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Ruth R.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Violin, Fiddle, Viola, or Piano Music Lessons Online or In Person (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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No more waiting to get to the good stuff! Our proven violin and piano methods let you use the entire fingerboard and keyboard from your very first day. Other methods restrict student access at first. Students become accustomed to a narrow range. They may become anxious when invited to advance to a new level. Our gentle approach has produced concert violinists, professional fiddlers, and accomplished pianists, as well as avid amateurs. You don't have to be an advanced player to make music on piano or violin. Some folks need more encouragement, but everyone has something to say. We'll share proven tools in the private lesson to have you playing violin and piano the way you always dreamed. Experienced teachers, beginners to advanced. Ruth has over 30 years teaching experience in colleges and music schools. Come see the possibilities!
About Ruth R.

​I teach music to motivated students through songs, stories, and games. ​We also improve our music reading, time management, and problem solving skills. Years ago, I enjoyed a vibrant career as a performer and teacher. I played with classical symphony orchestras and eclectic string bands. I directed string programs and was a visiting instructor at Cornell University. ​ Then, a few months before my 38th birthday, I had a stroke. I couldn't speak. My right side was paralyzed. It was an entire month before I could even shrug my shoulder. Little by little, I learned to play violin and piano again using these fun, ​student-friendly strategies that I will share with you or your child:​ *Practice the physical motions away from the instrument: ​Holding a violin bow or pressing a piano key uses the same muscles as holding a crayon or spoon, but in totally different ways. ​To gain comfort, it’s helpful to practice those new skills using plush toys and chunky markers, games and songs. *​Use the entire instrument from Day 1.​​: Many methods restrict student access to the fingerboard or keyboard, only increasing bit by bit as students reach milestones. ​This can cause anxiety when you are finally asked to venture outside the initial limits. * Focus on musicality and expression from the earliest stages: You don't have to be an advanced player to make music. Some folks need more encouragement, but everyone has something to say. *Play by ear as soon as possible:​ Once you can play a tune without memorizing finger numbers or relying on sheet music, you will be free to play all your favorite songs. Gain independence by learning to tune your own instrument (not applicable to piano). ​Since my stroke I have performed regularly in the Opéra Louisiane orchestra. I've played onstage with Nashville legend Brian White and in two productions of Always, Patsy Cline. I'm still working to get my technique back to where it was. ​Sometimes I feel like an ace detective investigating the cause of my crooked bowpath. ​Other times I'm a master diagnostician prescribing an exercise or a sculptor chipping away at stone. You and your child can share the tools I acquired getting my Master of Music in Violin Performance. It's so freeing to solve your own problems! I'll be right there with you as we make our way toward excellence.

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Ruth R.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Violin, Fiddle, Viola, or Piano Music Lessons Online or In Person (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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No more waiting to get to the good stuff! Our proven violin and piano methods let you use the entire fingerboard and keyboard from your very first day. Other methods restrict student access at first. Students become accustomed to a narrow range. They may become anxious when invited to advance to a new level. Our gentle approach has produced concert violinists, professional fiddlers, and accomplished pianists, as well as avid amateurs. You don't have to be an advanced player to make music on piano or violin. Some folks need more encouragement, but everyone has something to say. We'll share proven tools in the private lesson to have you playing violin and piano the way you always dreamed. Experienced teachers, beginners to advanced. Ruth has over 30 years teaching experience in colleges and music schools. Come see the possibilities!
About Ruth R.

​I teach music to motivated students through songs, stories, and games. ​We also improve our music reading, time management, and problem solving skills. Years ago, I enjoyed a vibrant career as a performer and teacher. I played with classical symphony orchestras and eclectic string bands. I directed string programs and was a visiting instructor at Cornell University. ​ Then, a few months before my 38th birthday, I had a stroke. I couldn't speak. My right side was paralyzed. It was an entire month before I could even shrug my shoulder. Little by little, I learned to play violin and piano again using these fun, ​student-friendly strategies that I will share with you or your child:​ *Practice the physical motions away from the instrument: ​Holding a violin bow or pressing a piano key uses the same muscles as holding a crayon or spoon, but in totally different ways. ​To gain comfort, it’s helpful to practice those new skills using plush toys and chunky markers, games and songs. *​Use the entire instrument from Day 1.​​: Many methods restrict student access to the fingerboard or keyboard, only increasing bit by bit as students reach milestones. ​This can cause anxiety when you are finally asked to venture outside the initial limits. * Focus on musicality and expression from the earliest stages: You don't have to be an advanced player to make music. Some folks need more encouragement, but everyone has something to say. *Play by ear as soon as possible:​ Once you can play a tune without memorizing finger numbers or relying on sheet music, you will be free to play all your favorite songs. Gain independence by learning to tune your own instrument (not applicable to piano). ​Since my stroke I have performed regularly in the Opéra Louisiane orchestra. I've played onstage with Nashville legend Brian White and in two productions of Always, Patsy Cline. I'm still working to get my technique back to where it was. ​Sometimes I feel like an ace detective investigating the cause of my crooked bowpath. ​Other times I'm a master diagnostician prescribing an exercise or a sculptor chipping away at stone. You and your child can share the tools I acquired getting my Master of Music in Violin Performance. It's so freeing to solve your own problems! I'll be right there with you as we make our way toward excellence.

Instructor details
Violin
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
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Goodwood Blvd
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
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Pricing
30 minutes
$67
45 minutes
$100
60 minutes
$134
90 minutes
$200
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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Master of Music in Violin Performance
Sep 1994 - Jun 1996
University of Minnesota
MusicLink Foundation
Jan 2019
Any child who has musical potential deserves the opportunity to nurture this talent to its full extent. Many children lack the chance to receive music lessons due to financial need. The MusicLink Foundation reaches out to low income families by linking these students with professional music teachers willing to reduce their fee to make the lessons more affordable for the child.
National Federation of Music Clubs
Sep 2017
Since its founding in 1898, the NFMC has grown into one of the world’s largest music organizations with club and individual members of all ages. The NFMC is chartered by the Congress of the United States, and is the only music organization member of the United Nations. NFMC provides opportunities for musical study, performance and appreciation to more than 200,000 senior, student and junior members in 6,500 music-related clubs and organizations nationwide. Members are professional and amateur musicians, vocalists, composers, dancers, performing artists, arts and music educators, music students, generous music patrons and benefactors, and music lovers of all ages.
ASCAP
May 2000
ASCAP is a membership association of more than 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.
American Federation of Musicians
Jan 1994
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.
Phi Kappa Phi
Mar 1992
In 1897 at the University of Maine, ten senior students, two faculty members, and the school president created an honor society that was different from the few others then in existence-one that recognized and honored excellence in all academic disciplines. Under the leadership of undergraduate student Marcus L. Urann, the group formed the Lambda Sigma Eta Society, which was later renamed Phi Kappa Phi from the initial letters of the Greek words forming its adopted motto: Philosophìa Krateìto Photôn, "Let the love of learning rule humanity." Phi Kappa Phi's mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."
American String Teachers Association
Sep 1989
The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.
National Honors Society
Mar 1986
The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

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Instructor details
Violin
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
SEE MAP
Goodwood Blvd
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$67
45 minutes
$100
60 minutes
$134
90 minutes
$200
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30