Co-founder of Association of Professional Piano Instructors
Member of Minnesota Music Teachers Association
Member of Music Teachers National Association
Co-founder of Fridays in the Vally Chamber Music Series
Phi Beta Kappa
Minnesota Music Teachers Association Comprehensive Exams
APPI Educational Field Trips
APPI Composition and Piano Festivals
APPI Arts Award
APPI Listen Up!
No makeup lessons will be offered for lessons canceled by the student.
Ms. Ruby hails from the tiny town of Tamarack in Northern MN. Ms. Ruby, Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, received her MM, Piano Pedagogy emphasis from Columbus State University (GA). Additionally, she graduated summa cum laude with a BME, Piano Pedagogy from the University of MN-Duluth. Ms. Ruby has been on the faculty of the MacPhail Center for Music since 2001 where she teaches private and group piano and co-teaches singer-actor performance labs. An active member of Phi Beta Kappa and MMTA, Ms. Ruby is also the co-founder of the Association of Professional Piano Instructors. In 2011, Ms. Ruby co-created Fridays in the Valley, a chamber music series that raises money for charity. In her spare time, she enjoys long walks and other outdoor adventures with her husband, Kurt.
Music is a joy; music lessons are a privilege. I show my students respect and require that they behave likewise. I make every effort to match my teaching style to the student’s learning style, and not vice versa. As a result, my style, curriculum and approach are flexible, individual and vary even with members of the same family. I encourage creativity and curiosity, initiative and self-discipline. Piano study isn’t always easy, but it should always be satisfying. It is my ultimate goal to teach my students to teach themselves. In effect,
I strive to work myself out of a job. This is begun early as I train each student how to practice.
It is my sincere desire that my teaching along with parental support at home – encouragement, praise and discipline when needed – will form an effective team. By working together we can make music one of the most enjoyable experiences your child will ever encounter. This is one of the few avenues of training students can carry with them for a lifetime.