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Teaching Experience

Kris has served as...


  • Composition and Jazz faculty at the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) Summer Program

  • Professor of Music Fundamentals at George Mason University

  • Instructor of Jazz History at Rutgers University OLLI

  • Teaching Assistant at New England Conservatory

  • Music Teacher at various K-12 school programs in NYC

Kris Monson, MSM Summer

Teaching Composition at MSM Summer ,  July 2022

UTSA Master Class, Joshua Espinoza, Kris Monson

Master Class at UT San Antonio, April 2022

... has given Master Classes at: 


  • University of Texas at San Antonio (TX)

  • University of Virginia (VA)

  • Panama Jazz Festival / Fundación Danilo Pérez (Panamá)

  • Note Music Institute (México)

  • University of Central Arkansas (AR)

  • Furman University (SC)

  • University of Mary Washington (VA)

  • Sewanee: The University of the South (TN) 

... and has presented research or compositions at: 


  • Jazz Education Network (JEN)

    • 2024 Conference (LA)

    • 2022 Conference (TX)

  • College Music Society (CMS)

    • 2023 International Conference  (Estonia)

    • 2023 Northeast Regional Conference  (CT) 

  • International Society of Bassists (ISB)

    • 2023 Convention (MI) 

  • Delta State University Conference on the Blues 

    • 2021 Conference (MS)

CMS International Conference presentation, Kris Monson

CMS International Conference presentation, July 2023

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 

Kris Monson lesson with Buster Williams

Lesson with Buster Williams, Sept. 2018

Kris has maintained an active teaching studio since 2012, teaching students of all ages and levels of experience. Kris currently teaches bass, piano, music theory, and improvisation lessons at his home studio in NYC and online via Zoom. 

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