RUTH JAMES - PIANO, KEYBOARD, FLUTE, RECORDER & MUSIC THEORY WELLINGTON TEACHER
Ruth Armstrong began her music career in Tauranga at the age of two, when her mother undertook the task of teaching her to play a ridiculously small violin. By the time Ruth was four, she was determined to move onto much bigger things, and couldn't find anything larger than the piano at home. Many years of piano and music theory lessons ensued, placing each year in competitions, and
attaining distinctions in exams. For several years, Ruth gained the top marks for her grade in the Bay of Plenty, and as an eleven year old, experienced a brief moment of fame in the local newspaper when she attained the top mark in the country for the ABRSM Grade Four examinations. She has now attained Grade Eight in Piano Performance and Music Theory examinations.
Her teenage years saw her branch into modern/pop piano style, learn the flute and take singing lessons. She was involved in just about every group at school, including concert band, jazz band, chorale, school productions, and a barbershop quartet, which placed fourth in the national competitions. After school, Ruth taught piano and keyboard at Technics Music Academy.
At university in Dunedin, Ruth completed a degree in Psychology and Music. Further postgraduate study in Psychology led her to undertake the Master of Music Therapy degree at Victoria University, which she was awarded with First Class Honours. Since becoming a Registered Music Therapist, Ruth has practiced Music Therapy with children and adolescents who have special needs, and has continued to teach music. In recent years, Ruth has become something of an Irish Traditional Music addict, and can be found playing in sessions at Kitty O'Shea's Irish pub on wooden flute, tin whistle and piano accordion... although not all at the same time!
'Ruth has been teaching our daughter keyboard for the last year. We are delighted with the high quality teaching and the way in which Ruth has unlocked our daughter's passion for music'. - Jeff Cornwell, parent