Will Ruff

Will R.

Athens, GA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been playing viola for about 10 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 technique, play a Bach sonata, or learn how to improvise over changes 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 also have a very open schedule to cater to your time constraints, so let’s get started!
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Will delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Hello, my name is Will Ruff, and I have been a Violist and Violinist for about 12 years, and a Mandolinist for about 4 years! I study music performance and jazz at the University of Georgia, play viola in the UGA Symphony, and play/write music for my band. Music is my life, and I believe music should be accessible and played by people from all walks of life. I want to help people discover passion and appreciation for all genres of music, and most importantly have fun while doing so!


Studio/Session Musician
Jan 2014 - Present
Self Employed


Viola Performance with a Jazz Minor
Aug 2016 - Present
University of Georgia

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playing with the University of Georgia Symphony

Playing with my bluegrass band!

Playing with my funk-jazz band
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8 Reviews

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Lynn Mar 10, 2019
· Online

Will is enthusiastic in his teaching and easy to work with.

Karl Mar 9, 2019
Viola · Online

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!

Jordi Mar 9, 2019
Mandolin · Online

Will is a very talented mandolinist and natural instructor! A+ !

Simon Mar 2, 2019
Violin · Online

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.

Crystal R. Jan 29, 2019
Viola · Online

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!

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Beth Jan 14, 2019
Violin · Online

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!)

Crystal R. Jan 13, 2019
Viola · Online

Wesley Jan 13, 2019
Viola · Online

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!

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