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Ruth Coleman

Ruth Coleman

Department of Church Music
Division of Music
School of Fine Arts and Communication



  • MA, Piano, Bob Jones University
  • BA, Piano, Bob Jones University



Mrs. Ruth Coleman is Assistant Professor of Piano at Bob Jones University where she teaches applied piano and hymn improvisation and accompanies the Collegiate Choir. She holds both a B.A. and an M.A. in Piano Performance from Bob Jones University where she studied with Laurence Morton. Before joining the music faculty in 1988, Mrs. Coleman maintained a private studio in her home and taught private piano lessons in various Christian day schools. She has taught piano at all levels from preschoolers to college majors.

For many years Mrs. Coleman belonged to the American College of Music and Musicians and had her students participate in the National Piano Guild Auditions. Currently she is a member of Music Teachers National Association and is an active member of the both the state and local chapters.

Because of her interest and experience in hymn improvisation, Mrs. Coleman developed a step-by-step method of teaching congregational hymn playing. As a result, she co-authored  the Hymnproviser: Text/Workbook series published by Majesty Music. She enjoys arranging for both the university and for churches. She has had several choral, piano, and violin/piano arrangements published, many of which were done in collaboration with her husband, Fred Coleman, or her daughter, Kristin Campbell.

Mrs. Coleman began accompanying for church services when she was in junior high school. For the past 37 years, she has played both piano and organ in the various churches where her husband has been the Pastor for Music and Worship. Presently she accompanies for the services at Hampton Park Baptist Church in Greenville, where she also team teaches a ladies’ Bible study each semester.

Mrs. Coleman has two married children, two granddogs, and one grandcat. In June she will add one grandchild! In her spare time she likes to read, bike, and be outdoors.