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

Jay teaches six days a week between BYU and his home in Lehi.

His students have included top professionals such as:

  • Joe Arrington – A Lot Like Birds
  • Jaydon Bean – Gretch endorser, Red Light King, L.A. session pro
  • Mike Montoya – Disneyworld
  • Chris Petty – Professional freelancer
  • 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 and virtuoso
  • Mike Henry – U. S. Air Force Band
  • Rone Sparrow – West Point Band
  • Jay Tibbitts -Indiana U. Grad Teaching assistant, LA Pro
  • Andrew Tolman – Founding member-Imagine Dragons, The Moth and the Flame
  • Jordan Rose – NYC Freelancer
  • Steve Lyman – YouTube and Drumeo Artist
  • Heath Wolf – Utah P.A.S. chapter President
  • Andrew Wangemann – BMI Foundation C.Booker scholarship winner/Masters Juilliard
  • Kevin Meyer – US Naval Academy Band, BYU Idaho
  • Parker Swenson – Pro Freelancer
  • Mike Huestis – Vic Firth Clinician,
  • Aaron Anderson – Fictionist
  • Nearly every “Crescent Soundhouse Superband” and “Synthesis” drummer for 3 decades
  • And so many more!


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 before the 10th 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 and  invoice for the upcoming month . I regret that there are no make-up lessons times available. You may however trade lesson times with other students. Call me for phone numbers of time slots you want to trade into. A 10 day notice is required if lessons are being discontinued.

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  watch the time.

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