Jay Sharp

Jay S.

New Orleans, LA

Lesson Details



Jay delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 3+ and special needs

Teaching since:
December 1994

Hi, call me Jay. It's a nickname for Jeremi. Welcome to my profile!

When it comes to music, for me, self expression is most important. Music communicates more than words alone. I've studied with the great musical families and famous instructors of New Orleans, my home town. I began as a self taught child 3 years of age. I began formal study at 5. By age 12, I began to perform professionally and by 15 was directing various choirs and ensembles in churches and musical theater companies.

I've enjoyed studying and performing all styles of the U.S. and globe. I've toured the U.S. and abroad with acts from Digable Planets to Heatwave. I am a performer/song writer/recording artist/director/instructor. I love each aspect but am quite fond of teaching. The greatest reward is sharing the magic that music has been in my life.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to laugh and have fun. I always ask if you're well and give whatever exciting update I may have. My students can expect me to meet them where they are musically. We'll rise to the next level together. My teaching style is always customized to the student after a proper introduction. I do encourage excellence and do not accept excuses. Learning can be fun, and as long as my students practice what is given, it will be! I intend to be prepared to instruct to the best of my ability and only require that my students be prepared and ready to be challenged in a fun way.

Sometimes learning fundamentals can seem slow. I ask all students to trust that once the foundation is laid, we can really take off at an exciting pace. With my system, after six months, a beginner is ready for recital. Intermediate students can play a pro gig. Advanced students can hit that level they've longed after.

*** Studio Equipment ***
HOME: lessons in living room, digital piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
Portable digital piano

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz, Blues, Country, Latin, Reggae, R&B, Hip Hop, Rock, Electronic, World, Pop. I tend to prefer super learning methods wherein a student is given a brief crash course then immediate opportunity to apply what was taught and praised heavily for their effort. You'll be surprised what you can already do! Then the material is studied in depth. I like to teach after the student and I have had just a little bit of fun together.

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Music Instructor
Dec 2009 - Present
Take Lessons

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Music Instructor
Oct 2005 - Aug 2011
Southwest Arts Center

I taught students from beginner to advanced. Mostly piano with a handful of voice students. I also worked with a youth musical theater workshop. That was fun!

Choir Director
Jan 2006 - May 2009
Bethel United Methodist

I led and directed the youth and adult choirs as well as the praise team. I often played various instruments as well as led the congregation in song.

Choir Director
Mar 2005 - Aug 2005
People United Methodist

I led the adult choir for some time. We did mostly traditional hymns. What a great group.

Choir Director
May 2003 - Aug 2005
Boys and Girls Club (United Way)

Young people ages 5 to 13 came in everyday for choir. Each selection was meant to be educational so I included a brief history lesson each time. Over the course of the summer we would journey from classical to modern music.

Musical Director
Feb 2002 - Aug 2005
ABC Theater

I was musical director for numerous productions. I also led the ensemble from the orchestra pit and played piano.

Music Instructor
Apr 2003 - Jul 2005
Mid City Workshop

The focus was music overall. We did all kinds of things. Sometimes choir and other times band. We even did Stomp, Step and African Dance. The youth learn an appreciation for a broad array of musical styles and ways to express themselves.

Music Instructor
Jan 2002 - Jan 2004
The Lighthouse (VOA)

This was an all boys program which used baseball to help build structure and character in the young men's lives. I mostly taught music and help choir rehearsal. I often tutored in various other subjects as the boys had need.

Jun 2000 - Sep 2003
Jazz Land (Six Flags New Orleans)

I played jazz piano solo, as an accompanist and with an ensemble. What a fun gig!

Music Appreciation Presenter
May 2002 - Jul 2003
Contemporary Arts Museum

Bus loads of kids came in weekly to enjoy a great museum and get a dose of New Orleans culture in the form of art. My job was to teach about the history of Jazz and create some fun opportunities to invite the kids into for the experience of being a musician for the day.

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Music and Mass Communications
Aug 2000 - Jun 2003
Dillard University
Jazz Piano, Performance, Theory and Composition
Jun 1998 - Jun 2000
Skidmore College of Music
Certificate of Artistry
Sep 1997 - May 2000
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA)
Music, Art and Academics
Sep 1996 - May 2000
McDonogh 35 College Preparatory School
Jazz Improvisation
Jun 1992 - May 2000
Jazz and Heritage School of New Orleans


Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Certificate of Artistry
May 2000
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

This is the highest honor offered by this world famous institution. Under the instruction of world class mentors, I was bestowed this certification for my study of piano, voice, theory, improvisation, composition and performance.


NAACP ACT-SO Competition (1st Place)
Apr 1996

Photos & Videos

This is a cover of a Michael Jackson song written by Floetry that I really like. I hope you enjoy it.
I had fun this night. I was out having sushi with friends. During our after dinner walk, we heard some jazz pouring out of a nearby club. We went in and I was asked to sit in for a few tunes. Swinging with a tummy full of sushi is the best!
Photo by Jay S.

Photo by Jay S.

Photo by Jay S.

Photo by Jay S.

Photo by Jay S.

Photo by Jay S.

Hanging out by the river.
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5 Reviews

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Byanca J. Jun 13, 2014
Piano · Online

I was very skeptical about taking piano lessons online but I am so glad that I did. Taking piano lessons online with Jay almost feels as if you are in the same room with your teacher. Jay is an excellent teacher. He is very patient and he makes it easy for you to understand the lesson. He pays very close attention to details. I would highly recommend Jay to anybody.

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Michele B. May 9, 2013
Piano ·

Great motivator

Jeremi has been working with our daughter for a few months, and he has done a great job to keep her engaged. He gives her managable assignments and little steps she can take to improve. Jeremi also motivates by focusing on material that interests her and sharing his own successes. Our daughter enjoys her lessons and is always excited afterwards.

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JoelS Apr 3, 2011

Student's Father

Jeremi was an excellent teacher. He was positive, patient, and supportive. He worked with our daughter for several months to prepare our ambitious budding actress for her first singing role. Her growth was amazing. He even attended her opening night.Thanks for everything!!

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JonathonR Feb 23, 2011

I'm starting to become comfortable with my voice and attempting to sing above a whisper

JacquelineH Jul 20, 2010


Jeremi is a perceptive teacher, able to see where and how improvement is needed and give me an approach to that practice need. He does it in a short period of time.

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