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All about Margaret
Margaret Dylan Jones
W.A. composer, pianist,
teacher, article writer
Long, rambling version
Many of my early piano compositions were for
use. I wrote them
with a keen appreciation of the needs
of students and teachers having taught piano, theory, and voice since
My student works included music for full orchestra,
string quartet, clarinet, piano, percussion quartet (for the Australian
group Synergy), oboe, voice, harp, and brass.
For five years between 1979 and 1990 I
studied composition at the University
of Western Australia, mostly with Roger Smalley (who worked for and
with Karlheinz Stockhausen) and very briefly with John Exton (a former
student of Luigi
As part of my Bachelor of Music degree I also studied
two years with Sir Frank Callaway, obtaining an 'A' both times. For a
couple of years I had piano lessons with Brian Michell.
The Jones family was living in the Perth suburb of
Kewdale when I was born in 1961, the third of four children. In 1966 my
father, the respected 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 he constructed the Parkerville
Amphitheatre, which the family
operated until his death in
2000. See the amphitheatre link for details of an 87 minute documentary
about the venue released in 2015
interviews with my father, myself, other
family members and many others.
My father was born in London but always described
himself as Welsh. On my mother's side I'm a fifth generation Western
Australian, descended from 1842 Australind settlers Jesse and Jane
Gardiner. I probably have over a thousand relatives living in WA to
the south of Perth.
In 1989 I founded The Perth Discovery Choir (PDC) to
give adults the opportunity to get involved in music, and conducted it
for its first 5 years. In 2001 I founded and conducted another choir
called Girls, Guys & Others: the GGO Quire, which ran for one year
and had many intersex
and transgender singers.
In 1994 I began Hovea Music
Press as a hobby with Jean Argyle, my partner of eight years.
twelve years HMP published musical scores by eight
other Australian composers including some of the leading names such as
Nigel Butterley, Roger Smalley, Stephen Benfall and John Peterson. HMP
quality works by top Australian poets such as Jack Davis, Andrew
Lansdown, Shane McCauley and my father, John Joseph Jones. In July 2015
I resumed publishing under the HMP banner.
For one school year in 1995 I was the Teacher-in-Charge of music at
Swanbourne Senior High School.
From the late 1990s I was heavily
involved for many years in volunteer community
work, especially with advocacy and
support groups for intersex, transgender and transsexual people, such
TransWest: The Transgender Association of WA, and the International
Foundation for Androgynous Studies (IFAS). See watgtsis-history-western-australia.html
In 2002 (or possibly earlier) I began using
title Mx or Mix (meaning mixture and pronounced 'mix') after hearing
that an intersex person in Victoria (Australia) had been using it. (In
May 2015 the Oxford Dictionary online version included this title for
the first time.)
In 2004 a seven-minute profile of my
life as an androgyne was shown on the ABC's George Negus Tonight (GNT)
television programme. The broadcast featured me playing my own Androgyne Prophecy piano solo which I composed
at the age of 16. See the transcript on the ABC's site.
For just over five years 2004 to 2010 I drove taxis in a
of ways, initially in Perth and then for four years in Karratha (in the
Pilbara region 1500 km north of Perth). Which isn't strictly musical
but it fills in a big gap!
I'm an Associate Composer with the Australian Music
Centre and have produced several sets of educational piano music. A
one-page work, The Greedy Row-Snake, sold thousands of copies
was included in the AMEB's Series 12 exam books in 1990. This and other
works have also been published by Currency Press, one of Australia's
largest sheet music publishers. Prayer of the Swinging Mantis
the current (2015) AMEB syllabus for for preliminary grade. See my
works in print.
Since May 2011 I've been living as a house sitter in the
Perth hills or foothills, in the
Mundaring or in the Midland or Gidgegannup areas, Western
© Hovea Music Press 1996 &
Mix Margaret D. Jones 2015
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