Music: Count Us In was thrilled to have Jay Laga’aia as the MCUI Mentor for 2016. Jay Laga’aia is a familiar face to many around Australia. He is particularly loved by some of Australia’s youngest people and their parents thanks to his work on PLAY SCHOOL and as the host of JAY’S JUNGLE. Jay is deeply passionate about music for young people and music in schools. He is an award winning writer, producer and singer having been awarded the 2007 Sydney Critics Award for the best Children’s Stage Show with JAY’S PLACE and has received 4 Australian Aria nominations for his past children’s albums. Jay is an experienced performer of stage and screen and understands the power of music – especially as a tool for learning and educating young people. On being the 2016 MCUI Mentor, Jay says:
The great thing about music is that you don’t have to speak the same language to understand the intention of the piece. Our young are great at expressing their feelings and it is my job as MCUI Mentor to encourage them to paint their word pictures and inspire others to do the same.