Ashley Jones began her training at the Hartford Conservatory of Music at the age of three. Under the watchful eye of her musician father, she studied at the Conservatory with Barbara Embser and with violinist Jane Carlberg for 14 years. During her teens, she also studied piano and guitar before graduating from the Ethel Walker School in 1991 as a member of the Advanced Performing Arts Program.
Jones then trained at Trinity College with former principal to Les Ballets Africains (the National Ballet of Guinea) and artistic director of Les Merveille D’Afrique, Abdoulaye Sylla, and went on to perform and teach alongside Abdoulaye. In 1998 her performance career took off, and in 2001 she decided to apply her knowledge in the form of teaching. Ashley taught at The Chesire Academy from 2006-2007 and taught from 2001 to 2013 at The Musicians Co-op of Mystic. In 2006 she widened her teaching abilities by training at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford as a Suzuki teacher-the same method she studied as a child.
Ashley is certified as a Suzuki teacher through the Suzuki Association of the Americas and continues to perform throughout New England and teach from her studio in North Stonington on coastal Connecticut.
To always believe in the sprout of talent that resides in the heart and spirit of every student that I have the honour to teach.
Miss Ashley has patiently nurtured and developed Sophia’s love for the violin for the past 6 years. Sophia’s skills have blossomed under her expert guidance. We look forward to Miss Ashley continuing Sophia’s development and would highly recommend her to anyone.
Ashley Jones violin is the “right fit” for my beginning violinist. Ashley is a gifted teacher who has taught my daughter using the Suzuki method while supplementing her repertoire with contemporary favorites. It is an exceptional teacher who is able to intuit how and when to push or praise- Ashley has this gift.
My six-year old son has been studying the violin with Miss Ashley for a little over a year. My husband and I have enjoyed watching his progression as a musician and violinist, which we attribute to Miss Ashley’s holistic approach to teaching him. She incorporates a motley of techniques to engage our son during their weekly lessons- from drumming together in rhythmic patterns on her African drums to playing a variety of games that teach him parts of the violin, musical terms and proper body posture while playing the violin. The culmination of their weekly lessons comes twice a year when Miss Ashley offers a concert where all of her students, including our son, can perform pieces of music that they have been working on throughout the year for their friends and family. It is a proud day for our son and a highlight for us. In a nutshell, Miss Ashley is a true gem and we are so glad that we are part of her violin family.
Ashley Jones is a fun, knowledgeable, and supportive teacher with years of experience. Working with Ashley has helped give me the foundation I needed to pursue my lifelong passion for playing the violin. Highly recommended!
Our daughter has been taking violin lessons for 5 years with Miss Ashley. As a teacher, she has gone above and beyond meeting our expectations. Her passion and expertise show through her teaching. She keeps our daughter engaged and she loves coming to her lessons. We are so grateful to have her as a teacher.
As one of Ashley’s long standing students, I can say that her teaching style is progressive and relaxed enough to have inspired me to commit to the violin. Ashley is well-rounded in various genres of violin and fiddle style music. She has motivated and inspired me to love the instrument and to be the best player I can be.
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