School Visits and Orchestral Guest Performances

Give your strings program the breakthrough it needs.

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

For more information on the residencies Christian Howes offers, download this guide here.

Why Christian Howes?

A former Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music, Christian is not only one of the world’s most respected jazz violinists, but a Suzuki-trained, accomplished classical violinist as well. His classical background enables him to connect with traditional orchestral students, and his cohesive curriculum in improvisation, composition, eclectic styles, and strings technology ensures that students and teachers will take away actionable knowledge that they can apply. 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.


What sets it apart:christian howes offers a violin school residency for string players

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 fun and sophisticated, all designed for the students and teachers to take away concrete skills and knowledge. Participating students become inspired and motivated while developing confidence in increasingly sustainable musicianship. The student comes first, no matter what, and Christian presents real solutions to teaching and learning improvisation, composition, eclectic styles, and related subjects. Unlike other residencies, all teachers and students receive online learning modules in advance of Christian’s visit including instructional videos, backing tracks, quizzes, and lesson plans to ensure and assess learning.


Why it’s necessary:

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 is able to explore their own creativity and express it in ways, through sustainable musicianship, that a strictly classical musician typically wishes he or she could tap into.


teach your students improvisation with a violin school residencyWhat you will gain:

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 develop a firm grasp on the fundamental strategies and concepts, 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, both through his online curriculum and via direct access to his mobile phone number. With hundreds of subscribers to his online Creative Strings Academy, Christian routinely meets with students and teachers via Skype, phone, and his study group on Facebook – Creative String Players.


New in 2014, we have teamed up with Yamaha to allow schools to utilize Christian Howes’ Creative Strings Academy for free in anticipation of his visit, so students and teachers can make the most of the time Christian has at your school. Additional sponsorships and subsidies may be available.


How can I bring this into my school? What is the process?:

Email or call Tiffany // 773.283.2830

First, we’ll work with you in planning a time for Christian to come into your school.  Once a time frame 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 from working through the online modules. Christian will solidify your knowledge and build off the basics to expand your skills and creativity.

All of this will culminate into a final performance in which the students will display everything they have learned. The performance will highlight the new-found strengths of the students. We provide promotional support and marketing materials, and will help you through every step of the event planning process. The event is an opportunity to fundraise, promote your program, recruit, and develop support from your community.



Find more info at the links on the right, or email/call Tiffany Goodman to ask any questions about a Christian Howes school visit. – 773-283-2830