Ruth K Minton

Ruth is a pianist based in North West England.

She is a Visiting Tutor at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire as well as a tutor and keyboard player for the Liverpool based charity EMAE (Early Music as Education).

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 Visiting Lecturer at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire as well as a tutor and keyboard player for the Liverpool based charity EMAE (Early Music as Education).

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

True Passion

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.

Ruth Minton's Journey So Far

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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.

2007-2013

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.

2013-2018

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.

2019-

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). Ruth is an ensemble coach and keyboard tutor for EMAE and she was an active member of the team for the successful tours to Italy and Spain in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Ruth also plays 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.

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The next chapter

The next chapter

An exciting new chapter is starting! I'm returning to life as a fully freelance portfolio musician, with lots of exciting projects in the pipeline. I submitted my PhD thesis at the end of July; one of the reasons I’ve been out of touch! I completed my lecturing duties...

Summer catch-up

Summer catch-up

We’re at the end of July already and I’ve got lots of news to tell. In January I successfully passed my confirmation of registration interview for my PhD. The panel provided constructive feedback and were impressed with my research to-date. Over the past six months I...

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and holiday season. We had quite a mild Christmas this year, but it did result in some fantastic sunsets. This blog’s picture is the sunset across Staffordshire, my home county. Michaelmas Term 2017 was very busy....

Autumn Update

Autumn Update

We’re at the end of October already, the summer months were filled with research and writing, as well as moving house. My PhD is progressing and I’m busy writing my literature review and methodology chapters. Alongside writing, my analysis of Schubert’s solo piano...

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