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Newton Abbot
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Owner
YMS Keyboard Teacher
Vocal Coach
Workshop Practitioner

Joanna attended Birmingham Conservatoire (1996-2000) where she studied piano performance and working extensively with musical theatre and opera singers. 

Website Admin
Theatre Coach
Workshop Practitioner

Rob completed a BA Hons Degree in Drama at Exeter University in 2003 after completeting the BTEC ND in Performing Arts at Plymouth CFE.

Guitar and Bass Guitar Teacher

Producer and Music Technology Manager

Workshop Practitioner

Following secondary school, Tom completed a BTEC National Diploma at City College Plymouth, where he studied performance and music production. After, he started gigging heavily across the UK, most notably with metal band, Huron.

Tom joined the JJ’s team in 2010 and trained as a Yamaha Guitar Teacher. Since then, he has taught hundreds of students, from absolute beginner all the way up to Grade 8 and beyond.

Tom is active as a producer, recording bands and artists at JJ’s alongside his own works. Notable productions also include Yamaha Guitar Encounters GE3 and Class Vocals 3 books.

Tom is a busy gigging musician, as the guitarist for metal band, Torqued, premier tribute band, Nightwished, and local function bands Radio Ga Ga and The Zaks.
Gigging career highlights include Download Festival, Bloodstock Open Air, Hammerfest and Bulldog Bash.

Drum Teacher

Workshop Practitioner

Dan's love for heavy metal naturally progressed to picking up a pair of drum sticks at the age of 14 and began to learn the drums.

I absolutely love my role at JJ’s Arts Academy. You may see me on reception during the week behind the desk organising all our student’s classes, taster sessions, and our teachers! I love the buzz of reception as the students wait to begin their lessons and it’s always a lively, happy atmosphere which I love being a part of each week.

Jinglebugs is our singing and dance session for babies up to pre school age. I run this each week at Mr Biscuits café and it’s always so rewarding to watch our Jinglebugs grow up and enjoy the music whilst interacting with their grown- ups. Having 2 children myself, I feel that groups like this are important for the children’s development but also the sanity of the parents too! I feel proud to be providing the chance for us parents to get together each week, watch our children enjoy music and also have a laugh with each other whilst we dance and sing and act silly for their entertainment! 😊

My love for musical theatre and drama blossomed for the 14 years I attended Stagecoach Theatre school Torquay and played huge role in my childhood and development of self-confidence.

During my time there I took part in various shows including; the chorus of the 'Pink Floyd tribute band' at The Princess theatre Torquay and 'Joseph and his technicolour dream coat', also at The Princess. The role I was most proud of playing was Adelaide in our rendition of 'Guys and Dolls'.

I took part in a West End masterclass at Pineapple dance studios in 2009, which was an amazing experience and definitely one I would recommend to others who wish to experience the world of musical theatre!

I have also taken part in local pantomimes, Shakespeare festivals, extra’s work and have begun my own Theatre and drama group based locally in Newton Abbot: “Made for the stage” for children age 5-12 years.

Q. What’s Your name and where do you come from?
A. James Dishart. Born Brighton, lived in Kingsteignton for almost my entire life!

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