Jay Jay Whaley
Jay Jay Whaley

Jay Jay Whaley

starting price

Responds within a day

Introduction: I have been a piano teacher in the greater Sacramento area for the past 20 years, teaching students in Sacramento, Davis, Carmichael, Elk Grove, Natomas. I have my BA in Music from UC Davis, specializing in music composition. I am active in the Music Teachers Association of California, serving as Branch President, Recording Secretary and Music From Home Community Service chairperson for the Yolo County Branch. I am also a member of the American College of Musicians, through which I have had students participate in the National Piano Guild Auditions. I teach my students music of all genres, from the classics like Beethoven and Mozart to pop and jazz and even musical theater. In addition, I value instilling a strong musical foundation of sight reading and rhythm and theory while also creating a fun learning experience for my students so that they learn the skills they need to tackle any music they desire.

Hired 4 times

Serves Sacramento, CA

Background checked

1 employee

19 years in business

Payment methods

This pro accepts payments via Apple Pay, Cash, Check, Credit card, PayPal, Venmo, and Zelle.

Featured Projects

4 photos

Musical style

, ,


Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, work quality, and value.

Exceptional 5.0

6 reviews


Read reviews that mention:

pro avatar
Susie P.
Aug 10, 2022

Hired on Thumbtack

Hired on Thumbtack

Jay Jay gave my two grandchildren, ages 6 & 8, and their mother, my daughter, piano lessons while they were here during an extended stay. They all loved him! He was so responsive to all of their levels and very calmly guided them through each lesson, teaching all the while. They all improved while they were here and really did not want to return to their regular teacher at home in London! I highly recommend Jay Jay!!

Details: 6 - 9 years old • Yes, the student can read music • 0 - 2 yrs of formal training • What the teacher recommends • Yes, the student has a piano • 30 minutes • My home, venue, etc.

Piano Lessons
pro avatar
Rachelle E.
Aug 27, 2022
I was Jay Jay’s student from maybe 3rd grade all the way to my senior year of high school. Through my lessons, he was always a kind and considerate teacher who both supported and kept me accountable for my own progress. He was patient with my progress when I wouldn’t practice, and always found new ways to excite me about music. If I could take lessons from Jay Jay again, I absolutely would!
pro avatar
Rajiv M.
Apr 17, 2022
JJ Whaley is a true professional and an esteemed teacher, fond of teaching piano to the students. We are blessed to have JJ as a teacher to both of our boys. My boys enjoyed learning piano and respect JJ as one of the best teacher they have in their lives. We wish JJ all the best for his future endeavors.
pro avatar
Gerrie C.
Apr 7, 2022
Jay Jay is a great piano teacher, a mentor, a coach even a counselor. He is patient, understanding, accommodating, works well with any age group. He taught my oldest son for over 11 years until he graduated from High school. He taught my youngest son for 3 years until he switched to concentrate on playing the violin. My boys learned a lot from Jay Jay. He encouraged them to enjoy piano while learning it. He always gives them tips/advices before each recital and to be a better player each time. He taught piano theories, made it fun for his students. He encouraged them to join different recitals, events to showcase their talent. He makes sure he has a good rapport and open communication with both his students and their parents. We were grateful to have Jay Jay as my boys awesome piano teacher!
pro avatar
Shalini M.
Apr 16, 2022
He taught my both boys music many years and they loved learning music from him. He is a very good music teacher and he teaches with great passion.
Background Check

Jay Jay Whaley


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Tuition is a flat rate paid monthly based on 4 lessons per month and on the length of the weekly lesson. I offer 30, 45, and 60 minute lessons.30 minute lessons are perfect for younger/beginner students. 45 minute lessons are useful for more intermediate level students and older beginners and adult students. 60 minute lessons are great for advance level students who perhaps participate in competitions or auditions.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I hold a BA in Music Composition from UC Davis. I am currently finishing my 2nd term as the Yolo County Branch President of the Music Teacher Association of California (MTAC). I also serve as an adjudicator for the Certificate Merit program sponsored through MTAC. I also participate in National Piano Guild Auditions sponsored through the American College of Musicians.

  • What types of customers have you worked with?

    I work with students of all ages and levels, from early elementary school beginners to adults. I also have some experience with working with students with special needs who register on the Autism/Asperger's Spectrum.

  • Loading