Northern Arizona University
Daryl Shay, pianist, began piano lessons at age seven in Tempe, AZ. At age ten, he began playing the trumpet, which would lead to an eventual eight years in marching band. By age fourteen, his guitar skills progressed at Coronado High School where he received the Louis Armstrong Award while playing in the marching, symphonic, and jazz bands on piano and trumpet. Daryl played in the Arizona State University Honor Band in 1989 and began his higher education in Flagstaff in 1990 with an eye toward a bachelor's degree in trumpet. During his time at NAU, he pursued piano vigorously and was offered an assistantship and scholarship for a master's program at NAU. Daryl graduated from NAU in 1997 with a master's in music and spent time freelance accompanying and traveling in Europe. Daryl has attended Scottsdale Community College Summer Camp, Bud Shank Jazz Workshop, Hot Springs Summer Music Camp, Galena Summer Music Festival, and the AP Music Theory Summer Institute. He has played in hundreds of studio recitals and performances at NAU including concerts on harpsichord and as a jazz musician at Little America Hotel where he has played for sixteen years.
Daryl Shay enjoys teaching and accompanying students. He teaches classical, jazz, rock, metal, pop, film, musicals, new age, country, renaissance, world, and 20th century music genres. Daryl began taking piano lessons through the NAU Preparatory School (now Community Music and Dance Academy) in 1995 and performed, taught, and attended the Curry Summer Music Camp at NAU. From 1999-2002, he served as the general music teacher and band director at Thomas and Killip Elementary Schools in Flagstaff, AZ. In 2002-2003, he taught at Mountain Elementary Middle School. That same year, he began teaching piano, jazz band, guitar, and music theory at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy.