Isle of Wight rapper, singer/songwriter and finalist of Channel 4’s The Piano, Jay Eatwell, is offering aspiring musicians the chance to learn an instrument.

Jay, a Platform One alumni, participated in the Claudia Winkelman-presented TV show last year and competed against other pianists from around the UK.

The Islander, who has been playing the keyboard and mandolin alongside his dad in pubs since he was little, told the hit show that he writes a song every day.

Since his Channel 4 appearance in March 2023, Jay has gone on to perform at the IW Festival, has supported American singer BC Camplight at Ventnor Fringe and has released new music, including his most recent single Heart That’s Cold.

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But now, the music star aims to become a teacher as he seeks to share his passion with new up-and-coming musicians.

Interestingly, Jay says he has never been able to read music but always had a good ear for it, playing with feeling instead of reading.

"Most of the time, everything is improvised, unless I'm doing someone else’s song," Jay said.

In the lessons, he will be teaching his students everything he knows, including a wide range of styles and genres, right down to the basics, from notes to scales, different chords and more.

Jay told the County Press: “I want to start giving lessons to encourage people to take up a musical instrument and share the knowledge I have with people, as music has helped me massively, and I want to share that passion.

 “Music has always given me an escape and something to turn to when times get hard, and I believe anyone can do it if you put the time into it and your mind. Practice makes perfect.

“I will be giving anyone lessons, so all ages and skill sets are welcome.”

Lessons can either take place at Jay’s home, on his Steinway piano, or at the student’s home, making it convenient for learners.

Anyone interested can email Jay at or contact him via Instagram or Facebook to start their musical journey.