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Elementary School – Music Connection

Elementary School


Music Connection’s Elementary School program is entertainment at its best!

Music Connection strives to provide a positive influence on children with student involvement, “appropriate” clean music, dancing and a lot of fun!

Music Connection’s Elementary School formula for success:

  • Disc Jockey Involvement – We demonstrate dances and encourage the students to join in and have fun. We observe how the kids are responding to the music and keep things moving along.
  • Audience Participation — Students are invited to participate in the Whip/Nae Nae, Cupid Shuffle, Cha Cha Slide, Macarena, Chicken Dance, Hokey Pokey, Twist and Shout, Follow The Leader/Conga Train, Stayin’ Alive, YMCA, plus many more.
  • Contests for All — Students enjoy participating in contests! We provide Hula-hoop, Limbo, Twist, Dance, and Trivia contests to name a few.
  • Prize Giveaways — Music Connection sponsors prize giveaways at every event. The kids love to win prizes for their participation.
  • Best Variety of Music — We carefully select music for the appropriate age groups. We play “clean” music that children know and love to hear. We mix in the latest hits as well as play music for theme events such as Sock Hops, Beach Parties, Hawaiian Luau’s, Halloween events and music from all eras.

Types of Elementary School Events we enjoy providing entertainment at:

  • Beach Party Events
  • Farewell Events
  • Halloween Events
  • Just Say No Events
  • Perfect Attendance Events
  • D.A.R.E. Events
  • Father Daughter Events
  • Hawaiian Luaus
  • K-5 Socials
  • Picnics
  • End of Year Events
  • Fun Days
  • Holiday Events
  • Mother Son Events
  • Sock Hops
  • Family Fun Nights
  • Fund Raiser Reward Events
  • Ice Cream Socials
  • PTA Events
  • Valentine Events

Here is what some PTA members and school principals have to say about Music Connection:

“Music Connection has been my go-to DJ service for all our Activity Nights, PTA Ice Cream Socials, and end of the year celebrations for the past 3 years. For every single event, they have been wonderful. Their music selection, games, and interactions with the kids are perfectly tailored for our 5th and 6th graders. I would recommend them to any school for any event.”

 Andrew J. Peltz, Principal, Troy Intermediate, Avon Lake

“Throughout the past twelve years, I have had opportunities to work directly with Jim Rio and Music Connection at both the elementary and middle school levels within the North Royalton School District.  We have utilized Music Connection for PTA activities, school socials and reward events.  Jim has demonstrated nothing but professionalism, organization, friendliness and punctuality. The music and activities he implements into our events have always been enjoyable, tasteful, engaging and most importantly age/grade level appropriate for students.  It is without reservation that I recommend Jim and Music Connection for your upcoming school events or activities.”

Jeff Hill, Principal, Valley Vista Elementary School, North Royalton School District

“We have used Music Connection for our PTA Family Events for the last 14 years. The children, parents, and faculty love seeing DJ Jim. He not only brings age-appropriate music, but he also provides fun and engaging activities. Our events would not be as fun or well-attended without all the “extra” that DJ Jim brings. My children can still name the winners from hula hoop contests several years ago! Music Connection has been very flexible and accommodating when weather has forced us to make changes to our events. We have never had anything but the best possible experience every time we’ve had Music Connection at an event. I highly recommend DJ Jim and Music Connection.”

Janine Zayed, PTA President, Rowland Elementary, South Euclid

“We have used Jim Rio/Music Connection at Julie Billiart School for the past 10 years.   Jim has always been pleasant, punctual, and relates well with our kids.  The kids look forward to his arrival every year!  We have an annual Christmas dance for kindergarten through grade 8.  We are a school for students with special learning needs.  Jim always plays a mix of old music and new, has contests for the kids, and always manages to teach them a new dance move or two.  I would highly recommend Jim Rio and the Music Connection staff.”

Cheryl Zenobi, Physical Education Instructor, Julie Billiart School Lyndhurst, Ohio     

“We have used Jim Rio Music Connection DJ services for our annual fifth grade, end-of-year dance for more than 5 years. The students really enjoy the event and Jim’s willingness to guide them through dances and other challenges. The kids get up and dance because of the fun atmosphere. They like winning prizes and participating in the dance. If you’re looking for a DJ for your event, consider Jim Rio. He works well with staff and students.”

Charmaine Lupinacci, Crestwood Elementary 5th Grade Teacher

“We have been using Jim Rio and his Music Connection DJ Services since 2011.  Jim’s personality and enthusiasm are second to none.  He engages the students through various dance contests, and offers prizes throughout the program.  He is able to draw-in even the most timid in the group.  The music choices are age appropriate and fun for students.  There is no better judge of a successful event, than the smiles on the children’s faces.  Music Connection has proven successful for our school!  We highly recommend Jim Rio and his Music Connection DJ Services.”

Christa Cook, John Muir Elementary PTA, Parma

“We at Robinson G. Jones, a CMSD elementary school on the West Side, are thrilled to have a professional partnership with Jim Rio of Music Connection. Prior to May 2015, we had been using a DJ who only spun the music and never stepped off the state to engage our student body.  Not only does Jim Rio know the modern songs of the day, but he engages w/our students including physical body movement and dancing with our students, popular line dances, trivia, prizes as well as motivational interaction in reference to attendance and social, emotional development.  Jim Rio is over the top professional and respectful of both our staff and students.  I would recommend Jim Rio and Music Connection anytime, any day.”

Mary J. Cotner, Site Consultant, Robinson G. Jones, Cleveland Municipal School District

“Jim Rio is more than just a DJ for our PTA events. He gets the kids moving and dancing, all while interacting with the kids and playing music that everyone enjoys. We use Jim for all of our events because we know it will always be a hit!”

Clare Taft, President Roxboro Elementary School PTA, Cleveland Hts.

“Jim Rio and Music Connection have been providing excellent DJ music and FUN! at our PTA Family Dances since 2002.  We never look to book anyone else…Jim has the kids (and Parents!) dancing all night long and mixes in some fun games and contests, and even includes give-aways for the kids!  I’ve always received fabulous feedback from parents and kids….he doesn’t just play the music…he gets everyone involved and coordinates the fun!  Makes for an easy event on all of us!”  

Joanna Gioia, Family Fun Chair at Pine PTA, North Olmsted Schools

“Jim Rio and the staff at Music Connection are wonderful!  We have been using Music Connection for the last 9 years for our Father/Daughter dance and for our Mother/Son Jam.  Jim and the other DJ’s are always great with the kids that range from kindergarten to 8th grade.  They get all the guests involved in the dances and contests and show them some new moves.  Music Connection is a huge part of making all of our events a huge success and keeping everyone coming back the following years.  Our most recent Father/Daughter Dance “was the best one yet” thanks to Music Connection.  We highly recommend them for all of your DJ needs.  Jim is wonderful to work with before, during and after the event and is very accommodating.”

Michelle Covell – St. Joseph Avon Lake, Chair for the Father/Daughter Dance.

“I would like to write a letter of recommendation for Music Connection.   We have had the pleasure of their DJ services for three years now at each of our school and community events and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have them each and every time.  The attention to detail in their presentation, the quality of the product they deliver and the level of student engagement they portray is beyond exemplary.  The Music Connection team works well with our schools PTU members.  They always create a positive, fun environment for our students and they really make every event feel special and unique.  I am truly impressed with any service we ask of them, it is always done with a smile and great enthusiasm, and always with the wellbeing of our Catholic student body in mind.”

Brandi Villanueva, PTU Hospitality Manager, St. Peters School, North Ridgeville