It’s about you. I’ll explain…
It’s about you. I’ll explain…
Musicians who want to close skill gaps and enjoy music again.
Teachers who want to provide training relevant for their students.
My double degree came from a state university and the streets.
I know what it’s like to be an underdog.
I you’re curious you can read my full back story here.
the common denominator in every equation of your life is you…
If so, you’ll want an effective method.
Arts & Education Enthusiasts
Connect with Creative Strings to transform the culture of music education.
Want different outcomes from your practice, teaching, or career?
It’s easier to notice external factors than to look within and admit, “I haven’t been scheduling time to figure out how to practice a better way”, or “I haven’t set clear goals aligned with my vision, but I could.”
You are enough wherever you’re at right now.
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In August 2011, Christian was ranked as the #1 “Rising Star” violinist in the Downbeat Critics Poll and nominated for the Jazz Journalists Association’s “Violinist Of The Year”. In 2012, he was voted among the top three violinists in JazzTimes’ “Expanded Critics Poll“. The same year, he received the Residency Partner Award from Chamber Music America for his educational outreach with school orchestra programs. In 2013 he performed six nights under his own name at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Howes toured Ukraine (June 2014) and Montenegro (Spring 2015) at the invitation of the U.S. State Department, and in conjunction with the USArtists award from the Mid Atlantic Foundation.After releasing a string of independent releases as a leader, he signed with Resonance Records in 2008 and released four critically acclaimed albums. The first, “Heartfelt”, featuring pianist Roger Kellaway, showcases ballads and lyrical works. “Out of the Blue,” released in 2010, features guitarist Robben Ford, and demonstrates a wide range of sensibilities steeped in the blues. His 2012 release, “Southern Exposure,” featuring accordionist Richard Galliano, draws from a Hispanic sphere of influence. “American Spirit” was released in 2015, garnering a “Best of 2015” recognition from the Huffington Post, among other critical acclaim. In 2001, he founded the Creative Strings Workshop and Festival, which convenes during the first week of July every year in Columbus, Ohio. Says Howes, “The Creative Strings Workshop and Festival offers string players from Columbus and around the world an opportunity to study improvisation, composition, and styles outside the realm of classical music, while bringing the city of Columbus a plethora of talent and musical energy.” The annual summer conference is now in its 17th year, and draws participants from all corners of the earth, and it has since expanded into satellite locations around the world. Six events will be held in 2019 in Switzerland, Toronto, Dallas, Lincoln, Nebraska, and Asheville, NC. Howes also launched an online curriculum in 2011, the “Creative Strings Academy,” which is the largest resource of its kind, providing extensive curriculum for string players exploring jazz and improvised music. In 2014, Christian formalized his educational initiatives with the founding of Creative Strings, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the expansion and improvement of music education. Through Creative Strings, Christian regularly visits school orchestra programs offering residencies combining collaborative performances with interactive clinics, rehearsals, and teacher training. He typically visits over 50 schools annually. Creative Strings also administers the podcast and annual workshops.
Since 2007, he has also built an innovative online production business, which provides live string sections to music producers worldwide via a remote, collaborative orchestra.
His Music Biz Mastermind courses took hold in 2015 and are now offered several times annually, helping working musicians design their careers while growing their impact.An active blogger, podcaster, and video content creator, he is frequently engaged to speak regarding music education and music business. He has worked with homeless, at-risk, and prison populations, as well as humanities departments at universities, incorporating diverse social causes and character education into his broad, inspirational message.
Electric Violins & Strings:
Amplifiers: Fishman Loudbox, Acoustic Image, or AER
Effects Pedal: Boss ME-70
Loop Pedals: Boss RC-300 Loop Station
For gear-related questions:
– call my trusted source ElectricViolinShop at 919-806-3311. Tell them I sent you. A human will personally answer your questions.
– see this video or listen to this podcast.