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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.

    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.

    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.

    julia toaspern

    AJMS TEACHER- Violin, Voice, Guitar, Ukulele

    Hailing from Berlin, Germany, Julia has been singing and playing music since the age of 6. While she started on the recorder, she spent her youth studying classical violin and voice, performing in choirs and renowned youth orchestras in Germany. After school she studied music teaching and theory (Free University Berlin) as well as opera singing with Roberta Cunningham (Berlin) and Neil Semer (NYC). While Julia remains passionate about classical music, she loves pop and folk music just as much. She took up the guitar at age 14 and used it to accompany herself singing at first, then dove into jazz music later on. As a singer songwriter her debut album was released in 2014, which was followed by a full band album in 2017. Just recently she teamed up with Celtic guitarist Tony McManus for a duo project that includes it all: Celtic folk, original songs, jazz and classical. This was captured on a live CD released in early 2019. Julia has been touring with her music all over Europe, North America and Australia in the past 5 years, and loves teaching when she's home.

    michael gora

    AJMS TEACHER- Piano, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele

    Michael Gora is a classically trained pianist and multi-instrumentalist from Fergus, Ontario. He has taught guitar and piano both privately and through the Ontario Conservatory of music throughout the past eight years. Between his studies as an aspiring lawyer, he has been a songwriter and musician for Lime Parade, Broadway Draws, and most recently in Middlebrook. This has found him in front of a piano, organ, guitar, and microphone at music venues and festivals across Southern Ontario. His passion for music spans multiple genres, but can be found most often playing and recording in his home studio a concoction of Americana, Rock, and Country music.

    sam bibby

    AJMS TEACHER- Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Drums, Trombone

    At the age of 12, Sam decided to pursue a career in music and has never regretted his decision. After High School, Sam attended Wilfrid Laurier University and graduated with a degree in Music, with a specialization in Music Education. At Laurier, Sam studied piano with Joseph Ferretti. In addition to studies in piano, Sam performed alongside the Elora Festival Singers, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and Guelph Symphony Orchestra as part of the auditioned choir The Laurier Singers. Sam also took courses in flute, clarinet, trumpet, voice, and french horn while at Laurier. After undergrad, Sam went to teachers college at Nipissing University where he had the chance to join the school/community choir The Near North Voices as a member of the bass section and as a guest conductor.

    Sam plays 22 different instruments, has played in a few different bands and has yet to find a genre of music he does not like, from jazz to classical to hip hop to avant-garde to metal. Sam really enjoys multi-track recording, where he is happy doing anything from producing hip-hop tracks to recording metal songs. Sam just returned from a year of teaching music at in International School in Cairo, Egypt and is looking forward to settling back in Canada. Sam has been teaching music lessons for about 7 years and has loved every minute of it!





    luke cyrus hunter

    AJMS TEACHER- Piano, Guitar, Ukulele

    Kitchener based musician, and multi-instrumentalist Luke Hunter has a diverse musical background. Often performing as a solo musician, Luke has performed everywhere from the VIP lounge at Cineplex Theaters, the London Pride parade, weddings, restaurants, pubs, and senior homes. He started off studying classical piano in his early years, but eventually moved into rock, blues and jazz, as well as learning guitar, voice, ukulele, and songwriting along the way. After high school, Luke went on to study jazz piano and performance at Humber College, eventually getting his BA. After graduating from Humber, Luke spent half a year playing in the show band for Holland America Cruise lines; after that he toured for a number of years with Shania Twin, North Americas top Shania tribute act.

    Currently, Luke is close to completing his MA in Community Music at Wilfrid Laurier University.

    As a songwriter and recording artist, Luke's own songs have received lots of play on the local radio station, CKWR. In addition to leading his own solo project, Luke has also played on a number of recording projects for other local artists.





    adam horrocks

    AJMS TEACHER- Voice, Guitar, Bass, Music Production

    Adam Horrocks is an audio engineer, vocal coach and touring musician from
    Waterloo, Ontario and the lead singer/primary songwriter of experimental emo outfit “romancer”.
    Born into a musical family, Adam started writing songs at the age of 14 and
    involved himself in bands immediately upon entering high school.

    With dreams of taking his musical abilities to the next level, Adam studied
    voice and guitar with Adrian Jones from 2011 to 2013 before attending Fanshawe College in 2014 where he studied Music Industry Arts.
    After his first semester, Adam released a debut EP followed by full
    length album after graduating in 2016.
    romancer hit the ground running when Adam moved back to
    Waterloo, self booking tours along the 401 and fostering a new scene for their
    genre in Ontario. As of 2019 romancer has toured all across Canada in addition to several successful tours in the U.S.
    Adam currently lives in Waterloo, where he works at AME Studio as a producer, assistant engineer and session singer.