Ruth LeMay is a distinguished pedagogist, entrepreneur, and Neurological Music Therapist Allied Professional with a remarkable career spanning over three decades in the field of music education. With a strong foundation in Minneapolis Public Schools, Ruth’s expertise covers a wide spectrum of musical domains, including guitar, modern band, songwriting, adapted music, choir, and band, catering to students ranging from preschool to grade 17.
Ruth’s musical journey began as a soprano and freelance trumpet player, offering her a unique perspective on both vocal and instrumental performance. Holding a Bachelor of Music Education degree in instrumental and vocal music from the University of South Dakota and a Master of Music Education and Choral Conducting from the University of Minnesota, she embodies a fusion of academic knowledge and practical experience.
A true visionary, Ruth’s passion for inclusivity and the transformative power of music led her to create the groundbreaking adaptive music methodology, 3 Strings. This pioneering approach translates western music notation into an accessible numeracy system, enabling differently abled individuals to engage with music on their terms. Her dedication to this cause is reflected in her role as the founder and president of 3 Strings, Inc (3strings.org), a non-profit organization committed to making instrumental playing a reality for all.
Ruth’s influence extends beyond the classroom as she actively contributes to the field of music education. Her presentations at the Minnesota Music Education Association and lectures at NAfME state music education conferences highlight her expertise in elementary choirs, guitar ensembles, and adaptive music bands. Moreover, her service as the NAfME Upper Midwest Regional Representative for the National Council of Guitar Education underscores her leadership and commitment to advancing music education.
An advocate for innovation, Ruth’s work was recognized in her publication in Soundboard magazine’s Fall 2022 issue, where she shared insights on “Creating Music for a Neurodiverse Population.” Her role as adjunct faculty at the University of Wisconsin River Falls further cements her influence in shaping future music educators.
Outside of her professional achievements, Ruth finds solace in quality time with family and friends, culinary exploration, and planning new adventures. With an unwavering belief in the power of music education, Ruth LeMay’s legacy is marked by her tireless dedication to providing all individuals with the opportunity to embrace the joy of making music.
“Everyone deserves a chance to make music”