Originating from Manchester, Jay first started playing guitar at the age of 13, and got his first thirst for guitar teaching at the age of 17 when he was asked by Salford MAPAS to assist his then guitar teacher in a series of extra curricular guitar workshops at a local school.
It wasn’t until after his undergraduate degree and PGCE that Jay set himself up as a private guitar teacher, the demand for which soon saw him working full time around Manchester and Cheshire. The word of Jay’s work as a teacher eventually made its way up to Halifax, where he got his first teaching role at one of the town’s many Academies. During the time teaching in Halifax, the Calderdale Music Trust caught wind of Jay’s work as a teacher, which then secured him a job as one of the Trusts guitar teachers. It was at this time that Jay relocated to Halifax, to focus on his developing guitar teaching career.
Whilst being a highly passionate and motivated teacher, Jay also has a large amount of experience as a music writer and performer, largely writing and playing in bands in the Rock and Metal idioms, the most recent band being Megadeth UK. This band is a tribute act to the extremely popular American heavy metallers, Megadeth, and had such popularity amongst original Megadeth fans that it took Jay all around England to play gigs at various packed out venues. However, with an impending relocation undoubtedly about to make band logistics extremely challenging and Jay’s passion for teaching growing ever stronger, he had to part ways with the band. That isn’t the end of this chapter, however…
As far as qualifications go, Jay has a First Class BA Hons degree in Popular Music and Recording from The University Of Salford, a PGCE in Secondary Music Education, and a Distinction in Grade 8 Guitar from RSL (Rockschool). Furthermore, as with all tutors at Calderdale Music Trust, Jay is also endorsed with an Enhanced DBS Certificate.