Mx Margaret Dylan Jones, composer, teacher, publisher

Links to Samples

Composer biography

Mix Margaret Jones, an androgyne, writes with a keen appreciation of the needs of students and teachers, having taught piano, theory, voice and composition for twenty four years. Her compositions include works for full orchestra, string quartet, clarinet, piano, percussion quartet (for the Australian group Synergy), oboe, voice, harp, and brass. From 1979 to 1990 she studied composition with Roger Smalley and John Exton at the University of Western Australia.

The Jones family was living in the Perth suburb of Kewdale when Margaret was born in 1961, the third of four children. In 1966 her father, the well-known and prolific writer John Joseph Jones, took the family to live on a bush property he had stumbled upon in the hills to the east of Perth, in the locality of Hovea. On that property and with the assistance of many diverse groups of volunteers they constructed the Parkerville Amphitheatre, which the family operated until 2000. On her mother's side Margaret is a fifth generation Western Australian, descended from 1842 settlers Jesse and Jane Gardiner.

In 1989 Margaret founded The Perth Discovery Choir to give adults the opportunity to get involved in music. She conducted PDC for its first 5 years. In 2001 she founded and conducted a second choir called Girls, Guys & Others: the GGO Quire, which had many intersex and transgender singers.

In 1995 Margaret was the Teacher-in-Charge of music at Swanbourne Senior High School.

Margaret is an Associate Composer with the Australian Music Centre.

Margaret Dylan Jones, MusB(comp), DipEd, LTCL(pno teach), ATCL, AMusTCL, AMusA, is preparing several more sets of educational music for piano and other instruments. [See below for musical samples.] 

© Hovea Music Press 1996

Read about the conception of Pipedream, the opera about C.Y. O'Connor.
See Margaret's own extensive web site. For external links for Mx Margaret see the HMP Links Page.

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Music by Margaret Dylan Jones

PIANO | CHOIR | CLARINET | Commissioned Works

Below are links to printable samples of the music scores, and programme notes.


Androgyne Adagio: Used on the George Negus Tonight ABC television programme, 20 July 2004 in a seven-minute pre-recorded profile of Mx Margaret as an androgyne, featuring her playing this piano solo she composed at the age of 16.

From Child's Play:

From Colourfast Piano Music:

From Jump Right Ins: piano starters and re-starters:

From ColourKey Piano Technique:

From Sonatina:


From ...where eucalypts green-tip the sky:


From Machine Code:

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