Education

Are you a string player or teacher?

Are you interested in developing your “creative” musicianship?

A former Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music, Christian Howes has helped thousands of string players improvise, compose, and jam in fiddle styles, jazz, blues, rock, and more. Welcome to our community of Creative String Players!

 Hear what real string teachers are saying about working with Christian Howes!

Featuring online video lessons, fiddle camps, school visits, Skype lessons, and more, this site offers help for string players of all ages (and teachers too). Click the links below to get started, and feel free to email any questions to chris@christianhowes.com.

  1. Study “Creative String Playing” online: Get started right away at the Creative Strings Academy, full of over 120 instruction videos, worksheets, and more. You’ll be jamming within minutes of signing up.
  2. Instructional books, videos, CDs, and more - Our shop has lots of instructional stuff, including “name your own price” deals.
  3. The Creative Strings Players Blog and YouTube Channel - Free stuff!
  4. The Creative Strings Workshop - Our one-of-a-kind summer camp
  5. Educational outreach - School Visits! Clinics, master classes, residencies, and guest performances for your school or private studio.

christian howes teaching improvisation to classical string players

Teacher Testimonial

“I tried out some of Christian Howes’ improvisation exercises/games on our kids last Friday. They LOVED them… I was so surprised and really touched when I saw one of our students play and interact along with the group for the first time all semester.”

Student Testimonials

“I learned a ton from you and it really has motivated me to get even more into music. The way you talked about music in general, as well as improvisation and music theory just really made sense to me in a way that it never has before.”

“Music means more than sheet music – it has its own emotion and I have never felt that more true than last night playing Cascade. Having Christian Howes come and help us made me recognize what it was I loved about music, not because he is a professional but because he shares that love for music that I do.”

“It was wonderful seeing so many people break their classical boundaries and simply play out the music of their hearts. Throughout the pieces, group unity was notably improved from rehearsals. Also, our intonation and tone quality were strikingly mature. I feel like this was truly an eye-opening experience, in that prior to this experience many of us were restricted to our orthodoxy and technical structure, but now we can play music to our heart’s content. Music means something different for our orchestra’s members now, and this is something we should cherish for the rest of our musical endeavors.”

Says Christian, “As a “Suzuki dad” I wanted to encourage my daughter to learn the things I missed out during my classical training; especially the creative side of music making. This is what led me to develop improvisation curriculum for string players as part of a method which teaches the “whole musician.” Improvisation and composition in different styles add to the joy of being a musician.”

 

Have questions? Christian is happy to take your calls at 614-332-8689
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