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Teaches Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory, Piano, Percussion

Interested in taking lessons with KENNY RAY

Teaches at:

UNC Greeley, Portland State University

Musical Interests

20th Century Orchestra, Modern Jazz, New Rock, Bluegrass

Current Band(s)/Gig(s)

New Horizons Gold Band

Specialties / Genres Taught

Jazz Theory, Blues, Country, Rock, Metal

Areas of Instruction

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory, Piano, Percussion

Levels Taught


Favorite Instruments

Guitar, Bass, Piano

Performance Experience



Kenny Ray was "Born on the bayou", But grew up in Colorado. He received his B.A. in Music from the University of Northern Colorado, and his M.S.T in Music from Portland State University (OR). For twenty-five years, he worked almost exclusively in the music industry. When you don't wait tables, or climbs ladders, you'd better say yes to Choir, Opera, Children/Youth programs, Blues, Country, Folk, Bluegrass, Jazz, Classic Rock, Mariachi, Barbershop, or  a Swiss Yodeling group. His musical performance opportunities have led him through 11 states, and 8 countries. As  Music Educator, Kenny has worn an number of hats. He has been a Director, Assistant, and Substitute in dozens of schools, community, and church programs, including teaching at the University level. Since 2006, Kenny has mostly with Kindergarten through 5th graders, teaching music full time in public schools.
A list of favorite musical accomplishments would include:
  •     Writing theme tracks for an independent filmmaker
  •     Recording dozens of original works
  •     Winning Portland Songwriter's Association Pop Song of the Year (With co-Writer Jonathan Swanson)
  •     Performing in the church Mozart grew up in
  •     Playing in a band that opened for the legendary country group Alabama
  •     Turning numerous first grade phonics books into songs and raps to help students improve reading fluency
    It is my hope that students in my classes actually experience music through singing, movement, technology, innovative teaching strategies, in a "hands on" learning environment. It is not uncommon for me to have a guitar student singing, moving, playing the piano, or playing along with drums to make a connection.
    One of my mottos is "Set the bar high, but acknowledge students' efforts". A student will get more enjoyment out of their investment in private instruction if they grow and improve. It is important as well that the teacher finds ways to keep the students' interest by balancing challenging activities with fun/easy goals, and affirmations.
    Finally, it is helpful that a teacher knows how to deal with frustration, perceived failure, or problems with practice ethic. These are things that can inhibit a student's maximum potential. Students, parents, and guardians can always contact me to work on solutions to these kinds of problems.
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