I took drum lessons with Jay for many years. He taught me as I was discovering rock, punk, and metal music, and really instilled in me the ability to listen to a drum track and figure out how to play it. He is a fantastic teacher, and I have to credit him with imbuing me the many skills I've acquired as a drummer. His lesson plan would span many different styles of playing, from rudiments to multi-person African beats (aimed at making your 4 limbs completely independent from one another; it was truly awesome) to very complex syncopation and layering of odd time signatures. We would often deviate from the lesson plan, too, if I found a song I wanted to learn how to play, which made it all the more welcoming. He truly cared about my experience as a student and fit his plan around my interests.
I remember all of my lessons with him were always worthwhile, in that he always had something new for us to work on, and I never felt bored by the material. Jay was keen to stay on top of a piece of music if I was struggling with it, walking me through where I was slipping up, and figuring out an exercise to get whatever lesson we were working on to click with me. And it went beyond just learning how to keep a beat, knowing the different between "pp" and "ff", etc. For recitals we would work out these multi-drummer pieces that required a lot of listening and filling of space. It's hard to put into words, because a lot of it really relies on feeling, groove, etc., and now everything comes very natural to me, and I truly feel like I owe that to Jay.
Anyway, if you've made it to the end of this review, there should be no question: take lessons with this man!