Monica Jones has always had a passion for music. She started studying piano as a child and then moved onto clarinet and saxophone in junior high school. Her studies with Janice Finlay and Brian Zimmerman during her high school years gave her a solid foundation in saxophone playing and jazz improvisation. During that time she was accepted to participate in Manitoba’s Provincial Honour Jazz Band and won the Young Women of Note award in 2003. She then went on to further her studies in jazz saxophone at Brandon University where she studied with Greg Gatien, Director of Jazz Studies and Saxophone Professor. She advanced her performing abilities while playing in the Brandon University Big Band and in numerous small jazz ensembles as well as gained more knowledge in the fields of jazz improvisation, music theory, ear training, and composition.
What is your education and experience?
Bachelor of Music from Brandon University.
What makes your lessons different from the rest?
I like to incorporate as much about music as I can in each lesson, not only learning to play the saxophone but also reading music, learning music by ear, how music theory applies and incorporating many different styles of music including improvisation.
What do you love about teaching?
I love sharing the joy of music with others!
Tell us about one of your fondest music memories:
Taking the bus during a snow storm because our car was stuck in the snow and I refused to miss my music lesson!
What would you say to someone who is thinking about taking music lessons?
Just do it! If you’re interested in learning music you won’t regret signing up for lessons and beginning your musical journey.