Executive Director, Omaha Conservatory of Music; String Educator & Arts Access Advocate
Ruth Meints has been the Executive Director of the Omaha Conservatory of Music (OCM) since 2005 and authored the String Sprouts curriculum launched in 2013. She currently teaches violin and viola at OCM and conducts various workshops around the country in violin pedagogy and music education, integrating current neuroscience findings into music teaching. While at OCM, she has created many music education programs, such as OCM’s Summer Institute, Winter Festival Orchestra, a full music program at the St. Augustine Indian Mission School, as well as the Inside the Mind of the Artist recital and master class series. Her premiere touring ensemble Frontier Strings has entertained audiences with their stunt fiddling and enthusiastic showmanship across the country and abroad. Her teaching experience has included head of the string department at Azusa Pacific University and faculty at Biola University in the Los Angeles area, as well as violin/viola instructor at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Ruth received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her Master of Music degree with an emphasis in Suzuki pedagogy from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville with John Kendall, pioneer in bringing the Suzuki philosophy to the United States.
My number one passion is sharing a love of music and learning with children and music educators, both locally and nationally. I work with children of all ages to develop a passion for learning through one-on-one lessons, group classes and lectures on topics relevant to music study.
Through the Omaha Conservatory of Music, I’ve developed a groundbreaking strings curriculum for children ages 3 to 9 called String Sprouts. This approach gets kids started as early as possible, ensuring they maximize their potential to learn during the key formative years from age 3-5. I believe caregivers are a key component to this learning process, and the String Sprouts curriculum has caregivers involved in the learning process from the beginning.
As a teacher, I challenge my students to expand their skill sets through effective and consistent practice. They are encouraged to participate in orchestral experience, competitions, chamber music ensembles, masterclasses, and workshops throughout the year.
Interested in Learning More?
I love teaching masterclasses and workshops on violin or viola at all levels. I also offer sessions and long term classes on motivation, creativity or practicing effectively. I’d love to talk to you about your needs and help you achieve your goals. Contact me to get started!