In 1958. Martha Ruby Holland (nee Nicholson) founded the first Ruby Holland School of Music in 1958 in British Guiana, South America. Her teaching principles were patterned against the graded-curriculum guidelines of the Royal School of Music, London, England.
Martha's approach to teaching music (the piano) was unique and quite enriching. Recitals were a joy. Musical plays were always a part of the recital program. She was a caring and dedicated teacher who touched the lives of many in her community. One of her greatest gifts was the ability to bring out hidden talents in each of her students.
In 1978 Martha migrated to Canada where she became affiliated with the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and continued to teach in her home studio until her retirement in 2001 at the age of 88. Martha Ruby Holland died on February 19th, 2006 at the age of 92.