Orith and Monica met at Vancouver Community College while completing the Contemporary Music Diploma Program in 2000. They became fast friends studying and practicing their instruments together and their lives have intertwined ever since. Both training as musicians and gigging weekly with their respective bands (The Grand Trine Trio and The Monica Lee Band) at The Libra Room for over a decade. After starting their individual music companies (Jump Into Music and Monica Lee Music) and becoming mothers, they began a partnership with Jump Into Music, their now shared business.
Monica and Orith share an unwavering passion for music education. They aspire to inspire children to come alive through music and movement. Here’s to many more years of great friendship!
Orith started Jump into Music in 2012, creating the original curriculum and teaching it in the Lower Mainland. She has since expanded the company to the Cowichan Valley, spreading the joy of music to the island. For Orith, music instruction begins with creating a safe place to be silly and at ease.
As well as teaching Jump Into Music, Orith loves teaching privately to students of all ages and delights in witnessing their growing confidence. She offers instruction on bass, voice, ukulele and piano. She is a formidable Jazz musician on upright bass and vocals performing regularly in a myriad of styles for the last 18 years. Orith holds a degree in music from Capilano University and uses it every day to bring community together via the language of music.
Since 2006, Monica has shared her joy for music through teaching children, teens and adults alike in both private and group lesson settings on piano, ukulele, violin/viola and voice. She loves to explore the “play” of playing music and uses this as a starting point for all learning and exploring.
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 ultimately to fronting her own original band playing together now in it’s 18th year.
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.