I am Kyle Woodruff. You can usually find me in the music room at the Lehi campus.
I am originally from Magna, Utah. I am the oldest of 9 kids. I started playing the piano before I could walk. By the time I was 3, I was matching the doorbell, microwave, and any other sounds I heard. We discovered that I have perfect pitch. By age 8, I could play well enough that I began taking organ lessons as well. Soon after, I became the organist for our congregation and I have been serving in that capacity ever since, no matter where I have lived.
I began picking up other instruments beginning with the recorder when I played for the Utah Medieval Festival in the late 1990s. I now play 14 instruments at an intermediate level. I have accompanied stage musicals, choir performances, and special musical numbers on the piano and organ. I also sing. I performed with the Salt Lake Choral Artists for several years and went on tour to Israel with them in 2013. I am currently singing in the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.
I earned my Associates of Art degree from the College of Eastern Utah (Price). I graduated with my Bachelor of Music Education degree with Honors from the University of Utah. I taught K-8 music for five years in Buckeye, Arizona before moving to Ascent Academy in Lehi in 2019. My favorite part of teaching music is when we get to play “Silly Mr. Woodruff.” That’s where I take a song they are learning and play or sing something wrong and the students have to tell me what is wrong and how to correct it. At Ascent, I teach early morning band, K-6 General Music, Jr. High Choir, and my wife teaches after-school orchestra. I run sound and teach music for the annual school musical.
My favorite types of music to listen to and perform are Broadway Musicals and Disney Movie Soundtracks. I enjoy playing piano, singing, and working sound in community theater. I have arranged music for two stage musicals, including Draper Theater’s “A Christmas Carol” and “Through Emma’s Eyes” by Jenny McKinney. I teach private music lessons and braille music reading lessons.
My free-time interests include playing online games with my friends, helping other people with music challenges, and spending time with my family. My wife plays the cello and sings alto, my son and daughter sing, and my daughter dances on pointe in ballet.