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rubyholladIn 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.

In an effort to maintain the rich musical legacy inherited from their mother, Martha's son Loris Holland, and daughters, Alice Patrong and Elizabeth Fullington - each a graduate of the Ruby Holland School of Music, established the Ruby Holland Scholarship in 2003 to assist students who cannot afford to pay for music lessons.

Loris Holland is an established Grammy Award Winning Producer, Arranger/Composer and Songwriter. For more information about Loris - visit www.lorisholland.com. Alice Patrong is a Foreign Agreements Representative at the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN); and Elizabeth took the path of teaching and continues to maintain the core principles and teaching philosophy of the Ruby Holland School of Music - "to inspire, nurture and make each student's musical experience positive, enjoyable and rewarding".

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