Teacher Profile: Ruby Yeh

Ruby Yeh

Ruby Yeh

Instrument(s): Clarinet, Piano, Recorder

City: Seattle

Education: Boston University; National Kaohsiung Normal University; Taipei National University of the Arts; Michigan State University

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    About Ruby Yeh

    Ruby Yeh is the second prize winner of the first International Henri Selmer Paris Clarinet Academy and Competition in 2017 and the second prize of the Barbara Wagner Chamber Music Competition in the United States in 2021. She was the recipient of the Verdehr Trio Award from 2017 to 2021. Ms. Yeh’s started her first piano lesson at age of 6, recorder lesson at age of 9, vocal lesson at age of 10 and clarinet at age of 11. As a classically-trained musician and baroquely-trained recorder player, Ms. Yeh won numerous awards in Piano, Recorder, Vocal and Clarinet as a soloist since the age of 10.

    Her passion for music has led her to become a performer, accompanist and private music instructor since 2006 in Taiwan and America. Ms. Yeh’s experience teaching in different countries helps her to understand that it is important not to make assumptions about students based on their cultural background but to know individual personalities and strengths to help develop their talent.

    As a private piano, clarinet and recorder teacher, Ms. Yeh taught students from beginner to college level, from 4 years old to adult, and developed students fundamental to advanced technique and musicianship. Ms. Yeh develops personalized repertoire to meet individual students’ goals and teaches basic music theory, music history, ear training and sight singing during lessons. Ms. Yeh has led sectionals and gave masterclasses to undergraduate and graduate students including orchestral excerpts, recital preparation, audition repertoire, technical challenges, fundamental problems, and clarinet extended techniques.

    Ms. Yeh helps students perform confidently on stage with strong mindsets. Many students have a passion for music, but they are nervous when performing on stage or in public for solo performances. Ms. Yeh truly believes music is a non-verbal language. Without words, music still has the power to connect, communicate and bring people together. We musicians have the ability to share beautiful music and express powerful emotions to the audience. As soon as students understand the concept, they perform more confidently on stage and express their passion for playing outside of the practice room. 

    Ms. Yeh is enthusiastic about how musicians share their musical languages and communicate with each other. She uses these communication skills in mentoring her students. Ms. Yeh currently is teaching piano and clarinet students to prepare for competitions, auditions, chamber music, recitals, and The RCM (Royal Conservatory of Music) Certificate program and teaching adults who have a love for music in the Seattle/Bellevue area. Ms. Yeh received her Performance Diploma from Boston University, her Master of Music from the National Kaohsiung Normal University and her Bachelor of Music from the Taipei National University of the Arts, and currently is completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Clarinet Performance at Michigan State University and is expecting to receive her doctoral degree in December 2022.

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