Caruth Piano Studio

Since 1973, Caruth Piano Studio has helped students of all ages develop musical skills through quality piano lessons, training them in performance, technique, ear training, theory, sight reading and accompanying.  Caruth Piano Studio has been located in Ankeny, Iowa since 2001.  The students of Caruth Piano Studio are well known throughout the state of Iowa for their dedication, skill and high level of success.  

Among the many accomplishments, students have placed in IMTA District and State auditions, MTNA auditions, Terrace Hill Competition, Starr Competition, Milwaukee Chopin Competition, UNI Festival Scholarship, Dorian Festival, National Guild of Piano Teachers, All-State Accompanist, Bill Riley Talent Show/ Iowa State Fair and many miscellaneous awards including full tuition college scholarships.  Aside from their accomplishments large or small, all students celebrate the ability to enjoy music as a life-long endeavor.


Cyndie Caruth, NCTM

Cyndie Caruth of Ankeny, Iowa has been a certified independent piano instructor for over 30 years. She was among the first ten in the U.S. to be nationally certified through the MTNA examination program. Her students have received honors in district, state, regional and international competitions. They have also been featured in a variety of concerto and television performances. Cyndie Caruth graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in music education. She taught in the public school five years and directed many community and church choirs. Cyndie has also served as a church musician/organist for many years. She actively serves as adjudicator for District and State IMTA competitions in addition to the Piano Guild and other events in surrounding states.

Cyndie Caruth was bestowed the “Friend of Education” award for her community volunteer work to develop a school program for accompanists in grades K-4. She has served on the West Central Division board and the Iowa Music Teachers board in a variety of capacities. She has mentored many teachers in her area through IMTA's program. Cyndie was the sole recipient of the 2004 “Certified Teacher of the Year” and the “Distinguished Service Award” at their annual state conference and the first to ever receive both awards concurrently. Her studio and accomplishments were featured in the Des Moines Register in 2004.  Cyndie is the immediate past president of the Iowa Music Teachers Association, having served as president during the 2008-2009 term.  She currently serves on the IMTA Theory committee and writes the state theory and ear training exams for each of the six levels of performance.

January 2009, Cyndie was positioned as the Regional Sales Manager for North American Music featuring the piano lines of Hardman and Peck, Hallet Davis, and the renowned Schulze Pollmann piano.
She also presents technology seminars nationwide at music teachers conferences as a sales consultant for Romeo Music.

Cyndie regularly adjudicates for Iowa Music Teacher competitions and festivals as well as the National Guild of Piano Teachers Auditions. She has presented lectures covering such topics as repertoire selection, studio makeover and policies, innovative teaching strategies, interpretation, competition etiquette, technology and master class sessions for teachers and student performances.

Cyndie's husband Carroll is a well-known piano technician in the area.  They enjoy time with their two sons, daughter-in-laws and their three grandsons. 


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