Hi, I’m Julay! I’ve been playing music my whole life, and teaching for about 20 years. I studied classical piano performance and musical analysis in college, followed by a full immersion in traditional music genres like bluegrass, old-time, Cajun, and rebetika, and branching off into songwriting and indie pop/folk. Lately I’ve come full circle and returned to classical piano; my current musical project is Bach’s Goldberg Variations (I’ve made it to variation 14 so far).
As a teacher, I know how to meet students where they are, teach to their learning style, and help them become the musicians they want to be. I currently offer lessons in piano and guitar, beginning to intermediate mandolin, clawhammer banjo, and ukulele, harmony singing, and music theory.
My nonmusical interests include baking, math, computer science, and literature. I used to have a radio show, called weird brunch soundtrack; here’s the archive if you’d like to listen. I am a queer trans nonbinary person and my pronouns are they/them.