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Monika Herzig

Univ.-Prof. for Artistic Research
Artistic Research

Artistic and pedagogical education

  • Paedagogische Hochschule Weingarten/ Germany 1983-1988 Teaching degree in mathematics, music, German C-Certificate, Catholic Church Music, Thesis: The Jazz Piano Styles of Art Tatum, Chick Corea, and Thelonious Monk
  • University of Alabama/ Tuscaloosa, Alabama 1988-1991, MA in Music Education, Teacher Certification for Alabama Public Schools, Masters Thesis: Using Computer-Assisted Instruction to Teach Basic Music Theory to Non-Music Majors
  • Indiana University/ Bloomington, Indiana 1991-1997, DME in Music Education with minors in Jazz Studies, PhD thesis: Elements of Jazz Piano Pedagogy – A Content Analysis

Teaching & Research


  • Piano/ Jazz Piano, Music Industry, Jazz History/ Music Appreciation, Music Theory
  • Programming for the Performing Arts, Arts Entrepreneurship


  • Jazz and Gender
  • Jazz Model for Entrepreneurship
  • Creativity
  • Artistic Research


Artistic publications – CDs, DVDs

  • With BeebleBrox: 1990 Entropy, 1991 The Thing, 1992 Bloomingtoon, 1994 Raw Material, 1996 Quantumn Tweezers, 1997 Indianapolis Intergalactic Spaceport, 1998 Dominant Domain, 2002 Real Brox
  • Monika Herzig Acoustic Project: 2000 Melody Without Words, 2001 Jammin’ at the Kitchen, 2003 Melody With Harmony, 2005 In Your Own Sweet Voice – A Tribute to Women Composers, 2007 What Have You Gone and Done?
  • On Owl Studios: 2008 Peace on Earth, 2011 Come With Me CD/DVD combo
  • On Whaling City Sounds: 2016 The Whole World in Her Hands, 2018 SHEroes
  • The Time Flies: 2016 The Time Flies, 2019 Powerlines
  • On Savant/ High Note: 2020 Eternal Dance
  • Forthcoming 2023: House of the Singing Winds, Time Flies, Both Sides of Joni

Scientific publications

  • Research in Jazz Pedagogy, a Review of the Literature. IAJE Research Proceedings, 1995
  • Jazz Piano Pedagogy.  What the Experts Think. IAJE Research Proceedings, 1997
  • 30 years of Jazz Education: An Interview with David Baker. IAJE Research Proceedings, 1998
  • An Analysis of Chick Corea’s Jazz Piano Style. IAJE Research Proceedings, 1999
  • This Business of Jazz in the 21st Century:  Facts and Opinions. IAJE Research Proceedings, 2004.
  • Music and the Internet. IAJE Research Proceedings, 2005.
  • Analysis of “Ellingtones: A Fantasy for Saxophone and Orchestra (1987)”. International Jazz Archives Journal, Fall 2012.
  • Beyond Jamming – A Historical and Analytical Perspective on the Creative Process. Journal of the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association Volume 14, Number 1 (2014)
  • Book Chapter: Managing Creativity in The Concise Guide to Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Innovation Edward Elgar Publishers (2015)
  • Belitski, M., & Herzig, M. The Jam Session Model for Group Creativity and Innovative Technology. The Journal of Technology Transfer, 1-16.
  • Herzig, M., Kelman, K., Krikun, A., Matthews, S. R., & Browning, Y. (2018). Key Learnings from an International Social Entrepreneurship Collaboration: Songs to Change Our World. MEIEA Journal, (1), 37.
  • Herzig, M. The ABCs of Jazz Education Rethinking Jazz Pedagogy. Jazzforschung heute, 181.
  • Herzig, M. (2019). Fame and Fortune: Developing a Simulation Game for the Music Industry Classroom. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 19(5).
  • Herzig, M. (2019). DOWNBEAT JAZZ EDUCATION HALL OF FAME: JERRY COKER: Foundation Builder. Downbeat, 86(6), 136.
  • Jazz Education in Research and Practice 2020 (Vol. 1, No. 1) - Editor
  • Herzig, M. (2020). Monika Herzig remembers Clora Bryant. Jazz Times, March 17, 2020.
  • Herzig, M. (2020). Equal access – women in jazz come together. Allegro Vol. 120, No 3, March 2020. 
  • Jazz Education in Research and Practice 2021 (Vol. 2, No. 1) - Editor
  • Herzig, M. (2020). Anyone Can Improvise: The ABCs of Arts Entrepreneurship—A Case Study. Artivate9(2), 63-75.
  • Herzig, M. (2021). What the World Needs Now is Jazz. Critical Studies in Improvisation,14(2).
  • Audretsch, D. B., Belitski, M., & Herzig, M. (2022). Improvisation and Innovation in Teams: The Jazz Effect. British Journal of Management.
  • Jazz Education in Research and Practice 2022 (Vol. 3, No. 1) - Editor
  • David Baker – A Legacy in Music. Foreword by Quincy Jones, Contributions by Nathan Davis, JB Dyas, John Hasse, Willard Jenkins, Lissa May, Brent Wallarab, David Ward-Steinmann, IU Press; Bloomington, 2011.
  • Experiencing Chick Corea: A Listener’s Companion, Rowman & Littlefield, 2017.
  • Reddan, J., Herzig, M., & Kahr, M. (Eds.). (2022). The Routledge Companion to Jazz and Gender. Taylor & Francis.
  • TEDX Talk Bloomington

Further work experience

  • Previous Board Member: Jazz Education Network, Music and Entertainment Industry Association, Jazz from Bloomington, Indianapolis Jazz Foundation
  • Senior Lecturer Indiana University, Faculty Taylor University, IUPUI
  • Selected Presentations at JEN, Rhythm Changes, SAEE, AAAE, MEIEA, Jazz Beyond Borders

Prizes, awards, miscellaneous

  • USArtist International Grants
  • South Arts Jazz Road Grant
  • NEA Access to Artistic Excellence Grant
  • Indiana Arts Commission
  • Jazz Journalist Association Jazz Hero
  • Outstanding Book Award by the Association of American University Presses for “David Baker – A Legacy in Music”
  • Jazz Journalist Association Nomination for Best Jazz Book of 2017 (Experiencing Chick Corea)
  • Dr. James E. Mumford Excellence in Extraordinary Teaching Award