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. Orith’s band The Grand Trine Trio and The Monica Lee Band both held residencies at the East Vancouver legendary music club – 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 and their families 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.
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 essentially 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 150K 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 her album “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.