MINI-INSTITUTE 2016 PIANO GROUP CLASS
Sue’s sincere desire is that her 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.
Sue makes every effort to put her students first, matching her teaching style to their learning style. Her curriculum and approach are flexible, individual and vary based on the needs of each student. She believes that while piano study isn’t always easy, it should be satisfying. Sue encourages curiosity and creativity, initiative and self-discipline. Her students range in age from 6 to adult, but when working with children, she likes to engage the parents. By working together, they can make music one of the most enjoyable experiences a student will ever encounter.
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. She is also the assistant to the Community Partnership and the Prelude Program.
An active member of Phi Beta Kappa and MMTA, Ms. Ruby is also the co-founder of the Association of Professional Piano Instructors. Sue has been an active chamber musician and freelance pianist throughout the Twin Cities metro area and also a member of the Ruby Trio. 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.