Ruth graduated with honors from Drake University with a Bachelor of Music in organ/church music and a Bachelor of Music Education. She received her Suzuki piano training from Harlow Mills and Carol Hendrixson in Southern California and from Sue Vasquez at the Greater Pittsburg Suzuki Institute. She taught privately in Pasadena and at the Claremont Community School of Music in Claremont, CA. For 15 years, she had a private piano studio in Fort Dodge, IA and was on the staff of Grace Lutheran Church. She joined the Preucil Music School in Iowa City in the fall of 2006, having recently relocated to the Iowa City area.