JBS Music

Moorpark, CA

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What do you enjoy about the work you do?

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.


Moorpark, CA 93021

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17 Reviews
  • Subash R. Feb 19, 2016
    Jay is a very knowledgeable and patient teacher. He has been great with my son and suggests creative ways to motivate him. I highly recommend him
  • Daniel A. Jan 5, 2016
    Drum Lessons (for children or teenagers)
    Verified Review
    Jay provides lessons for both my 8yr old (drums) and 10 yr old (piano) and we could not be happier. He has a very engaging style and it is very effective for my kids. He is professional and I highly recommend him.
  • Diane M. Jan 5, 2016
    I recently started drum lessons with Jay, and he is an exceptional teacher and a very talented musician. He provides a comfortable environment with the ability to explain and demonstrate musical concepts that are easy to understand. He takes the time to send videos of what we practiced for reference if needed, and is available if I have any questions. He is patient, dedicated and inspiring, and I'm having a great time! I would highly recommend Jay. Great experience, very impressed!
  • Cynthia G. Nov 8, 2015
    Drum Lessons (for children or teenagers)
    Verified Review
    We've only tried him once and he seems like a genuinely nice and sincere professional. Unfortunately my daughter has lost interest with getting lessons otherwise we would've continued using his services.
  • David S. Aug 2, 2015
    Drum Lessons
    Verified Review
    My husband and I are taking drum lessons with Jay. We find Jay to be a dedicated and caring teacher. He goes the extra mile for his students and makes learning fun! My husband and I highly recommend him as he's a skillful and talented teacher.
  • Lisa R. May 8, 2015
    Jay is teaching my 8 yo daughter how to play the drums. He is so patient with her, is great at keeping her engaged and making it an overall fun and positive experience.
  • Julie W. Apr 30, 2015
    Piano Lessons
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  • Suzan M. Feb 23, 2015
    Piano Lessons
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    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.
  • Glenn C. Feb 23, 2015
    Drum Lessons
    Verified Review
    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.
  • Heather M. Jan 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.
  • Maha B. Jan 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.
  • Toryn A. May 25, 2013
    Piano Lessons
    Verified Review
    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!
  • Rickie M. Apr 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.
  • Kelly L. Apr 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!
  • Landel S. Apr 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.
  • Debra C. Apr 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!!!
  • Ann Y. Oct 18, 2012


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I charge $50 an hour or $30 a half hour for lessons in my studio in Moorpark. I charge $60 an hour or $45 per 45 minutes if I travel to you.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
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. :)
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have been involved in music most of my life and began studying education in 2001. After completing my music degree in 2011 I formed JBS music and have had good success.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Teaching Piano, Drum set, Percussion, and Music theory to typical and special needs children and adults. I am usually requested to travel to my students homes.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I am currently working on a duet version of Pink Floyd's "Fearless" from the Meddle Album. My partner sings and plays guitar and I will be playing ukulele and singing harmony.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
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.