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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.




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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!





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    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.




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    zoe wood

    AJMS TEACHER- Voice, Piano

    Zoe looks forward to taking her students to new levels of passion for their music. She holds an undergraduate degree from York University. During her high school years she completed her Grade 8 RCM in piano and finished the technique and performance portion of her Grade 10 RCM. Since graduating university she looks forward to completing the theory portion of her Grade 10 RCM— so she can relate to being a music student even now. Zoe started by studying classical and pop piano. In her later years she pursued vocal coaching with renowned teacher Elaine Overholt at Big Voice Studio in Toronto. She has also pursued songwriting mentorships with professionals who have accomplished top 40 work and JUNO nominations. Zoe looks forward to releasing her first EP in 2020 and spends her free time songwriting and playing gigs throughout the KW, Guelph, and Toronto regions. She loves to teach all ages as long as they have a genuine pursuit of their interest. Zoe's teaching methodology will include understanding each student and creating a program of learning to suit that person's particular learning style, genre, interest, and goals.




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    Sonia cheng

    AJMS TEACHER- Voice, Piano

    Sonia is a classically trained pianist from Elora, ON. She studied with Dorothy Wettlaufer and Sylvia Hunter before continuing her musical education at Wilfrid Laurier University in the Comprehensive Music Program under Boyd Macdonald. Sonia has taught youth in private and group classrooms as well as adaptive creative arts in camp settings. While Sonia's training is classically focused, she loves multiple genres, and has a strong background in musical theory and history.