Monika Herzig

Senior Lecturer

(812) 855-4700
Room Number:
SPEA 433


  • D.M.E., Indiana University, 1997
  • M.A., University of Alabama, 1991
  • B.A., Paedagogische Hochschule Weingarten, Germany, 1988


  • Creative Thinking Strategies in Arts Administration
  • Inside Community Arts Organizations
  • Music Industry I
  • Music Industry II
  • Programming the Performing Arts


Monika Herzig is an accomplished jazz musician who was part of the IU Jacobs School of Music's faculty from 2002 until she joined SPEA's Arts Management program in 2007. Originally from Germany, Herzig came to the United States on a scholarship exchange program at the University of Alabama where she earned her master's degree in music education. She has toured internationally with her band Beeblebrox, opening for Tower of Power, Bette Midler, Yes, Sting, the Dixie Dregs, and more. By 1997, Herzig had completed her DME in Music Education with a concentration in Jazz Studies at IU's Jacobs School of Music.

Herzig is cofounder of Jazz from Bloomington,
a society fostering appreciation and education about jazz in South Central Indiana . Over the past several years, Herzig has booked and organized close to 40 concerts with internationally renowned artists and presented programs to thousands of elementary school children throughout Indiana. Herzig's book on Jazz Education Legend David Baker earned the 2012 Outstanding Rating from the Association of American University Presses. Her Listener's Guide to Chick Corea will be published in 2017 with Rowan & Littlefield.

As a touring jazz pianist, Herzig has performed at prestigious jazz clubs and festivals including Indy Jazz Fest, Cleveland's Nighttown, Louisville's Jazz Factory, Jazz in July in Bloomington and Cincinnati, and Columbus, Ohio's Jazz and Rib Fest. Most recently, Herzig can be heard on MDG Records' David Baker: Singer of Songs, for which she also wrote the liner notes
as well as with her own group The Whole World in Her Hands (Whaling City Sounds, 2016).


  • Jazz pianist, composer, author, educator
  • Named Jazz Hero by the Jazz Journalists Association (2015)
  • Cofounder of not-for-profit organization "Jazz from Bloomington"
  • Executive board member, Jazz Education Network
  • CD releases Come with Me and Peace on Earth on Owl Studios, upcoming: The Whole World in Her Hands
  • DownBeat magazine award for composition of the song "Let's Fool One"

In the News

‘Through the Gates,’ ep. 30: Monika Herzig on legend David Baker, women in jazz

Selected Works

Music Publications
  • The Whole World in Her Hands (Whaling City Sound) 2016
  • Come With Me (Owl Studios) 2011
  • Peace on Earth (Owl Studios) 2009
  • Imagine, Indiana in Music and Words (with Indiana Laureate Poet Norbert Krapf) 2007
  • What Have You Gone and Done? 2007
  • In Your Own Sweet Voice - A Tribute to Women Composers, 2005
  • Melody with Harmony, 2003

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