Student Resources

“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

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.  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.  At the core of this is a sense of legacy and a desire to pass on my inspiration to the next generation of musicians.

Check out my YouTube channel for fun instructional videos:

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

Student Quartet
Sudent Quartet performance

Private Students

Lessons at my studio typically take place on Monday, Tuesday and Friday afternoons. We usually have 2 performances per year, one in December and another in May.

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

The exercise that Maestro Allard demonstrates at 11:40 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