Ruth has been playing the piano since age 5. By age 11, she had received the Royal Conservatory of Music Diploma Grade VIII, Honours and Grade II Theory Diploma, First Class Honours. At the same time, she assisted her Mother, Alice Cestnick ( a well-known piano teacher in Scarborough) with her piano classes. Ruth was a candidate in many York Music Festivals where there were about 50 candidates who competed by playing the same piece of music. Each time she competed, she placed in the top three.
As a teenager, she continued to study Grade IX and X Piano. She has been teaching piano and keyboard in the Oshawa and Courtice area for 20 years now. She has also held after school piano classes in a local Courtice school where she taught the “Canadian Bureau for the Advancement of Music” program. This is a multi-level beginners piano course that has been taught in the public schools since 1922 in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec.
She has held recitals in two Courtice schools, one of which was a Christmas Program where the Junior Choir Teacher and herself collaborated together for the “Story of Christmas”.
She has also held “Garden Recitals” and “Studio Recitals” at her home music studio.
Closing Quote from Teacher:
“It is my aim that each student will learn to play this beautiful instrument to the best of his/her ability and by doing so, would discover how rewarding and enjoyable it is to play “music to your OWN ears!”