JBS Music

JBS Music

Moorpark, CA (map)

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“It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing...”


In 2001 Jay graduated with a Professional certification in Percussion from Musicians Institute.

In 2011 Jay graduated with a Bachelors degree in Music focusing on Percussion, Media composition, and Music therapy.

About JBS Music

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I offer music lessons in piano, drum set, voice, ukulele, theory, recording arts, and music production.

I teach all styles and ages. I have over 10 years experience working with typical and special needs children and adults.

I have many references available upon request.


Moorpark, CA 93021

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  • 5/5 stars February 23, 2015

    My daughter is taking piano from Jay and always looks forward to her piano lessons. Jay is awesome with adults and kids and definitely knows his stuff. I would recommend Jay to anyone who wants to learn piano, as well as other instruments.

  • 5/5 stars February 23, 2015

    I enjoy Jay's ability to take complicated musical concepts and communicate them in a way that a novice musician understands. Particularly like the way he incorpirates " mucical jam sessions" into his lessons.

  • 5/5 stars January 13, 2015

    Jay Shields is an excellent drum teacher! He is extremely patient and encouraging with my son. I highly recommend his services as both a drum and piano teacher.

  • 5/5 stars January 12, 2015

    Jay is a step above other music teachers. He is caring teacher. He really enjoyes seeing the students improve and have a positive experience.

  • 5/5 stars May 25, 2013

    working with Jay was an excellent experience. i tried out thumbtack because i wanted to have a chance to learn the ropes of piano. considering i hadnt played piano for years and was pretty much starting from scratch Jay was great with being patient and kind with me, while making the learning environment comfortable. he is honest, has integrity and is truly a joy to work with. his passion for music is clear from the gate and any student would be lucky to learn from him, i know i was!

  • 5/5 stars April 30, 2013

    Jay makes learning music faster and certainly more fun. He's willing to go the extra mile for his students and draw in their strengths.

  • 5/5 stars April 29, 2013

    I have been taking piano with Jay for quite a few months now, and he has been an amazing teacher. He cares about the goals you want to achieve for yourself, and delivers great lessons and analogies to help you retain the material. He makes students at ease, and is a always ready to explain material more in depth. I highly recommend taking lessons with him!

  • 5/5 stars April 29, 2013

    Jay has been teaching my daughter music and behavior skills for over 9 months and is very talented. He's very fun yet strict. My daughter does very well with him. I would highly recommend him.

  • 5/5 stars April 22, 2013

    Jay is by far the best piano/music teacher we have ever had! He's great with kids! He teaches in a way that is easy for my daughter to understand. She looks forward to practicing and to every lesson. Jay is a true treasure!!!

  • 5/5 stars October 18, 2012

  • 5/5 stars September 30, 2012

    Very talented musician, indeed! My two daughters, 3 and 5 years, recently began lessons with Jay. I have had so much fun watching my girls learn incorporation of piano, drums, and voice. Definitely worth the investment!

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. Teaching Piano, Drum set, Percussion, and Music theory to children and adults. I am usually requested to travel to my students homes.

Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

A. I most recently helped 2 brothers prepare their classical piano pieces for a recital. We worked on dynamics, phrasing, and rhythmic interpretation.

Prior to that job, I taught a percussion lesson to a child with a learning disability. Because he has difficulties reading, I utilized an aural method to explain and teach the rhythms we would play.

Prior to that job, I taught a beginner piano lesson to a 12 year old girl who is very musically inclined but lacks the formal theory and musical education needed to open the doors fully to her talent.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Make sure your music teacher has a thourough education. A degree in music is an excellent indicator that your teacher is a serious musician. This isn't to say that a music teacher without a degree is not qualified, but you can be sure a teacher with a 4 year degree has a solid understanding of music, theory, and application.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I love teaching people "how to fish".... Or in other words, I love giving people the understanding of music which allows them to be creative in their own musical endeavors. I feel that my job as a teacher is not to turn my students into "musical type writers", with no real understanding of the music they are reading and playing, but rather turn them into "Musical Authors" who are able to not only understand the language of music, but to also CREATE music with their understanding.

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. I have played and been involved in Music for close to 30 years. I have a Bachellors degree in music from California State University Northridge, one of the best music programs in California. I have over 22 years experience working with children, and over 10 years experience working with special needs children. I have studied child psychology, applied behavior, psychology of music, special needs populations, and recording arts. Most importantly, I love teaching music. :)

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