Double Bass demonstration during music class at The Studio School, Nov. 2019

Teaching Philosophy 

Every student has a unique relationship with music, has different reasons for being interested in music-making, and has different musical strengths and weaknesses. The teacher’s job is to guide the student in developing their musical knowledge and technical proficiency so that the student has the language, vocabulary, and technical skills to best express themselves. Every student receives a customized approach that is designed around his or her abilities, goals, and progress. 


Teaching Studio 

Lesson with Buster Williams, Sept. 2018

Kris leads an active music studio teaching lessons in jazz and classical double bass, electric bass, music theory, improvisation, jazz and classical composition and arranging, as well as beginner and intermediate lessons in guitar, violin, and piano. Kris has maintained an active teaching studio since 2012, teaching students of all ages and levels of experience. Kris offers private lessons at his home studio on the Upper West Side in NYC, travels to students' homes for a nominal fee, and teaches online via Zoom. 

Teaching Experience

In addition to an active teaching studio, Kris serves as Music Teacher at The Front Porch, teaching private lessons and groups classes, and as Music Teacher at The Studio School  in Manhattan, teaching music and directing the chorus for students in grades K - 8. In addition, Kris has served as...

  • LEAP Music Teaching Artist in NYC public schools

  • Substitute faculty member for the Manhattan School of Music  (MSM) Pre-College Division 

  • Teaching Assistant for Undergraduate Music Theory at the University of Virginia

  • Teaching Assistant for Undergraduate Music Theory at MSM 

  • Teaching Artist for the MSM Distance Learning Studio ​

Kris Monson teaching music

Teaching class guitar at P.S. 118, Brooklyn NY, Jan. 2020

Kris Moson with Joshua Espinoza trio, Master Class at Furman University

Master Class at Furman University, Oct. 2019

... and has given Master Classes / Guest Residencies at: 

  • University of Virginia (VA)

  • Syracuse University (NY)

  • George Mason University (VA)

  • Furman University (SC)

  • College of Southern Maryland (MD)

  • Community College of Baltimore County (MD)

  • Davidson College (NC)

  • Peabody Institute (MD)