Christian Howes centers around intensive workshops in your district and culminates in an exciting concert in which your students improvise, compose, and perform jazz, rock, Latin, fiddle-tune inspired music, and more.
Currently booking for 2014 and 2015 – contact Tiffany Goodman for availability. tiffany@goodmanartists – 772-283-2830
Howes is not only a former Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music, but a trained Suzuki violinist as well. His classical background speaks with traditional orchestral students. When students and teachers are on the same page, it makes learning new concepts and ideas that much easier. As a classical student, jazz and other non-traditional genres can be intimidating, but Howes presents his approaches in ways that are easy to comprehend. Understanding the ideas is essential in building the foundation for students to grow off of.
Unlike other cookie-cutter guest artist programs, Christian’s Creative Strings experience emphasizes customized student workshops and performance experiences in a musical context which is both cool and highly sophisticated. Participating students become inspired and motivated while developing confidence in increasingly sustainable musicianship. The student comes first, no matter what.
With just seventeen full time American orchestras remaining, the need for classical musicians to diversify is self-evident. Music education must offer a broad array of skills and understanding so that students will both be more employable and able to incorporate music into their lives, whether or not they become professional musicians. A well-rounded musician will be able to explore their own creativity and express it in ways that a strictly classical musician could never do.
Christian Howes ensures that every student will not only understand the concepts taught, but be proficient enough to actually apply them to everyday playing. Students will have a firm grasp on the basics of jazz and improvisation, regardless of whether or not they have previously touched on the subject or not. You’ll have the full support of Christian Howes both before and after the residency should you need it.
New in 2014, we have teamed up with Yamaha to allow schools to utilize Christian Howes’ Creative Strings Academy in anticipation of his visit, so students and teachers can make the most of the time Christian has at your school.
First, we’ll work with you in planning a time for Christian to come into your school. We are happy to work around your busy schedule. Once a time is agreed upon, you’ll receive your unique login for the Creative Strings Academy so you and your students can dive headfirst into the Creative Strings realm.
When the day arrives for Christian to come into your school, you’ll already have a basic understanding of how jazz works. Christian will solidify your knowledge and build off the basics to expand your skills and creativity. Students will become more comfortable with the idea of playing non-traditional music, and will start playing outside the box.
All of this will culminate into a final performance where the students will display everything they have learned in the short time that Christian has worked with them. The performance will highlight the new-found strengths of the students, not on the guest artist.
We have answers. Email or call Tiffany Goodman to ask any questions about a Christian Howes school visit. firstname.lastname@example.org – 773-283-2830