Pat first started playing guitar at the age of 12. At the time he mostly taught himself by playing along with his favourite records. At the age of 15, he discovered the world of Jazz and soon realized he lacked the skills to be able to fully function in this music art form. In 1981 Pat started his jazz guitar studies with professional guitarist Mark Cally.
After completing "A Modern Method Guitar" series of books Mark recommended Pat to continue his studies with Melbourne jazz guitar icon Bruce Clarke at the Bruce Clarke Guitar Workshop. Pat studied with Bruce for a year before having to move out of Melbourne for work.
During the 1990s Pat travelled to New York City on numerous occasions in order to continue his studies and experience the NYC jazz scene first hand. During these visits Pat managed to study guitar with contemporary guitarist / educator Bruce Arnold amongst others.
In 1996, Pat attended a jazz guitar master class workshop with guitar great, John Scofield. A highlight for Pat was that he managed to sit in with John Scofield’s trio during the final performances. A week later Pat also attended two other master class workshops with world-renowned jazz guitar icons Jim Hall and Pat Martino.
From 2002 – 2008 Pat worked in the Cruise Ship industry internationally. He successfully completed contracts as a professional guitarist for Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Cunard Cruise lines. During these contracts Pat perform nightly, functioning either within the on-board Show-band or playing solo guitar at the Atrium stage mid ship.
Pat also holds a Master Certificate in Songwriting and a Professional Certificate in General Music Studies through the Berklee College of Music - Online School.
Through his experience as a professional guitarist and educator, Pat was able to gain recognition as a Registered Guitar Tutor at London College of Music - RGT@LCM. This means he is able to guide guitar students through the RGT@LCM system of Performance Diplomas. Click: RGT@LCM Exams to find out more.
When learning guitar with Pat you can expect to follow a guitar method, which has been proven to deliver results. Past students have been kept motivated and challenged, as they progress through the study material. Pat believes: "as musicians, we work in the entertainment industry, so I always make it clear to young students that music is firstly about having fun. The more you learn, the more fun you’ll have".
Pat has studied singing with Glenda Walsh, and Ken Tamplin.
Glenda Walsh is a very experienced singer and educator. She was recommended by Australian pop idol - Kate Ceberano to work as a Vocal Coach on the Australian TV show The X Factor.
Also Pat has studied piano with Los Angeles based Pianist / Educator Mark Harrison.
Mark has a wealth of experience as a composer and educator. He has authored a number of piano method books and has taught at the renowned Grove School of Music.
Pat is now also available to take on students in piano and singing in contemporary styles of music.
Nowadays, Melbourne based guitar teacher Pat Lajoie is busy composing and producing his original music as well as producing for other clients. He has been very successful getting his original music placed in music libraries in the USA.