Student Resources

“Her students tear it up every morning in rehearsal. Never quite seen or heard the like in 20 years of teaching.”

Ian Farish, Band teacher, St. Michael’s University School, Victoria, BC, Canada

“… now I actually WANT to practice!”

Tevne, student

“Monik has been a major source of inspiration and knowledge in my development as an improviser.”

Julian Mulhall, former student at the Victoria Conservatory of Music

Learn all your major scales and win a badger today just like Gavin. It takes hard work and dedication to learn a musical instrument, but the rewards are wild and furry!


The Secret of the Day is ….  Learn the circle of fifths/fourths/dominants!

Check out my YouTube channel for fun instructional videos:

Please download this pdf of all the major scales for saxophone if you haven’t already learned them, here is your chance:  scale-book-chapter-1

From the beginning of my career in the 1980’s until the present day, I have always loved teaching.  Most of this has been private lessons teaching, but in the past 5 years I have been engaged in more classroom work.  At the core of this is a sense of legacy and a desire to pass on my inspiration to the next generation of musicians.

With my written permission anyone with a grade 12 certificate and basic English language skills can register for Music 218 (Contemporary Aural Skills) or Music 221 (Jazz History) at Camosun College.  Contact the Registrar for more information: register.

Check out Uncle Stan’s Altissimo Fingerings: Uncle Stan’s Altissimo Fingerings

My sincerest wish is that studying music will make you a happier person  🙂

Student Quartet

Student Quartet performance

Private Students

Lessons at my studio will continue in January 2022 and are now being being conducted through Zoom video conference on Sundays. Lessons at St. Margaret’s School take place on Thursday afternoons and can be booked with Maggie Music. We usually have 2 performances per year, one in December and another in May.

For those of you who are beginners here is a fingering chart to help you learn the notes on the saxophone: Saxophone fingering chart

The following is an exercise that Maestro Allard demonstrates at 11:40 and is vital for tone production.  He centers the alto saxophone mouthpiece at C5 (an octave above middle C).  I recommend centering the alto mouthpiece on A440.  Tenor saxophone at E above middle C, and baritone saxophone at middle C, soprano saxophone at C5.  The overtones he demonstrates in the first 10 minutes of this video segment are based on air pressure, not on tightening the embouchure, rather adjusting the air, and he is not using the register key for any of the overtones you will hear.

In this video from Brett Primack, Bob Mintzer expertly demonstrates how classical etudes can be used as a basis for improvisation

My dear friend Seamus Blake is always a source of awe and inspiration.  His solo starts at roughly 6:10 into the video segment:

This page has many fine solo transcriptions:

inspiring interview with Sonny Rollins

April 2016 at Wood Hall

Student Recital