Every Child Can—Achieving Equitable Access to the Arts

American Suzuki Journal 47.3

Previously printed in American Suzuki Journal 47.3. Reprinted with permission. Copyright © 2019 Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.

Ruth Meints

Ruth Meints is the Executive Director of the Omaha Conservatory of Music (OCM) since 2005 and authored the String Sprouts curriculum, a program for preschoolers in underserved areas. She teaches violin/viola at OCM and conducts frequent workshops in pedagogy and music education, integrating current neuroscience findings into music teaching. At OCM, she has created many music programs, such as Summer Institutes, Winter Festival Orchestra, a full music program at the St. Augustine Indian Mission School, and Inside the Mind of the Artist recital and master class series.  

In 2016, Ruth was given the Governor’s Arts Award for excellence in arts education in Nebraska. She has also presented a TedXOmaha talk entitled “Music, Preschoolers, and Poverty.”

Ruth received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her Master of Music degree with an emphasis in Suzuki pedagogy from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville under the mentorship of John Kendall.

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