Ballance Talent Education provides high quality music education in violin, viola, and cello at all levels using the Suzuki Mother Tongue model of education in a supportive environment. Students take a weekly private lesson, where they and their parents learn how to practice at home daily, as well as a weekly group class for their level, which includes both ensemble playing and Dalcroze, an incredible music and movement philosophy developed by a teacher at the Geneva Conservatory in Switzerland. Students of Ballance Talent Education stand out for developing strong technique and expression, the twin abilities to play by ear and read music well, and for generally being well rounded musicians. Problem solving, working well with others, and working toward long-term goals are all benefits of study.
Ruth Marie Ballance, violin and viola
Ruth Marie Ballance is a violinist, teacher, and a resident of the Seattle area. She has previously been on faculty at Samford University, where she was a member of the Samford University Quartet; University of Alabama—Birmingham; STEP Birmingham; Hochstein School of Music and Dance in Rochester, NY; Cleveland Institute of Music and Broadway School of Music and the Arts in Ohio; Credo Chamber Music at Oberlin College; and Austin Chamber Music Center Summer Workshop. Ruth Marie studied violin with Leonard Posner, Linda Cerone, David Russell, and Paul Kantor among others, and received the Cleveland Institute of Music Jerome Gross Prize in Violin in 2001. A 2011 recipient of the Suzuki Association of the Americas Certificate of Achievement, she has taken Suzuki teacher training with Ronda Cole, Edmund Sprunger, Alice Joy Lewis, Patricia D’Ercole, Carol Dallinger, Nancy Jackson, Cathryn Lee, and Christie Felsing. Ms. Ballance has been published several times in the American Suzuki Journal and has presented at both the SAA Conference and the ASTA Conference. She has performed as a concerto soloist with the Austin Symphony, the Austin Civic Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, and the Huntsville Youth Orchestra among others, as well as performing as a member of the Alaska Quartet in several states.
Jared Ballance, cello and Dalcroze
Jared Ballance is a dedicated teacher in many fields. He has studied, performed, and taught extensively on five instruments, and holds performance and pedagogy degrees from Cleveland Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music and the internationally recognized Dalcroze License from Carnegie Mellon University and the Dalcroze Certificate from Juilliard. He studied cello with Richard Aaron, Desmond Hoebig, and Alan Harris, viola with Jeffery Irvine, plus studies in violin, piano, and viola da gamba. He has performed chamber music with members of the Cleveland Orchestra, was the cellist of the Samford String Quartet, and the Brandywine Trio, and currently performs as a member of the Ballance Duo.
Dr. Ballance is co-director of Ballance Talent Education. He has taught cello at ENCORE School for Strings, the University of Rochester, Samford University, Oakwood University, and given master classes at Andrews University, the Eastman School of Music, and at cello workshops. He has registered Suzuki pedagogy training with Tanya Carey, Edmund Sprunger, Gilda Barston, Dr. Beth Cantrell, Carey Cheney and Jean Dexter.
Dr. Ballance has taught Dalcroze workshops at Eastman, ENCORE, Hochstein School of Music and Dance, and Oakwood University for adult professional musicians, graduate and undergraduate performance majors, professors, music education, music theory, and general education students, as well as teenagers and children. He studied Dalcroze Eurhythmics and pedagogy with David Brown at CIM, with Dr. Robert Abramson and Daniel Cataneo at Juilliard, with Dr. Stephen Moore and Dr. Annabelle Joseph at Carnegie Mellon University, and with Anne Farber and Lisa Parker at Longy. He earned the Dalcroze Certificate from the Julliard School of Music and earned the Dalcroze License from Carnegie Mellon University.
Dr. Ballance has taught music theory and aural skills courses for performance and education majors at Eastman and holds an MA in Music Theory Pedagogy. He specializes in developing comprehensive musical skills and healthy physical performance techniques on all instruments. He was previously professor of cello, chamber music, and music theory at Samford University and Oakwood University.
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New students who have never played before will observe at least one lesson and meet with the teacher to discuss the studio policies and how to get started. The teacher will advise you as to when and where to get your instrument so that it is the size and quality which will help you learn most easily.
Students who already play and are looking for a teacher may also observe, and also may schedule a trial lesson with the teacher to discuss studio policy and what the next steps in your music education might look like.
Ruth Marie Ballance, violin and viola
B.M. in Violin Performance, Cleveland Institute of Music
M.M. in Violin Performance, Cleveland Institute of Music
Suzuki Violin Pedagogy: Every Child Can, Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3, Unit 4, Unit 5, Unit 6, Unit 7, Unit 8, Unit 9-10, Overview, Suzuki Principles in Action, Practicum
Dr. Jared Ballance, cello and Dalcroze
B.M. in Cello Performance, Cleveland Institute of Music
M.M. in Cello Performance, Cleveland Institute of Music
M.A. in Music Theory Pedagogy, Eastman School of Music
D.M.A. in Cello Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music
Suzuki Cello Pedagogy: Every Child Can, Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3, Unit 4, Unit 5, Unit 6, Unit 7, Unit 8, Unit 9, Unit 10, Suzuki Principles in Action, Practicum
Dalcroze Certificate, Julliard School
Dalcroze Liscence, Carnegie-Mellon University