Instructors

Peter Jay

Peter Jay

Strings Instructor

Peter Jay graduated from Berklee College of Music, with a Bachelor of Music in Violin and Viola Performance. Although classically trained from the age of 6, Peter Jay spent his time at Berklee College learning various types of Folk music and Contemporary Classical music. He has studied under Dr. David Wallace, Maeve Gilchrist, and world-renowned Old-Time Fiddler, Bruce Molsky. Peter Jay continued his education at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, in Glasgow, where he earned a Master's Degree in Traditional Scottish Music. He was fortunate enough to study with Marie Fielding and Alistair McCulloch. Peter Jay has played at Boston Symphony Hall in Berklee's Contemporary Symphony Orchestra, as a member of Chinese Pop icon Leehom Wang's Orchestra, and under the baton of Arnie Roth for Final Fantasy: Distant Worlds. Peter Jay has also run a Handbell Choir and Vocal Choir, as well as taught violin, viola, and cello to High School students in Arizona. As an educator, Peter Jay believes that folk music is a threshold to a whole new generation of string playing and string players. His methods of instruction incorporate both classical string techniques and techniques that are prominent in folk music.His philosophy of blending the styles is rooted in the belief that as strings become more prominent in pop music, string players will need a different set of techniques to keep them relevant. His intense passion for the art of fiddle playing is duly matched by his love of teaching.