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    Adrian Jones

    AJMS TEACHER - Guitar, Voice, Violin, Bass, Ukulele, Steel Guitar


    Adrian Jones is a classically trained multi-instrumentalist performer, teacher and singer-songwriter. He studied guitar under Bruce French and Lynne Gangbar, and Voice with Bel Canto legend Ed Johnson. Adrian also attended Wilfrid Laurier University in the Honours Music Program for 2 years.

    His various projects have found him performing on bills with a diverse collection of acts such as Ed Bickert, Blue Rodeo, The Rheostatics, Feist, Arcade Fire, Metric, Fred Eaglesmith, Lowest of the Low, Jeff Healey, Gogol Bordello, Bruce Cockburn, King Cobb Steelie, David Wilcox, The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Broken Social Scene, Jack Soul and many more.

    As a frontman, Adrian has release 3 CDs and a live DVD with worldbeat jamband SNACK! an EP and full-length project with duo partner Kim Regimbal and 2 solo acoustic EPs. As a sideman and session player, Adrian has appeared on over 50 albums playing anything with strings on it. Currently, Adrian is the steel guitar player for Broadway Draws and the Moore Jones Band and the frontman for Foghorn Saxhorn and the Realtors.

    Since opening the Adrian Jones Music School in 1997, Adrian has taught 1500 private music students.

    Currently, Adrian also teaches Ukulele workshops and Rock Band workshops in local schools and runs a successful rock band camp every summer in Elora.




    Dave Jones

    AJMS TEACHER- Drums, Guitar, Bass

    Dave Jones is a multi-instrumentalist from Elora, On. He studied drums extensively with Arun Pal. He is currently a member of 6 bands, playing bass for The Bearskins, The Foundation Steppas, and Snack!; and drums for The Realtors, The Moore Jones Band, and Broadway Draws. He is the host of a long standing and very successful open mic/jam night at the Shepherd's Pub in Elora.

    Dave has played many festivals and venues across Canada with his projects including Riverfest Elora, The Hillside Festival, Sunfest, Festival of Friends, and Pop Montreal, including bills with Metric, The Dears, Charles Bradley, and Lowest of the Low.

    When not performing or teaching music, Dave can be found recording music in the studio. He has engineered and produced albums by the Shawn Connerys, Broadway Draws, and the upcoming album by the Bearskins.

    Dave teaches Drums, Bass, Guitar and Ukulele at the Elora location of the Adrian Jones Music School.

    Jon Kraemer

    AJMS TEACHER- Guitar, Bass, Ukulele

    Jon Kraemer discovered and developed his musical skills 20 years ago at the Adrian Jones Music School. He continued his studies at Mohawk College and Wilfrid Laurier University with a focus on composition, theory and fretboard harmony. He now teaches Guitar, Bass and Ukulele at both locations of the Adrian Jones Music School and plays live as much as possible with as many people as possible. Jon is currently the lead guitar player for The Bearskins.

    John McLelland


    John McLelland has performed with many of Canada's jazz notables including singers Trish Colter, Jackie Richardson, Carol Wellsman, Heather Bambrick and instrumentalists Phil Nimmons, Rick Wilkins, Peter Appleyard, Dave McMurdo, Ted Warren, Duncan Hopkins and Mike Malone as well as American jazz luminaries Louis Smith and Mike Grace. He has performed internationally at the Focsani Blues Festival in Romania with Barbra Lica and Chris Cigolea and at The Queenstown International Jazz Festival in New Zealand with Jason Thornton. He holds Bachelor of Music ( Honours ) and Bachelor of Education degrees from The University of Western Ontario, studied at The Banff School for the Performing Arts and spent three years in New Zealand teaching Jazz and Improvisation at James Hargest College. He is co-founder, keyboard player and principal composer for The Phoenix Jazz Group whose original music is in rotation on Canada's Premier Jazz Station Jazz FM 91.1 in Toronto and has been heard on radio in the U.S. and New Zealand.

    Paige Warner

    AJMS TEACHER- Piano, Voice, Ukulele, Guitar

    Paige has been passionate about music, in particular voice, since she was a little girl. Paige was trained in vocals from the age of 13 by Charmaine Brown, the only Brett Manning Certified teacher in Canada. She has studied contemporary piano from a variety of teachers including her own father, Stephen C. Warner. Paige studied guitar and ukulele with Adrian Jones.
    While still is high school, Paige worked as a music teacher's assistant, which affirmed her love for teaching. Since then, she has embraced her passion for music education by teaching privately and teaching full time for AJMS. Paige's passion for teaching is evident in her students progress and their growing excitement for music.

    Paige has experience performing in a variety of settings including concerts, schools, markets, music festivals, and cafes.
    Paige is currently recording her debut album due to be released in Spring 2018.

    Keith Conway

    AJMS TEACHER- Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin

    Keith Conway is a Classical Guitarist who studied under the likes of Ann Graham, Frank Deresti and Brad DeRoche. He received a BA in Music from Algoma University and studied Jazz guitar under Frank Deresti and Dr. Matt Warnock. Keith has been teaching both privately and in various music schools since 2005 while playing in various groups ranging from jazz big bands to progressive rock bands. He played the bulk of the guitar tracks for Machines Dream debut album which garnered rave reviews in UK Progressive Magazine, leading to a multi album contract for the group. He has written and recorded music for Blues Harvest, Mike DiSanto, Hyperion Effect and various singer songwriters.

    JoJo Worthington

    AJMS TEACHER- Voice, Ukulele

    Kitchener Waterloo artist JoJo Worthington has won numerous awards and accolades for her completely refreshing and experimental take on the (often blase) ukulele through her songwriting and producing.

    Now she dedicates herself to teaching her art at several music studios in the Waterloo region, and ukulele workshops throughout Ontario.

    JoJo believes that age doesn't matter when learning a new instrument and has taught students anywhere from 5 to 80 years old. Her goal is to get every student she teaches to be as passionate and enthralled with music as she is, while inspiring new musicians to spring up and create more forward thinking music.

    Matthew Rait

    AJMS TEACHER- Guitar, Ukulele, Electric & Upright Bass

    (ABD) PhD. Matthew is in the final stages of completing his Doctorate in Music. He has been recognized for his playing, and has had the opportunity to perform in a wide range of settings. He has performed with notable musicians including Barry Elmes, Lenny Boyd and Lorne Lofsky. Matthew can be heard in collaboration with other artists and bands such as Trombonist Ron Westray on "Jimi Jazz and Magisteria"; The Erie Travellers on "Waiting," "I Want to Look at the Moon" and "Verbatim." Matthew's own release, "6th Line," features distinguished Canadian musicians Barry Elmes and Artie Roth. Matthew has extensive experience teaching at multiple levels including: university courses, private music schools and the elementary and secondary school sectors.

    steve richards

    AJMS TEACHER- Guitar, Ukulele, Drums, Bass


    Hailing from Fergus Ontario, Steve Richards has been teaching music in Guelph and the surrounding area for 15 years. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist and alumni of AJMS, Steve teaches guitar, bass, drums, and ukulele. He is currently one of the lead guitarists in the band Mandroid Echostar and has spent the last 7 years touring and recording with the group. Last year, the band won a Juno award for their first full length album Coral Throne. With Mandroid, Steve has toured Canada and North America from coast to coast playing notable venues such as the London Music Hall and Casino Rama and sharing stages with bands such as The Trews, July Talk, Protest the Hero, Every Time I Die, Foxy Shazam, and Megadeth.

    Steve is AJMS's resident heavy metal specialist but is also well versed in many music genres from jazz to blues to pop.

    Chuck de la Cruz

    AJMS TEACHER- Guitar, Piano, Drums, Bass, Voice


    Chuck de la Cruz is a multi-instrumentalist from Toronto, Ontario. He attended the St. Michael's Choir School where he toured across North America and Europe. While in grade school and high school, Chuck studied harmony and counterpoint with the Royal Conservatory of Music. Chuck went on to study music composition at the University of Toronto. While classically trained, Chuck's real passion for music began even earlier when he would be listening to rock music every Sunday with his family.

    Chuck has performed in front of audiences since the age of 8 in a number of different venues from the Starlight Social Club in Waterloo to the prestigious Massey Hall in downtown Toronto. He has been part of a number of musical showcases in the Kitchener-Waterloo area where he has taken on the role of vocalist, guitarist, bassist, pianist and drummer.