Course materials for my classes are available here:
How To Train Your Ear
Our ears are the most important tools we have as musicians. Without the ability to hear chords and intervals we are stabbing in the dark and can’t possibly know what we are playing or how it relates to the other notes we hear. “How to train your ear and avoid Hiccups” with Monik is a 5-day class designed to help students begin to recognize intervals and basic chords by ear and also learn a few improv solos by ear in a spirit of fun and games.
“There Will Never Be Another You”
“Mambo Influenciado” w. Irving Acao on tenor sax
Is It Is, Or Is It Ain’t, A Blues?
Is it, or isn’t it? We will go over basic theory including modes, key signatures and the circle of fifths and then using this information we will try and figure out what are the defining features of a blues. We will talk about “riff” blues, call and response, downstep, major and minor blues using examples that we may know or recognize.
Woodwind Fundamentals (saxophones and clarinets)
Every morning we will meet at 9am to go over instrumental technique and the fundamentals of playing a single reed instrument. Yay reeds!