Faculty Instructors

Ruth Brown

MRS. RUTH BROWN, M.M., earned a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s degree in piano performance from Bob Jones University. Over the last 30 years, Brown has taught private piano lessons, arranged many songs for publishers, accompanied for CD recordings, presented hymnplaying and piano workshops, adjudicated for numerous events, and taught collegiate-level private lessons and courses. Over the years, several of her high school students have placed first in the AACS National Competition and have gone on to major in music. (currently maintains a waiting list)

Emily Haynes

EMILY HAYNES, B.A., graduated from Maranatha with a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Pedagogy. Emily has performed with a community civic theater and band. She has also been involved with music ministries at various churches. Emily completed a college teaching internship and then continued teaching in a private studio after graduation. She loves to help students learn music so they can love and appreciate music on a deeper level. Emily strongly believes that to develop a love of music making, students must simultaneously develop both musicianship and technical skills.

David Ledgerwood

DR. DAVID LEDGERWOOD, DMus, has a B.S. in Music Education from Indiana University in Pennsylvania, an M.A. in Sacred Music from Pensacola Christian College, an M.A. in Music Theory and Composition from Indiana University in Pennsylvania, and a D.Mus. from Maranatha. In addition to his education, he has extensive experience as an accompanist, composer, arranger, and soloist. David has been teaching music since 1986 and has taught all ages and ranges of ability. “I look upon my teaching as a means to teach character qualities essential in the development of children, especially how to practice in order to get all of the details correct,” he says. “I also try to stress the importance of communicating the emotional context of the music.” (currently maintains a waiting list)

Ruth Steinbart

RUTH STEINBART, B.A., graduated from Maranatha with a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Pedagogy. Ruth has her Music Teacher National Association Certification, and she is currently pursuing the pedagogy certificate through The Achievement Program. Ruth is also completing the requirements for Level 1 Early Childhood Music and Movement Certification. 

Rick Townsend

DR. RICK TOWNSEND, Ph.D, has a special love for early childhood music, which is shown by his broad involvement as a teacher, teacher educator, and clinician. He teaches the early childhood methods course at Maranatha and has taught infants through 4/5-year-olds at Kiddie Kampus for seven years. He is a frequent early childhood clinician at the Wisconsin Music Educator’s Association’s annual conference, and currently serves as managing director for the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association (ECMMA), a broad, international coalition of early childhood music and movement specialists. Dr. Townsend has studied early childhood music with Dr. Cynthia Taggart, coauthor of MusicPlay and the Jump Right In early childhood and elementary music curricula. He is certified in GIML early childhood music and in two Musikgarten levels, including Cycles and Music Makers at the Keyboard. He and his wife, Linda, have been teaching music at all levels for over 35 years

Janet Tschida

JANET TSCHIDA, M.A.M.E., NCTM, earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, WI and completed her Masters of Arts degree in Music Education with a concentration in Piano Pedagogy at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Janet is the director of Maranatha Piano Preparatory School, and she teaches pedagogy courses and private/group piano at the college. Janet maintains professional memberships with the National Federation of Music Clubs (Adjudicator), the American College of Musicians (Site Chairperson), the Music Teacher’s National Association, and The Achievement Program (Site Chairperson). Janet also maintains her National Certification Teacher of Music (NCTM), has completed several early childhood music certifications, and has completed Dalcroze Level 1 certification . Her students have frequent performing opportunities both in recitals and in piano competitions/festivals such as the National Federation, National Guild, The Achievement Program, WACS, and local contests. Most importantly, Janet strives to meet the individual needs of her students by using various teaching strategies to adapt to each student’s unique learning style. Typical lessons include technique, theory, sight-reading, ear-training, improvisation, and educational repertoire. Additionally, she has developed a curriculum for teaching hymn improvisation for interested students. Janet sums up her teaching by saying, “I desire to provide the highest quality of comprehensive musical education for my students by expecting excellence, fostering fine musicianship, and developing creativity and imagination within a respectful and pleasant learning environment.” (currently maintains a waiting list) 

Intern Instructors


  • Are music pedagogy majors or minors.
  • Are taking/have taken pedagogy courses where they learn proven strategies for teaching students of various ages and learning styles, techniques for adapting curriculum for a more well-rounded musicianship approach, current trends in music teaching, ensemble instruction techniques, early childhood music and movement teaching skills, and performance practices.
  • Are proficient pianists (They have passed their freshman music performance exam. They have passed/will pass a sophomore music performance exam. Majors perform a 50 minute solo senior recital).
  • Have completed numerous hours of music teaching observation with master teachers.
  • Attend weekly master classes with university level teachers where they learn to diagnose and correct weaknesses in performance.
  • Record, watch, and critique a lesson they teach each week.
  • Meet individually with their student teaching supervisor to discuss their lesson plans and teaching recordings on a weekly basis.
  • Meet as a teacher group to discuss teaching strategies on a weekly basis.

Maranatha’s music graduates…

  • Have scored above the 90th percentile for five consecutive years on national standardized music testing.
  • Are frequently awarded graduate assistantships and have been accepted to over 25 well-known and established music graduate schools including Eastman School of Music, Westminster Choir College, and Indiana University.
  • Regularly receive high reviews from their employers on competence and character.
  • Have a 100% pass rate for the National Certification through Music Teachers National Association (piano pedagogy track).
  • Earn National Early Childhood Music & Movement Certification (piano pedagogy track).
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