
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Have been taking violin lessons with will for a few months now. As an older student doing this as a hobby, Will is super patient working with me at my slower pace ;) . I was hesitant at taking violin lessons virtually at first as I thought it was going to be impossible for me to learn without someone next to me in person, but Will has a great method of teaching and I was actually able to pick up basic technique's early on.

Will comes with a ton of knowledge of music and musical techniques in general which definitely shows.

I highly recommend Will for a teacher of all ages!

Posted Apr 15, 2020
Cheryl
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Will does a great job at covering intonation, rythm, music theory and technique, as well as the more abstract parts of music (at least as well as someone can explain the abstract stuff). He has just the right mix of pushing me and encouragement. Seriously Will is great.

Posted Apr 15, 2020
Louise
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Will's teaching style is very clear and motivating! He inspires me to improve weekly and helps me set long-term goals for playing. Great teacher!

Posted Apr 15, 2020
Ying W.
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will is a great teacher, he has a clear voice, has patient, knows encouraging kid, leaves home work and follow up with it.

Posted Mar 22, 2020
Glenda H.
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This was my first lesson tonight . I really love his teaching style and look forward to many more

Posted Jan 28, 2020
Yun W.
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Very clear and helpful!

Posted Jan 25, 2020
Stephanie
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good :)

Posted Nov 11, 2019
Destinee
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I absolutely loved my viola lessons with Will! He began by asking questions and asking me to play a few things to gauge what level I was at. I came into these lessons after not having played for 15 years. He was very encouraging and very positive. I asked him to help me with my form in order to gain a better foundation, and he did so well at focusing on that and giving me such helpful pointers. He plays the viola and it was good to hear some of his experience. I also loved learning more of the background and history of the type of music and the techniques we went over. I feel like that adds so much depth to the learning experience. He is very knowledgeable as well as personable. He also never wasted any time during our lessons. He was very good at pacing us so we could get through the different things I had practiced, and yet I didn't feel rushed at all. I would highly recommend Will to anyone (no matter your level)! I was very pleased with my experience and will definitely seek him out for future lessons.

Posted Aug 27, 2019
Jillian
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Posted Jun 17, 2019
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Posted May 2, 2019
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Posted Apr 22, 2019
Carmen C.
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Will is encouraging, insightful, and patient! My very first violin lesson couldn't have gone better. There was helpful critiquing and a fair amount of pats on the back when it came to small victories. For a beginner like myself, that kept my morale on the up and up. Will carries a positive and understanding attitude which makes me eager for our next lesson!

Posted Mar 24, 2019
Rayna G.
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My daughter was really happy with the lesson.
Thanks Will

Posted Mar 19, 2019
Lynn
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Will is enthusiastic in his teaching and easy to work with.

Posted Mar 10, 2019
Karl
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Will's a great instructor. Very knowledgeable, passionate, and patient. Has a wide range of influences and inspirations. Can't go wrong with this man!

Posted Mar 9, 2019
Jordi
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Will is a very talented mandolinist and natural instructor! A+ !

Posted Mar 9, 2019
Simon
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Lesson was great. Will seems to be a good fit for my young adult son. They covered a lot of material and are off to a great start after the first lesson. I am looking forward to future lessons.

Posted Mar 2, 2019
Crystal R.
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I'm only a few weeks in to lessons with Will and it's been an incredibly enjoyable experience. He's super patient, very punctual, and explains things in a way that not only make sense, but are actionable as well. Unlike lessons I've taken in the past, his teaching actually makes me want to practice. I see progress with each lesson and that goes a long way in strengthening my desire to continue!

Posted Jan 29, 2019
Beth
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Mr. Will is a strapping young man with a knack for the violin! I look forward to fiddle lessons in the future (they are the same instrument!)

Posted Jan 14, 2019
Crystal R.
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Posted Jan 13, 2019
Wesley
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Loved Mr. Ruff’s energy and diverse knowledge of how to approach classical music while having a huge appreciation, practice, and love for all genres!

Posted Jan 13, 2019

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Experience

Live Performer
Aug 2017 - Present

The Family Recipe

Freelance Violin and Violist
Jan 2016 - Present

Self Employed

Studio/Session Musician
Jan 2014 - Present

Self Employed

Education

Private Jazz Lessons
Jun 2018 - Present

Ben Weatherford

Jazz Minor
Aug 2016 - Present

University of Georgia

Viola Performance Major
Aug 2016 - Present

University of Georgia

Private Viola Lessons
Aug 2007 - Aug 2016

Jeanne Johnson

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Music Production
Jul 2015

Brown University

Studied music production and technology for a month at Brown University in the summer of 2015.
Music Theory
Jul 2014

Brown University

Studied music theory for a month at Brown University in the summer of 2014.

Awards

Presidential Scholar
Dec 2019

University of Georgia

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