November 24, 2020

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CHRISTIAN
HOWES

VIOLINIST, EDUCATOR AND COMPOSER

VOTED #1 IN THE DOWNBEAT CRITICS POLL (“RISING STARS/VIOLIN”)

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Exploring intersections between creativity, music education, string playing, DIY music business, and culture

My students have never been more engaged... I've been listening to 130 of my students submit their creative projects this week. Acapella, Soundtrap, live performances, music videos, iMovie/Wevideo duos, kareoke performances, free improvisations, original tunes- I feel so much more invigorated by my work helping them develop their musicianship through their own creative voice.
Austin Scelzo
Music Director at Darien Public Schools

The workshop offered videos, feedback and mentors that responded to all my goals (accompaniment, techniques, soloing w harmonic knowledge, connecting my voice with my viola). Also there was an opportunity to connect & watch other attendees on their journeys.
Alva Anderson
Singer and violist

Prior to the course I was always waiting and it wasn’t going anywhere. After meeting Chris, I have seen some big changes with a ‘let’s make sh*t happen’ attitude! In Melbourne I had my first summer as a consistent session musician. In Tokyo I decided to work on a solo project I never had courage to do before the course. Chris has completely changed the relationship between the violin and myself...
Elle Shimada
Performer/Producer/Composer (Tokyo and Melbourne)
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Where it all began...

When I was 16, a kid in my school orchestra brought tapes to school of original songs he made.

Kids hovered around him, unimpressed with my Paganini caprices.

I remember thinking, “I’m just not a creative person like him”.

That thought crushed me. 

 I wondered, “What if I could learn to be a more Creative musician”?  

 I joined a rock band. Then blues, Jazz, folk, gospel, pop, Latin… you name it, I did it. I was committed to finding my own thing and I eventually did. 

This led to forging my own career path, developing a teaching method,  and training teachers and freelancers to go  beyond the old teaching and orchestral career model.