Master of Music in Music Education Jazz Pedagogy Emphasis – Capital University, Columbus, OH, 2015
Bachelor of Arts in Music – Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 2003 **Magna Cum Laude**
Monica Shriver is a musician, clinician and teaching artist based in Phoenix, Arizona – www.monicashriver.com . She has a diverse and creative professional career performing in big bands, jazz combos, pit orchestras, rock bands, chamber ensembles and orchestras, playing saxophones (soprano, alto, tenor, and bari), flute, alto flute, piccolo, clarinet, bass clarinet and bassoon.
Monica has performed in the pit orchestra for over 40 musicals. Monica leads two of her own groups, the Monica Shriver Jazz Project and Doublers Collective. She currently serves as the saxophone professor at Phoenix College.
In 2010, she created and founded Doublers Collective, a doubling saxophone quintet with rhythm section, out of a desire to perform on multiple woodwind instruments in a progressive jazz setting. She now works both as its Artistic Director and performing artist.
Doublers Collective (www.doublerscollective.com) has performed throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area, at the 2012 North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference and the 2013 Jazz Education Network Conference. In addition, new jazz works have been commissioned from Michael Abene, Alan Baylock, and Mike Crotty for the groups unique instrumentation.
Monica has had the opportunity to perform with great artists such as Michael Buble’, David Foster, Idina Menzel, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Mel Brown, Andy Martin, Ronnie Cuber, Chris Vadala, and opened for Gil Scott-Heron, Joan Jett, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, among others.
Monica is an active and sought-after jazz improvisation teacher and clinician for all instruments and ages. She has an active private studio of students taking lessons in-person and online. She has developed and presented clinics at schools and jazz festivals and for state and national conferences on jazz improvisation, doubling, saxophone, flute, clarinet and the business of music.
Clinic topics have included:
• Interacting Within a Jazz Ensemble
• Finding Your Voice on Multiple Instruments – Techniques and Strategies for Playing and Improvising on More Than One Instrument
• Jazz for the Classical Musician, designed to help classical musicians and educators venture into the world of jazz improvisation.
• Easy Ways to Start Improvising – No Experience Needed
• Playing the Changes: How to Improvise Over Major and Minor ii/V7/I’s.
• Panel Discussion: Self-Promotion, Social Media and Fundraising, an overview of how to effectively use the Internet to further your career.
Monica is a successful grant writer, fundraiser, blogger, web designer, and active on social media. She is an active member of the Jazz Education Network, American Federation of Musicians (Local 586), North American Saxophone Alliance, National Association for Music Education, and Chamber Music America. She currently blogs about her journey as a jazz musician at http://saxymoni.com
Monica earned the prestigious SURDNA Arts Teachers Fellowship Grant in 2010 to study jazz improvisation and a Professional Growth Grant from the Arizona Commission for the Arts in 2011. She is on the Teaching Artist Roster with the Arizona Commission for the Arts.
Monica is an artist with United States Artists Projects and a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas.