About Ruth

As a performing artist, music educator, and somatic coach for over 25 years, I am passionate about helping students and audiences discover the joy, inspiration, and hope that music can bring. As a professional flutist, I offer diverse audiences compelling programs that enrich and inspire. As a music educator, I include K-12 students, professionally bound clients, and the recreational player as well. My positive teaching environment is both supportive and challenging, providing a comprehensive curriculum geared to the individual needs of each student. As a Licensed Andover Educator, I am a specialist in the field of Body Mapping. I assist  musicians in discovering greater physical freedom and ease, enhancing their musical performance, and preventing  unnecessary pain or injury. Whether you are at the beginning of your musical journey or well on your way, I can offer you new ideas, grow your skills and talent, foster creativity, and provide a deeper connection with music. 

Performance

Ruth Kasckow plays flute, piccolo and alto flute in a number of groups. She has performed with Opera a la Carte, Santa Monica Symphony, Orquesta mexicana de la juventud, and Burbank Symphony. She is currently principal flutist with LCPC Orchestra. She plays regularly with the Pasadena Presbyterian Music at Noon series. She is equally comfortable in an orchestra, solo recital and chamber music settings. To hear some of Ruth's performances please check out listen.

Avanti Trio

Music for flute, violin and viola

Transcendence

Music for flute, piano, bass and drums

Flute Studies

She received her MFA in Flute Performance from California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA and her BA in Music from Goucher College in Baltimore, MD. Her primary teachers include Bonnie Lake, David Shostac, Jim Walker and Liisa Ruoho. She has performed in master classes with Jean-Pierre Rampal, Thomas Nyfenger, Julius Baker, Andreas Blau, Toshio Takahashi and Liisa Ruoho. 

Flute Instruction

Ruth teaches flutists of all ages and levels. Ruth has taught at Pasadena Conservatory of Music, Baltimore City Public Schools and Old Town Music Co. She maintains a private flute studio in the Pasadena area. Ruth is a faculty member of Pasadena Suzuki Music Program (PSMP)  and Yung Mee Rhee Music Academy in La Crescenta where she teaches flute to all levels and ages. She is conveniently located to La Canada, Glendale, La Crescenta, Pasadena and Los Angeles. Find out more about Ruth’s teaching.

Body Mapping

Ruth is a Licensed Andover Educator teaching the course “What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body”. She teaches private Body Mapping lessons and customized Body Mapping Workshops for all instrumentalists and singing. Find out more about Body Mapping.

CDs and Books

Ruth Kasckow composed and self-published Chinese Folk Song Suite for flute quartet at the request of the La Canada High School band for their trip to China. Ruth composed The Flute Duet Practice Books 1 and 2 for students to make playing scales, arpeggios and thirds more fun. All three books are available for sale at Fluteworld.com. Listen to samples of Ruth's music on Listen.

Ruth's two CDs are a compendium of music for flute alone and flute and piano composed by French and German composers. Her collaborative pianist is Christopher Brennan, DMA. Both CDs are available on CD Baby.  Ruth’s interest in exploring music of France and Germany was the inspiration for her CD’s which represent a variety of styles and time periods. Listen to samples of Ruth's CDs on Listen.

Memberships

Ruth is a member of Los Angeles Music Union Local 47Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC) Pasadena Branch, Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Andover EducatorsPerforming Arts and Medicine Association (PAMA) and the National Flute Association.