Ruth K Minton

Ruth is a pianist based in North West England.

She is a Lecturer in Music at the University of Liverpool and a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, as well as a freelance academic tutor and performance coach.

Ruth is a committed and passionate musician, undertaking regular performance engagements alongside her academic roles.

Ruth K Minton

 Ruth is a pianist based in North West England.

She is a Lecturer in Music at the University of Liverpool and a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, as well as a freelance academic tutor and performance coach.

Ruth is a committed and passionate musician, undertaking regular performance engagements alongside her academic roles.

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The never ending learning possibilities and avenues of discovery are two aspects that spark Ruth’s continued dedication to music. Her tenacity and passion are present in all areas of her career, as a communicative and engaging pianist and lecturer.

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Who Is Ruth Minton?

Ruth is a freelance musician who works around North West England. Ruth is an academic teacher in a range of subjects, including: theory, aural, GCSE and A-level support (all components), personal statement advice, guidance for university applications, Oxbridge interviews and music college auditions, music analysis, advanced harmony and style composition.

Ruth is a solo pianist, accompanist and ensemble player who enjoys combining the academic and performance aspects of her portfolio career.


Ruth studied music at the University of Oxford. Whilst at Oxford she held numerous piano recitals, including concerts at the Holywell Music Rooms. In addition, as a committed member of her College, Ruth oversaw the organisation and running of concerts as President of Magdalen College Music Society. In 2010 Ruth graduated from Oxford with a BA Honours degree in music.

Ruth attained a Masters in Music Performance from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, as well as an LRSM Diploma in Piano Performance. She was awarded the College’s Schubert Medal in 2012 for recognition of her expertise in Schubert performance as part of the Royal Welsh College Chamber Weekend.

Ruth also took advantage of the extensive performance opportunities available, including playing in master classes for Paul Lewis, Christian Blackshaw, Leslie Howard and Louis Lortie, continually developing her performance experience and building her repertoire. Although the focus of her Masters was on performance, the two-year course incorporated modules in public presentations and lecturing, analysis, orchestration, arranging and instrumental teaching which furthered her experience and skills set.


Ruth is an experienced teacher and lecturer of music at all levels of secondary education. She has gained experience through a number of roles, including a maternity cover contract as Head of Music at Long Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge and a cover post as Assistant Head of Music at Denstone College in Staffordshire – prior to starting her PhD research in Liverpool. In both positions Ruth delivered all aspects of the A-level Syllabus and produced resources for Key Stage 3–6 teaching.

At Liverpool Hope University, Ruth worked as a Visiting Lecturer with students from undergraduate to postgraduate level. She devised, delivered and assessed undergraduate modules including: analysis, music history, style composition, advanced harmony and performance.

As an active performer, Ruth maintained a performance calendar alongside her academic teaching. She performed a solo and chamber programme for the Evesham Music Society Summer Programme in 2014 and at Hope University she worked with Masters students as a pianist, in both an accompanying and ensemble role – for example, in the 2017 Cornerstone Music Festival she performed Piazzolla’s Four Seasons Piano Trio.


In 2014 Ruth registered as a self-employed musician and has successfully built her portfolio career. Ruth has been working at the Royal Birmingham Junior Conservatoire since December 2014, where she is an academic and performance tutor across a range of levels and on a class and individual basis. At the Conservatoire she teaches advanced harmony and techniques of composition to class groups, as well as music history and analysis in one-to-one tutorials. Ruth’s expertise as a performer are also utilised at the Conservatoire where she coaches young pianists in ensemble performance and accompanying.

In 2017 Ruth was a part of the original team to launch the Liverpool based charity Early Music as Education (EMAE). As an ensemble coach and tutor, Ruth was an active member of the team for the successful tours to Italy and Spain in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Ruth also played continuo (harpsichord and organ) for the Early Music Youth Orchestra, including performing in the UK premiere of Alessandro Scarlatti’s ‘St John Passion’ in 2019.

Ruth is currently working on her PhD. Her research is centred on Schubert’s relationship with the piano, with special interest on historical keyboard instruments and performance practice. In October 2019 Ruth gave a presentation and recital for the Schubert Institute UK at the Birmingham Conservatoire, and she has recently become their Membership Secretary.

During the 2019-2020 academic year, Ruth was a Visiting Lecturer on undergraduate and postgraduate modules at the University of Liverpool, before becoming a permanent member of lecturing staff in September 2020.



In March 2021 the Women in Music event at the University of Liverpool launched. Ruth, and her colleague Toni James, are Co-Producers for the event. Plans are already underway for March 2022 to be hosted in the new Yoko Ono Lennon Centre.

In the academic year 2020-2021, Ruth was appointed as a Senior Visiting Lecturer at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and as Academic Coordinator for the Conservatoire’s Junior Department. 

In addition, Ruth continues to work on her research and performance projects with upcoming recordings planned for 2021.


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International Women’s Day 2021

International Women’s Day 2021

Happy International Women’s Day 2021! Here we are in March — Spring is springing into action with lighter mornings, trees in bud and beautiful spring flowers at every turn. Semester 2 at the University of Liverpool is now in full swing, performance seminars continue...

Happy February

Happy February

2021 is now well underway, and here we are on the 1st February. At the University of Liverpool January saw the end of Semester 1 and the assessment period for those modules. With Lockdown 3, all continues to be online — it is such a difficult time for everyone, and...

Here’s to 2021

Here’s to 2021

Here we are as 2020 draws to its close. It has certainly been a year that will go down in history. Term concluded at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the University of Liverpool the week before Christmas. In extremely unusual circumstances all my students...

Happy Thanksgiving 2020

Happy Thanksgiving 2020

Happy Thanksgiving! Here we are at the end of November and lots to catch up on. The picture for this blog is from one of my early morning walks, a particularly colourful sunrise near home. I’m immensely enjoying my new job as a Lecturer in Classical Performance at the...

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