Here’s what our students are saying:
“I have been playing for over 45 years, and have studied with some of the world’s best teachers. But as a teacher I see students become overwhelmed with the amount of available information and what to do with it in the limited hours of a day. Your systems allow for individualized pinpoint focus. This is something that I have never found taught in the field of music before, and I swear by your material.”
~Chuck Decker, South Jersey
“I’ve been a fan of Hal Crook’s books and method. Chris’ videos are the next step to reinforce how to practice improvisation that compliment these books. ….a great addition to a jazzer’s library of learning …but more practical than most books that try to help you to play jazz..”
~JOHN KOZINSKI, BECKET,MA
“When I first saw Chris play at a jam here in Boston, I thought, that's the guy I want to take lessons with. Luckily for me, he's as good a teacher as he is a player.
I would recommend Chris to anyone looking to take their understanding of music to a deeper level, I don't know anyone who will give you a more honest, and passionate education.”
~ Mike Tucker - Boston, MA
“Now, one can understand exactly what Michael Brecker and Bill Evans were talking about, when they said they were concentrating on very small portions of music and learning them as thoroughly as possible. Great job man and thanks a lot !!”
~ Guy Shkolnik – Israel
"With little more understanding of music than I could remember from high school band, Joel’s straight-forward teaching style quickly provided me with the foundation I needed.
Joel’s easy going demeanor paired with his obviously extensive knowledge base was a perfect fit for me. I really appreciated how Joel balanced the theory (which can be challenging) with anecdotes from the jazz world such as the one above, and the times he insisted we all bring our instruments so that we could apply what we were learning right then and there."
~ Charlotte Dumont, Bassist - Stoneham, MA
"Joel is a wonderful, responsible, experienced jazz teacher and has a great personality - I really admire him!"
~ Zuo Wang, Jazz Pianist - China/Boston
"When I joined New England Conservatory Prep I began taking lessons with Joel, and he could not have been more helpful.
As a virtuosic trombone player, he is also able to explain the methods behind his own playing and impart them on his students.
He can also play piano well which was extremely helpful during lessons in terms of understanding harmony, and he has a comprehensive knowledge of all styles of music, theory, and ear-training."
~ Josiah Reibstein, Jazz Tubist and Composer - Lexington, MA
"Joel's course forever changed the way I think about, play, and hear both classical and jazz music. Joel is a wonderful teacher -- I found him really motivating and inspiring.
Joel uses clear language and simple examples that are well-sequenced. The course content is really easy to understand. It includes many examples and ideas for practicing on your own instrument, so you can immediately apply what you are learning in the course!"
~ Cindy Goodof, Jazz Pianist - Needham, MA
“The Monster Jazz Formula for me has been a delightful approach in learning the basics of creation, awareness and deep inner feelings, thank you very much”
~Armando Salazar – Quito, Ecuador, South America
“Your knowledge is great, but on top of that, it is the way you present that makes it unique. You do not make any tricks or give away half-hearted information and I have learned a lot from your materials. It is great that you cover up the mental topics as well, not just technical stuff. We are lucky to be able to wade through your methods!”
~Bruno T., Slovakia
“You have a direct and genuine approach to the development and sharing of knowledge which makes the medicine go down with great ease. It is satisfying to have a kind of jazz-practice guardian-angel!”
~Liam Fionescu – London, England
“Chris, You seem to always nail this thing down! Congrats to another great video that keeps us thinking different.
I also try to promote the art of playing music by ears as well on my website youcantrustyourears.com, but my focus is more on the aspiring or amateur musician to lay out a plan on how to accomplish this goal.
However, your method is highly recommended for the “serious” student.”
~Henry Krupp—Saxophonist, South Korea
“The Monster Jazz Formula materials are in a class by themselves. Any musician would be miles ahead having these courses in their ‘repertoire’".
~Darryl Ruff, Kelowna BC Canada
"If you're serious about learning jazz I highly recommend you check out what Chris has to offer."
~Braun Khan—Church Music Director, Private Instructor, Bassist, Greeley, CO
“Thanks for all the advice, I feel you were talking to me, Thanks!”
“Thanks for being the first person I’ve ever heard to say these things out loud, and with such creative awareness…., and at the same time encouraging instead of discouraging…..I will look deeper!”
~ Smilin’ Steve
“I’m a pro musician and music teacher myself and got a degree from Laval University (Québec). Chris you’ve got a vision and a passion that I’ve rarely seen from other teachers. I think you’ve got some ideas that can be a real revolution in jazz education and music education in general. Keep up the good work and the inspiration!”
~ Dave Dubé
“The most thorough method to organize your jazz practicing to attain the most progress.”
~ Bond–Mexicali, Mexico