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Monica Benson

Faculty: Trumpet


DePaul University,BM
DePaul University, MM


Monica Benson is a multifaceted artist and music educator. Her love for music and teaching has led her to be a sought-after performer and educator. As a performer, Monica has played with numerous groups including the Brass Band of Battle Creek, The Ides of March, the Chicago Brass Band and indie rock group The Generationals. Her versatility as a performer has led to her ongoing residency as the official Bugler at the Arlington International Racecourse since 2014. As an educator, Monica believes that each student is brilliant and unique in their own way. This approach focuses on cultivating not only good musicians but also good people. She prioritizes the specific needs of the student and creates tailored lesson plans to help them cultivate a love for music and accountability to their goals.


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“Music has the ability to connect people like nothing else can. Music education teaches us how to connect with our peers and our communities through something that is so much bigger than all of us.”