MEET THE TEACHERS
ABIGAIL HAWKSWORTH FOUNDER~PIANO AND VOCALS
Music has been the chief focus of Abigail’s life since she was a very young girl. What started as a fun hobby for an adept beginner, blossomed into a fruitful career and an unrivaled passion. She studied at Jordan Music, starting at age four, and continued learning until she opened Abigail’s Music Studio in 2006. Since then, she has been inspiring students of all ages and assisting them in becoming promising musicians. She has taught hundreds of individuals from around the area, both boys and girls, young and old. Her first concert in 2014, at the Central Congregational Church in Newburyport was a rousing success that featured performances by more than 50 of her students. Abigail has a natural gift for teaching music, and it has long been her dream to open a school to accommodate as many students as possible. That dream has come true, with the creation of River Music Academy. She takes great pride in her work and is ecstatic to be able to reach even more students, and help guide them on a journey of musical discovery.
AMANDA THONN PIANO, VOCALS, GUITAR, VIOLIN, FIDDLE, UKULELE
Amanda Thonn has been studying music her whole life. Her passion showed at an early age and it was clear that it would be the forefront of her life and career. Amanda is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in piano, guitar, violin/fiddle, ukulele and vocals. She teaches all genres and styles of music from Classical to Old Time. Not only is Amanda an intuitive teacher, she is also a heartfelt performer. You can find her performing throughout the area and currently fronting the band Mundo’s Crazy Circus.
AARON ZAROULIS PERCUSSION, SONGWRITING, RECORDING TECHNOLOGY
When he is not touring the country, sharing stages with artists such as, Michael McDonald, Alabama Shakes, Moe., and Blue Oyster Cult, Aaron is giving drum lessons to students of all skill levels. In addition to his 13 years of playing experience, he has also studied at Berklee College of Music and Keene State College for Music Performance. Through traditional schooling and real world touring experience, Aaron brings an amazing first hand perspective on what it takes to be a successful drummer and musician.
Laura Bucher PIANO, VOCALS, GUITAR, UKULELE
Laura has been enthusiastic about music from a young age. She began studying piano at the age of three and continued her studies through college. Laura plays many instruments, having studied piano, voice and organ in college, as well as playing guitar and ukulele. She recently graduated from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio with a Bachelors of Music Education and a focus in classical piano. Laura has played in church settings and has accompanied many choirs in the area. She always enjoys finding new opportunities to collaborate with fellow musicians. She has known since she was a teenager that teaching music to people of all ages is her purpose in life, and is always ready to share her passion for music with her students.