Offering an holistic approach to music learning covering interpretation and composition skills, I integrate music theory, harmony and history within the lessons and involve performance work, listening to music and discussion to help improve your learning experience.
I studied with the guitarist/composer Vincent Lindsey-Clark and composer John Barton-Armstrong completing my degree at Bath Spar University. I also participated in John Duart's summerschool masterclasses. I have taught music, at all levels, to individuals and classes for 20+years.
2:1 BA(hons) Music
2 - A’levels in English Literature & Music
5- O’levels including English Language, two other arts subjects and two sciences
GCSE Maths & CSE Physics
NVQ level II in Information Technology RSA-2
20+ years as a peripatetic/private music teacher focusing on Classical Guitar / keyboards /music theory and composition as well as running workshops for improvisation, music theatre, African Singing and junk band.
While at college I was involved with arts administration and promotion of various student and community arts/music projects.
6 years working with a journalistic publishing company, Positive News, working on research for eco/green journalism, arts and media stories, website management and publishing of online news.
I have spent the last 18 months working for Arvon, a writers’ centre; this has involved working closely with people on writing courses. The post requires a very high level of customer care where the focus is on the provision of a service that ensures they get the very best from their course/ retreat. Attention to detail and the ability to plan and make arrangements are essential to the role. The centre is closing for restoration and my current post will cease in mid March.
3 years working as an allocations/housing support officer for Torbay Council and Riviera Housing Trust (now Sanctuary Housing)
2 Years working for the benefits agency.
Versatile, imaginative, creative, a good team-worker, methodical researcher, confident, communicative, a good teacher and a good learner, open minded and independent.
I hold a current enhanced DBS disclosure and am a qualified first aid provider. I have been trained in health and safety, risk assessment, customer care, minute taking, business language, reporting and equal opportunities.
I have a passion for the all the arts and for conservation and sustainability issues. I also have a fascination for green technologies, and the environment. I enjoy walking and exploring historic places.
Having studied with Ruth quite a few years ago and building a solid friendship, I have over the years experienced her teaching both for myself and overseen her lessons.
She has a highly competent and individual approach to all aspects of teaching music and seems to effortlessly help students to understand the beauty and also more complex side of the art.
Enjoying studying seems impossible, but Ruth makes this happen.
She has been my guitar tutor for about nine years now. In all that time I've not known her to do anything less than trustworthy.
Ruth has always been a very reliable and trustworthy friend and contact (who has often voluntarily got in touch with us to recommend or advise about things she felt might help us). She is a fine guitarist with an extremely broad knowledge of music of all genres, histories and suitability for students. I know this through 32 years of encountering her skills and positive actions in communications with myself and others around.
Ruth is highly experienced but also incredibly creative and usefully imaginative with a rare ability to 'think outside the box'.
I would highly recommend using Ruth particularly as an instrumental teacher, but also (being most aware of her enormous experience within the arts as a wholly wider discipline) as a candidate to consider for most working possibilities within the realms of the arts.
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