Ken Hiatt—Accordionist, Band Leader, Teacher—Waltham, MA “Chris is certainly the best jazz music teacher I’ve ever had, but he’s more than that: he’s one of the best teachers I’ve ever had–in any subject. He has a special talent for taking complex topics and breaking them down into the simplest possible parts.Chris’ lessons have been a huge help for me.
Troy H., Canada “I’ve gone through a few of Chris’ courses. The concepts in here are essential to mastering your instrument. I struggle with knowing what to practice from the wealth of information that there is. Using Chris’ course, I’ve made more progress in the last couple months than at any other time. I’ve also gained confidence in playing which feels great…thanks Chris!”
Guy Shkolnik, Israel “Man, what can I tell you…I’ve been working with The Monster Jazz Formula for only 10 days now, but it changed the way I practice. I’m much more focused……2 weeks ago I bumped into one of your clips on the Internet. I actually believe that the whole thing was created for me:)”
Maurizio Iosa, Rome, Italy “After millions of methods about what to study, finally a method that lets you understand how to study to reach your real musical goals! Thank you Chris!”
John Kozinski Becket, MA “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..”
Liam Fionescu London, England “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!”
C.L. Young “Thanks for all the advice, I feel you were talking to me, Thanks!”
Smilin’ Steve “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!”
Dave Dubé “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 the jazz education and music education in general. Keep up the good work and the inspiration!”
Albert D. Haut-Ittre, Belgium “Your method works ; it is efficient and it gives confidence.”
Henry Krupp “Chris, You seem to always nail this thing down! Congrats to another great video that keeps us thinking different.
I used to make the same experiences and actually know that when you’re in that “space” the music just flows out of your instrument. But it needs the ability to let go of the fear of not playing well as Kenny Werner said in his book “Effortless Mastery”.
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.”
Ginny Simonds “I’ve made the transition from classical to jazz keyboard largely due to your monster formula as it help me set useful goals after many months of wandering in a fragmented way and getting nowhere. That was about 1 1/2 years ago.
My latest focus has been listening, transcribing solos and playing what I hear in my head. As soon as i stop singing, I’m up in head thinking instead of hearing and feel lost. I can’t believe how this has changed my playing!! I’ve ordered Ran Blake’s Primacy of the Ear and can’t wait to read it. The psychologist in me is fascinated by the process of learning by hearing rather than more cognitive processing.
Thank you SO much for taking the time to share your knowledge.”
Themis Nikoloudis “Hi Chris! I own the monster jazz formula since 2009, and it really changed my life!
Unfortunately, the modern life style is killing the wings of mind and free spirit, and people are not aware or do not believe what a human mind can do..Thank you for setting up my mind not only for musical, but life development also! True words of wisdom from a modern philosopher!”
“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 !!”
Joel Yennior–Trombonist; Instructor at the New England Conservatory—Boston, MA “The Monster Jazz Formula is a detailed and motivational approach to reaching your goals as a jazz musician. This is not just a method for novices – reading through Chris Punis’ books prompted me to rethink my own concepts and approaches to teaching and practicing – after 20 years of professional playing and teaching! I highly recommend The Monster Jazz Formula and plan to introduce it to my own students and fellow musicians.”
Braun Khan – Church Music Director, Private Instructor, Bassist “If you’re serious about learning jazz I highly recommend you check out what Chris has to offer.”
Armando Salazar Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic “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”
Javier Vargas (Jazz Studies teacher at the National Conservatory in Santo Domingo) “As a teacher I see myself improving and also passing the knowledge in a more effective way!!! Thank you for sharing jazz monster formula!!!!”
Slide Ackerman, Boston, MA “Your Monster Jazz Formula is spot on! Next to my senior recital, I’ve found defining and refining my own values, goals, vision and mission… to be the most productive and enlightening exercises I’ve ever done.”
Darryl RuffKelowna BC Canada “The Monster Jazz Formula materials are in a class by themselves. Any musician would be miles ahead having these courses in their “repertoire”.
Stefan–Zürich, Switzerland “The Monster Jazz was nothing else than a fresh re-beginning of everything I learned since ever: My Music (and so my practicing) began to live and improved 10,000-Times!!!…thank you very much Chris now, practicing and performing is grand joy every day!!!..”
David Bond–Mexicali, Mexico “The most thorough method to organize your jazz practicing to attain the most progress.”
Chuck Decker, Woodbine NJ “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. You are truly the Tony Robbins of the music education world,—keep it up.”
Bruno T. Slovakia “Your knowledge is great, but on the 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!”