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Take your music, teaching, and career to the next level with my personal support, clear structure, and accountability through 7-weeks of multifaceted learning with a diverse community of musicians from around the world.


Where it all began…

When I was 16, a kid named Noah Phipps sat last chair second violin in our high school orchestra;  Noah brought tapes to school of original songs he made on a 4-track recorder.


Kids used to hover around him, unimpressed with my Paganini caprices.


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


That thought crushed me- not only because of what it said about my musicianship, but what it said about me. I felt uninteresting.


Then I thought, “What if I could learn to be a Creative Musician”?  I decided to try to invalidate my limiting self beliefs.


I joined rock bands. Despite having had little training, my band mates were more functional and creative musicians.  They were comfortable with harmony, groove, improvisation, songwriting…


I eventually joined more bands, playing blues, jazz, folk, gospel, pop, Latin, and more…


I started gaining musical understanding and found my original voice.


Then I developed methods to help other classical musicians gain musical understanding and be more creatively expressed.

Hey, I’m Christian Howes. 

I’m the founder of “Creative Strings“, an organization with a mission to expand music education through the creation of online curriculum, an annual summer conference, and dozens of visits to schools annually teaching improvisation, contemporary styles, and related subjects. I was voted #1 in the Downbeat Critics Poll (“Rising Stars/Violin”), named among the top three jazz violinists in the JazzTimes critics poll, and nominated for Violinist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association. More importantly, I’ve helped hundreds/thousands of musicians just like you develop the confidence and ability to…

  • Become more Functional, Creative, versatile musicians
  • Teach in a way that is more relevant to students’ current needs
  • Build careers that are more profitable without sacrificing integrity   

When you gain the understanding of a functional musician, and lean into your creativity, it changes how you feel about music, and about yourself.

By and large, you’ll be able to:

-Connect with a wider range of musicians

-Share your music and teaching with confidence 

-Develop deeper relationships with your audience and/or students

-Attract more professional opportunities


In short, you’ll be ready to thrive in this new world as a musician and/or teacher, on your own terms.

Facing my fears and joining that band 35 years ago put me in a position to keep innovating:

  • First call improvising violinist in NYC from 2000-2010
  • Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music from 2008
  • an online teaching pioneer since 2009
  • an entrepreneur, recording and composing for hundreds of films and commercials, releasing 15 of my own albums, touring the world with musical heroes, publishing courses, literature, and sheet music, coaching hundreds of musicians in career development, producing festivals and workshops, founding a successful non-profit.. .   

– Building this cutting-edge online learning experience in 2020


In short, my growth as a musician, teacher, and entrepreneur, was built on taking action, leaning into my creativity, trying new things, and putting in the work.


That’s why I’ve designed this 7-week bootcamp. Because I believe if you take action, with my support, whether in your Music, Teaching, or Career Development, you’ll be positioned to lead and keep leading

  Email chris@christianhowes.com, schedule a call, or scroll down to learn more

Does This Sound Like You?

  1. Wondering if you’ll ever learn to improvise, or play other styles of music, or find your own creative voice before you retire?
  2. Feel like you’re just so tired of the same gigs, same music, same limitations
  3. Does it seem like no one ever wants to pay what you’re worth?
  4. If you teach, is online teaching completely overwhelming?


Our project-based learning approach allows you to develop new skills while creating works you can reflect on, share, and be proud of.  I’ll help you choose your starting project(s), goals, and learning path in week one.

Our personalized online format makes it easy to focus on what you want to learn by providing:

  • A multi-week curriculum and masterclasses tailored to your needs
  • Guidance and accountability so you complete your independent creative projects and reach clear goals in your teaching, musical skills, or business.
  • For teachers who choose to license curriculum, I’ll help you craft assignments and lesson plans for your students.

Building a Strong Foundation

(Three reasons why a strong foundation is important. )Use these foundational units to begin expanding your or your students’ musical skills:

Three Foundational Units


Learn to compose, arrange, and improvise over foundational tonal chord progressions using Pachelbel’s Canon as an example. Apply the skills to your own projects, like arranging your own covers with multiple parts and more.


  • 10 play-along videos with Chris and a young student demoing exercises
  • 3 play-a-long video masterclasses with Chris
  • 3 play-a-long videos with Chris and a high school orchestra (90 minutes)
  • A printable workbook so you can work away from your computer or  instrument.
  • Backing tracks in multiple styles
  • Chord Stacks – My original visual diagrams which will help you to always choose the “right notes” from minute one. Especially if you’re classically trained, this will change the way you see harmony, forever.


Start creating your own music immediately-no theory necessary. Includes:

    • 11-part play-along series requiring no previous experience
    • 5-part play-along series requiring no previous experience
    • A list of 100 ideas for free improvisations
    • And more…

Many members record 5-20 improvisations every day using this module alone. After spending ten minutes with this module, you will be improvising freely, creatively. Guaranteed.


Record composed or improvised performances to backing tracks in various styles. These are great “mini projects” for you or your students.

Creative Strings Bootcamp

Creative Strings is a 7-week bootcamp for musicians who want to… but don’t have… and need… Fill this part in

During this 7-week bootcamp we’ve had musicians and teachers from all over the world take their personal playing, careers, and teaching to new heights. 

Hear what my students are saying:

The units gave me tools to practice developing solos over a chord progression (easy tonal improv) playing by ear (play-alongs) and ideas for how to think about free improvisation exercises (free improv unit).

Chrissy Jones

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

[After 4 weeks:]

My goals were to get myself to the next level of musical accomplishment on the fiddle, to get focused, and to overcome some of my known barriers. I've made huge strides on all these goals. I feel way more accomplished as a player and I know I'm going to seriously kill when I hit the stage.

[At the end of workshop:]

This has been a super growing experience. I'm on my way to a new level.

  • familiarity and technical ability with entire fingerboard- greatly improved!!
  • focusing on what I'm trying to achieve musically- largely accomplished.
  • increased discipline and tools to practice and continue increasing my skills- largely accomplished.
  • improved ability at different styles such as gypsy jazz and bebop- definitely on my way
  • improved creativity and soloing -I've gained more insights and shifted views that really took me to a higher level

Dave Kline
jazz/blues/rock violinist
This is for you if…
– Bullet some of what we know your customers have tried that hasn’t worked
– As well as what they want to create
– Appeal to pain and pleasure.

The 7-Week Bootcamp


Whether you’re a student, amateur, pro player or teacher, the moment you join, you’ll get…

    1. A private lesson to clarify your goals and action plan.
    2. A workbook to track progress & stay accountable.
    3. Access to our private Facebook group with step by step learning units created by me and the mentors
    4. Access to twice-weekly group classes on Zoom ( Each class is 90 minutes minimum, with replays available)


  • Extensive, comprehensive curriculum from me and other mentors
  • Twice-Weekly play-a-long group classes (90 minutes each minimum)
  • Anytime personal support through feedback  on all your practice recordings, compositions, arrangements, lesson plans, and more.
  • Private lessons, exclusive community, & much more…

Here are examples of the types of projects you or your students might make:

Fiddle Funk Low-Down Looping

"Georgia on My Mind" for String Ensemble

Improvisation for Unaccompanied Violin

You’ll also get…

Unlimited Personal Feedback on Your Progress

Post your work to get feedback from me and the mentors in your own personal thread.

This workshop has shown me how to get out of my all-improvs-sound-the-same rut. The content is well explained through videos, meetings and invaluable comments on my own uploaded videos from jazz violinist extraordinaire, Christian Howes and his team. Highly recommended!

Cathy Irons
first violinist, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra

Post from small to big projects, finished to unfinished, whenever is convenient for you.

Interactive Group


Attend fast-paced, content-packed classes twice every week. Replays available.

  • Scheduled in advance by topics
  • Curriculum taught live so you actually get it done.
  • Opportunities to perform and receive my feedback in front of the group.

As a professional musician, the highly organized musical plan of being able to understand & play improvisational music with feeling via the live zoom sessions was both highly inspiring and challenging

Michael Doucet
Grammy Award Winning VIolinist

Review- Everything You Get with Full Access:

  • The ability to focus on your goals in a project-based curriculum
  • Individualized, timely support via private online forum from me and our world-class mentors
  • Weekly Interactive Group Calls to connect with community and make sure you get it done
  • Access to premium content (the same content available at my live camps and in my online Creative Strings Academy)
  • Materials to share with your students in school-friendly formats (teacher Licensing access plans only)
  • Two private lessons or consultations
  • My extensive Premium Email Course

Meet Your Support Team

You’ll Get Diverse Perspectives from World-class Coaches

 I want you to get second and third opinions too. That’s why I’ve asked these mentors to be available to support you as well.


Canadian classical & rock double-threat


Extreme virtuoso with an extremely big heart!


Skiing Fiddler, philosopher, tune-writer, & inventor of fiddle style fusions


Freestyle eclectic singer-songwriting fiddler poet savante


Open-minded Juilliard-trained cellist destined to save the world by age 35


British-Australian bi-continental scholar, dad, and swinging fiddler extraordinaire


Changing Suzuki students lives one turntable-meets-cello beat at a time

Sign up for our November 1st- December 20th Bootcamp Today:


Individual Access:

Players Premium Access - Creative Strings Workshop Online
Players Premium Access - Creative Strings Workshop Online
The full packages: includes access to the private forum, all units, two private lessons, and live stream (Zoom) series and replays.
Price: $899.00

Players Course Only Access - Creative Strings Workshop Online
Players Course Only Access - Creative Strings Workshop Online
Includes access to all units, written materials, and 1 private lesson. (No live stream access.)

EARLY BIRD PRICING ends 11:59 PM EST on October 4 Prices will increase October 5

Price: $499.00

Players Livestream Only Access - Creative Strings Workshop Online
Players Livestream Only Access - Creative Strings Workshop Online
Access to all live-streams (Zoom) and live-stream replays for the duration of the course.

Live classes will take place Thursdays at 1 pm EST and Saturdays at 7:30 pm EST. This schedule was chosen to accommodate people in different time zones. Attendance at both sessions each week is NOT required to get a complete experience (although welcome).

Price: $399.00

Teacher Access:

(Premium Access including Lessons for Teacher PLUS permission to share materials with your students):

Teachers Access + 30 Students - Creative Strings Workshop Online
Teachers Access + 30 Students - Creative Strings Workshop Online
Receive Premium Player Access (course materials and feedback, live streams (Zoom), and lessons) for yourself. Use our premade course materials in your own teaching with up to 30 of your students.
Price: $1,195.00

Teacher Access + 60 Students | Creative Strings Online
Teacher Access + 60 Students | Creative Strings Online
Receive Premium Player Access (course materials and feedback, live streams (Zoom), and lessons) for yourself. Use our premade course materials in your own teaching with up to 60 of your students.
Price: $1,395.00

Teachers Access + 100 Students | Creative Strings Workshop Online
Teachers Access + 100 Students | Creative Strings Workshop Online
Receive Premium Player Access (course materials and feedback, live streams (Zoom), and lessons) for yourself. Use our premade course materials in your own teaching with up to 100 of your students.
Price: $1,595.00

-Teaching more than 100 students?

-Want to plan for next school year?

-Have other questions?

Schedule a call or email chris@christianhowes.com

What’s this Worth?

This can best be compared to a semester at a conservatory, where the most affordable programs are priced at a few thousand dollars

Higher end schools like Berklee, where I used to teach, cost tens of thousands.
Consider for yourself if other options really offer you:

  • this level of cutting edge curriculum.
  • real time personalized feedback.
  • the challenge and value of personalized projects.
  • a diverse community of truly committed students
  • a full seven weeks for even close to this price.

The next several years will be dedicated to internalizing your zoom classes and the handbooks. The amount of knowledge gained in 7 weeks online boot camp far outpaced 2 weeks of daily attendance at more traditional jazz camps.

Michael McWilliams

I wish that I could have taken a course like this when I was in college. Christian demonstrates on his violin with ease, explains things clearly, gives individual feedback, there's plenty of review, and he does it all with a philosophy of inclusion and encouragement.

Frances Gall
Violinist from Castlemaine, Victoria



Opened my mind

This workshop opened my mind further to what’s possible.

Elizabeth Ball - Founder of Classical Kicks

Super Happy

I'm super happy with all of the information and resources. The workshop gave me a lot of information that I can work on for years

Kalina Jankova - Music Entrepreneur and Educator

Great Workshop

This workshop has been great! I’m learning a lot, and I feel really motivated to work on the topics.

Nicole McKenzie - Co-director of Sandcastle Music Together

A Teacher that Understands

Thanks Christian Howes for providing this amazing platform. I'm so happy and relieved to have found a teacher that understands the frustrations of coming from a rigid classical background, and more importantly one who knows a way out into a wider world!!

Sarah Cross - Conservatorium van Amsterdam Alumni

If you have a question, Email  chris@christianhowes.com, or schedule a call

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Develop Your Creative Portfolio

If you are focused on growing your career as a player or teacher, you’ll be able to use your projects to promote your offerings and get more of the gigs/students you want.  Part of the reason to invest in developing your creative works is so you and others can celebrate it.
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Thanks Chris!


Give Awesome Projects to Your Students

Teachers who choose our Licensing plans have the ability to share course materials directly with students and get them working on projects of their own, either solo or in groups. These courses would otherwise normally cost thousands for your district. click here to sign-up now

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