April 28, 2012

School Performances and Outreach Programming

Give your string program a breakthrough experience.

Christian’s “Creative Strings” residencies include hands-on workshops, online learning, teacher training, and collaborative concerts in which your students delve into improvisation, composition, contemporary styles, music technology, and more.

Why Christian Howes?

A former Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music, Christian is widely established as one of the world’s most respected jazz violinists. A Suzuki-trained, accomplished classical violinist as well, he brings a unique perspective enabling him to help classically trained string players and teachers broaden their knowledge and skills. His cohesive curriculum in improvisation, composition, eclectic styles, and strings technology is geared for students and teachers to take away actionable knowledge. 90% of his workshops involve students with instruments in hand.


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

Unlike some guest artist programs, Christian’s “Creative Strings” experience emphasizes student-centered workshops and collaborative performances which are not only fun, but also highly artistic and educational. Participating students become inspired and motivated while developing confidence, knowledge, and new skills. Students develop skill in improvisation, composition, eclectic styles, and related subjects through sequential exercises with instruments in hands. Teachers and students receive online learning modules in advance of Christian’s visit including instructional videos, backing tracks, quizzes, and lesson plans.


Watch this short video documenting a Creative Strings residency in public schools near Kansas City


Why it’s necessary:

With seventeen full-time remaining American orchestras, the need for classical musicians to diversify is self-evident. Music education programs 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.

Download this guide for a detailed description of clinics.


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

You’ll have the full support of Christian and his team before and after the residency. Managing over 50 school visits per year, we provide support in logistics, promotion, and programming. Our vested interest is in partnering to create successful events for teachers, students, families, and communities.


Our sponsors, Yamaha and D’Addario have provided resources 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 in some cases.

School Performance Programs:

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

Email or call Tiffany Goodman[email protected] // 773.283.2830

First, we’ll work with you in planning a time for Christian to come into your school.  Once a date is chosen, you’ll receive your unique login for the Creative Strings Academy so you and your students can dive headfirst into the online curriculum.

We will work closely with you to promote, schedule,and program, and when Christian visits there will be a mutually agreed itinerary to serve the needs of your district including teacher training, k-12 student workshops and/or assemblies, and any media appearances.

All of this will culminate into a final performance which will highlight the students. Christian will also perform during the concert, but the concert is very student-centered. The event is an opportunity to fundraise, promote your program, recruit, and nurture support from your community.



Email/call Tiffany Goodman to inquire about a Christian Howes- Creative Strings residency. [email protected] – 773-283-2830