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Jay & Ray Rock!

 

Born to Play!

Jay and Ray were born to play.  Their passion for music comes from found childhood memories and families that encouraged and inspired musical learning.  Ray first word was guitar (says mom!) and Jay’s mother, who was a music teacher (K-6) and single parent, encouraged him and was passionate about promoting music since he was a little boy.
 
These roots have motivated Jay and Ray to create ‘Music for Everybody.’  The vision of their teachings is to ‘make learning music about joy’.  Whether a class, party or school event, Jay and Ray’s performances are energetic, silly and fun, rooted in play based learning.  It is an exploration of rhythm, melody and movement.
 
Both Jay and Ray are professional musicians and dads.  They have individually been playing since high school, with a pedigree of touring the U.S., playing gigs all around the world, and advanced degrees in childhood education centered around music.  Their inspiration for the program came from teaching and playing music with their own children and wanting to create something that was fun for the parents as well.

Jay Ray
Jay Ray
Jay began playing professionally in high school and has never stopped. Jay has toured around the world and across the nation many times over sharing the stage and/or opening for artists such as as Norah Jones, Muse, The National, Hootie and The Blowfish, Pete Francis (Dispatch), The Editors, Elbow, Chris Brown, Dionne Warwick, The Four Freshman. He has been a featured guest on MTV2’s Subterranean, MTV's TRL Australia been seen or heard on MTV, BET, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, MSNBC, Spin Magazine, Rolling Stone, In Touch. He was/is a member of the band The Cloud Room which has had music in a worldwide Pespi campaign as well as a Pringles campaign. Their songs were also featured in many TV shows and movies. The Cloud Room had a Rolling Stone Magazine top 10 single of the year. Jay has a bachelor’s degree in music from the prestigious University of North Texas, teaches privately and continues to perform all over the tri-state area. Jason is the proud father of two boys age 2 and 5. Ray started studying music formally at age 7, but informally with mom and grandma right out of the nursery. “We were always required to dance with our mom at every family function… as children we were always playing musical games, singing, clapping, dancing, and enjoying music”. Ray created a children’s show “The Benny and Lenny Show,” an educational series that tells stories through singing and music, and the “Downtown Music Project” for University of Bridgeport for which he won the University’s Dean’s Award in Arts and Science in 2011. Ray is completing his Master’s degree in music education concentrating on early childhood music at the University of Bridgeport, and is also a graduate teaching assistant. Ray teaches guitar, ukulele, bass, and cello, and is the proud father of 3 children.

 

 

Compliments, concerns, questions, contact Jay and Ray at 203-614-9707, email mfafairfield@gmail.com or complete the form below.