aka Teacher Monica
OWNER, CURRICULUM DEVELOPER AND MUSIC INSTRUCTOR
Vancouver musician, mother, curious musicologist and advocate of flavour, Monica Lee is bursting with life. Owner of the Vancouver branch of Jump Into Music, Monica has been sharing her talents with hundreds of families for years.
Aptly named by her students, ‘Teacher Monica’s philosophy is grounded in the “play” of playing music and uses this as a starting point for all learning and exploring. Digging into the story behind the song, what makes genres unique and the cultural significance of traditions, Teacher Monica is offering Musicology for Families. Pre-covid she was teaching 180 families a week out of 5 local Vancouver community centres. Since the Lockdown she has been reaching up to 149K people through her Facebook LIVE Get Togethers.
Monica’s musical journey has taken her from the Viola section in orchestra, to a diploma in Contemporary Voice from Vancouver Community College, to singing Jazz with a Big Band, touring with Hip Hop artists and poets, and writing and performing her original songs for both adult and kid audiences. As a roots artist, she recently released the first single – Only One, off her forthcoming record “Farewell”. The late John Mann of Spirit of the West once compared Monica Lee to Joni Mitchell and it’s easy to agree after hearing her ability to balance confessional subject matter with vivid observations of everyday life. Farewell is a statement both beautiful and soul stirring, a testament to following one’s muse, as well as Lee’s undeniable, natural talent.
Whether ‘Teacher Monica’ or Monica Lee, her passion for music is palpable. Monica has limitless enthusiasm for sharing her joy of “Do re mi”, helping bring music into the daily lives of the children and families she works with. With all this joy…she is currently in pre-production for her first Kids album while maintaining quarantine over the coming months.
**all in-person classes are currently suspended due to covid 19
This one-of-a-kind music and movement program engages, educates, and entertains parent and child while on a musical journey through different styles and cultures. Curriculum is designed to stimulate the whole brain and body via singing, dancing, drumming, parachuting, improvising, exploring instruments, jumping and playing. A family fun environment exploring
culture and world music. Try a free class anytime, 25% sibling discount, drop-ins welcome $15.