Jay teaches in a 6-prong approach: technique, reading, jazz, rock, Latin, and musicianship.

Jay teaches six days a week at BYU and Snow College. Additionally, he teaches at two private locations: at “Salt City Drums” and his home in Lehi.

His students have included top professionals such as:

  • Joe Arrington – A Lot Like Birds
  • Jaydon Bean – Red Light King, Gretch endorser
  • Mike Montoya – Disneyworld
  • Chris Petty – No Limits
  • Andrew Fockel – UNT North Texas One o’clock Band, Kyle Eastwood
  • Albe Bonacci – PIT Instructor Hollywood, Modern Drummer magazine contributor
  • Doctor Darren Bastian –  B.Y.U. Professor
  • Elaine Bradley – Neon Trees
  • “Blacky” Kuroda – Japanese Band Leader
  • Mike Henry – U. S. Air Force Band
  • Rone Sparrow – West Point Band
  • Jay Tibbitts -Indiana U. Grad Teaching assistant, Groove Merchants
  • Andrew Tolman – Founding member, Imagine Dragons, The Moth and the Flame
  • Matt Millington – The Strike
  • Jordan Rose – NYC Freelancer
  • Steve Lyman – SLC Freelancer, U Of Utah adjunct faculty
  • Heath Wolf – Utah P.A.S. chapter President
  • Andrew Wangemann – BMI Foundation C.Booker scholarship winner/Masters Juilliard
  • Kevin Meyer – US Naval Academy Band
  • Parker Swenson – Pro Freelancer
  • Mike Huestis – Vic Firth Clinician, author, composer
  • Aaron Anderson – Fictionist
  • Nearly every “Crescent Superband” and “Synthesis” drummer for 3 decades
  • And so many more!


Payment Policies

Payments for lessons are a pro-rated tuition of $40.00 per weekly half hour lesson, payable whether or not you can attend. If I miss a lesson, your credit will be forwarded to the following month. Payments are due at the first lesson of each month even if you do have credits. Just subtract your credit from the month’s payment. A late fee of $12.00 will be added for each week the tuition is late. You may mail your tuition to the address below if you are unable to pay in person. Please make the checks payable to LIJA Music. I also accept Venmo at @Jay-Lawrence-4. At the commencement of each month we email the schedule for that month and an invoice. I regret that there are no make up time slots available. You may however trade lesson times with other students. Call me for phone numbers of time slots you want to trade into.

Lesson Procedures

Always bring your notebook to each lesson. The minimum daily practice required is whatever is necessary to accomplish your assignment! Please come into the drum room when it is your turn- I don’t always check my watch. Now that we have the heavy stuff out of the way-let’s have fun!


711 Hidden Manor Circle
Lehi, UT 84043
(801) 808-7184