Dr. Ruth Reyes

Assistant Dean of the School of Communication and Creative Arts, Professor of Music
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Pre-college studies at the Juilliard School
B.Mus. in Piano (Queens College)
M.A. in Piano Performance (Aaron Copland School of Music)
Ed.D. in Higher Education (Nova Southeastern University)

Podcast: Featured interview on Episode 11 of The Waypoint Podcast of Waypoint Church Partners: Ruth Reyes on Worship – the preparation, the performance, the battlefield, Aired June, 2021

Rehearsal accompanist for the Epcot Christmas Candlelight Cast Choir
Member (keyboardist) of The Walt Disney Orchestra during the Epcot Christmas Candlelight Processional Service (3 shows)
Leader of worship clinics and classes in local churches

My favorite part about teaching at Johnson is: The ability to impart to students skills I’ve gained over my long career in a very practical and relevant way.

When I’m not teaching, I love to: Travel, sample my husband’s culinary dishes, practice the piano.

In my classes, students can expect: Me to demonstrate musical and worship concepts in a practical way: on the piano or by singing or by helping students craft a good worship song.

My best advice to a new student in my program is: Hard work, patience, and dedication to practice and honing your skills will pay off in the long run and will add to your versatility in the marketplace or ministry.

Because of my influence, I most want my students to become: Confident with their God-given abilities – to use your giftedness, to respond to a calling in kingdom work, and to earn a living while doing what you love most is a very cool thing to achieve in life.

The myth-busting truth about my discipline I most want people to understand is: There are no easy shortcuts to being a complete worship leader and a musician: the deeper you are in the word, the more committed you are to spiritual disciplines, and the more dedicated you are to being the best musician in any setting, the greater your capacity will be for high impact in whatever you do.

A quote that influences how I live is: “The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” – Johann Sebastian Bach