M. Ruth McCants. As a multi-instrumentalist, I find myself fascinated with finding ways to unlock the music, and the "inner musician" within myself and my students. Even though my piano has always been my companion instrument, the violin, steel drum (pan) and frame drum are also a part of my musical instrument family.
Teaching is definitely an essential pathway on my musical journey. Facilitation through group empowerment drumming, sounding and toning for well-being, as well as using the transformative process of "Tapping" (Emotional Freedom Technique EFT), are my other ways of spreading the joy and power of music.
I especially encourage and support women's rituals and empowerment through drumming and music-making, as well as using visual/ intuitive symbol systems of astrology, tarot and oracle cards.
More and more, I find that working with individuals in group settings brings us into deeper connection with one another. Connecting with others through music and other art forms, brings us into appreciation of the intrinsic worth and beauty of every person.
Because music is an innate part of every individual, it is the perfect creative, expressive and spiritual art form for activating our shared experience of humanity. Along with visual arts, music creation and playing have the capacity to erase the artificial boundaries and borders, and speaks to the heart and soul of every individual.
Piano Fun Player Background
Piano Fun Player came out of my dream to share my love of music. My academic training was a MS, California State Univ. Los Angeles, and PhD, UCLA in the areas of psychology, counseling and teaching. My previous career path was as both as a psychology professor and university counselor. Even as I earned a living being in the academic field, the artistic, creative appeal and sound of music would be my " ongoing other life"reality.
Through my psychology teaching and counseling, I worked to take lessons and in the summers and to go to music camps. Eventually I would return to school, audition twice, enroll and graduate with a music degree from El Camino College.
Along with having the opportunity to study jazz piano, I would also learn to play the "steelpan", and would become a member of a steel drum band for 11 years. In 2020, the covid situation would curtail and fuel the end of the steel pan experience. So now, I'm learning to incorporate my "pan" playing into other musical avenues.
In many ways, "Piano Fun Player", has become my mission for inspiring and bringing the importance of music into the world. I endeavor to encourage people who come into my studio, to reach for the potential and possibilities that dwell within each person. The life-long study and playing of music has the capacity to activate the deepest creativity within every person.