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Ruth King Goddard, B. A.; M. A.


Joy of Music Co. Founder, owner, curriculum developer, teacher, teacher trainer, marketing resource developer. teaching group and individual vocal and instrumental classes:

"Music Playtime" - for newborn to 4 years with a caregiver, based on Music Learning Theory research

"Music Growtime" - for 4 years to 7 years, building the keys to becoming a lifetime music-maker, including note-reading and piano 'geography' and beginning improvisation.

"Kids' Keyboards" - an effective, motivational and fun introduction to the piano keyboard

  "Nurturing Music In Children" workshop, for parents, teachers and caregivers.

  "Singing for the Non-Singer" workshop, teaches the "secrets" which unlock the singing voice.

  "A Musical Trip Around the World" - a delightful musical journey for elementary children

    Plus miscellaneous workshops on various topics for the family, church and schools.

Author of "Singing for the Non-Singer: You CAN!" published May 2003

Author of "Early Childhood Music FUN-dations" curriculum, to be published 2010

Award winning singer/songwriter, produced two albums of original songs; has written over 200 songs.

Education Degrees:

Bachelor of Arts in Music Eduction, Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1972.

Masters of Arts, Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota; 1983

Additional Studies:

"Music Learning Theory mastership: Early Childhood, Level Two" Certification, Gordon Institute for Music Learning; Gordon Institute of Music Learning; taught by Dr. Beth Bolton, and Dr. Alison Reynolds.

"Music Learning Theory mastership: Early Childhood, Level One" Certification, Gordon Institute for Music Learning; University of South Carolina, Columbia; taught by Dr. Wendy Valerio, Dr. Alison Reynolds, and Dr. Herbert Marshall

"Music Learning Theory and Application," Gordon Institute of Music Learning, University of Michigan, East Lansing, taught by Dr. Edwin Gordon

"Kodaly Music Teaching Method,: Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee; taught by Dr's Phillip Tacha and Michael Houlahan.

Masters studies - Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon.

Masters completion - Bethel University, St. Paul, MN.


Musical Performance Background:

Professional singer/songwriter - produced 2 albums of her original songs, has written over 200 songs.

Worship Pastor, worship leader, soloist, accompanist.

Children's music director - plays, programs, camps, and musicals.


Finalist, Northwest Talent Contest; songwriting category.

Soloist with touring group and orchestra, North and Central American tour.

Founding member, soloist, section director Minnesota Chorale and Chamber Chorale; performing with the Minneapolis Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra.

Sang with the Minnesota Orchestra, world premier, Penderezki's "Passion According to St. Luke" in St. Paul, and Carnegie Hall in New York City; Mahler's Symphony #1, and 4, Ravel's "Daphne and Chloe" with the Minnesota Orchestra; Soloist, section director, Bethel College Choir, Bethel College, St. Paul, Minnesota.

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