May 12, 2020

Are you ready to change the way you play and think about music?



  • Extensive, comprehensive curriculum developed from my 20+ years of experience
  • Weekly play-a-long group classes (2 hours)
  • Support and advice on recording your compositions, arrangements, and improvised performances
  • Private lessons, exclusive community, & much more…

Join now and get a head start with our 70+ members in our current term!

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Starting Out…

Whether you’re a student, amateur, pro player or teacher, we’ve got something for you. The moment you join, you’ll get…

  1. an introductory private lesson to clarify your goals and choose your first project(s).
  2. a workbook to track progress & stay accountable.
  3. access to our private Facebook group with ready-to-go units created by me and the mentors
  4. Access to weekly group classes on Zoom (replays available)

Throughout the term you’ll be able to attend group classes, access all units and course materials, and complete your projects with anytime feedback. At the end, you’ll receive a second private lesson.


I've been doing this for 4 weeks now. 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.

Dave Kline - professional jazz/blues/rock violinist

You’ll also get long form lesson articles dripped out in emails to keep you motivated and inspired . One member said it was good for reading in bed. If you’re familiar with emails to my list of 14,000 followers, these premium emails take it to another level.

Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning allows you to develop new skills while creating lasting content that you can be proud of. Pick your starting project and path in week one and go from there.

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

  • A multi-week curriculum and master classes tailored to your needs
  • Guidance and accountability as you complete your (or your students’) independent creative projects
  • Players |Develop Your Creative Portfolio

    Use your finished projects to market your brand and get more of the gigs you want. Invest in developing your creative voice so you and others can celebrate it. click here to sign-up now

    Teachers | Give Awesome Projects to Your Students

    Share course materials directly with students and get them working on projects of their own! They can work either solo or in small teams. These courses would otherwise normally cost thousands for your district. click here to sign-up now

    You, or your students, can make mini-projects, or medium to bigger projects like these below.

    Fiddle Funk Low-Down Looping

    “Georgia on My Mind” for String Ensemble

    Improvisation for Unaccompanied Violin

    Unlimited Personal Feedback on Your Progress

    For each step you take, post your work to get feedback from me and the mentors in your own personal thread.

    Post whatever you want, whenever is convenient for you!

    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

    Interactive Group Classes

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

    • Scheduled in advance by topics
    • Curriculum taught live so you actually get it done- because you set it in your calendar and show up.
    • Opportunities to receive masterclass-style coaching (you perform in front of the group).

    Three Foundational Units

    New to improv? Or just looking to really build a solid foundation? Consider making your first project based on one of these units:


    Learn to compose, arranger, or improvise over foundational tonal chord progressions using Pachelbel’s Canon as an example. Apply your newfound skills to your own projects, like arranging your own song covers (complete with multiple parts!) and more.


    • 10 play-along videos with Chris with 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
    • A printable workbook so you can work away from your computer, or even your instrument!
    • Backing tracks in multiple styles
    • and more…


    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 current members are recording 5-25 improvisations every day using this course right now.


    Record composed or improvised performances to backing tracks in various styles. Perfect “mini projects” for you or your students. Check out the example and feedback below

    Additional Resources

    Ready for more? You’ll get access to multiple additional units with resources covering diverse stylistic interests and applications like: (click on topic for description)

    Advanced Jazz Harmony

    Whether learn bebop scales and play fast lines over jazz standards.
    Dive into melodic minor for a Gypsy Jazz or modern sound.
    Master blending pentatonic scales together to make your lines sound more interesting.

    Bossa and Samba

    Perform beautiful melodies in these gentle, accessible, Brazilian styles.


    Internalize rhythms, scales, forms, and a few key secrets that no one else will teach you.


    Master the anatomy of rock licks and style. Jam out to piees like “Little Wing” by Jimi Hendrix


    Learn tunes by ear or by sheet music. Learn how to apply stylistic bowings or how to accompany, solo, and chop if you want.

    Modal Improv

    Learn to improve using modes. Useful for rock, blues, fiddle styles, jazz and more..

    Efficience Practice

    Learn how to incorporate harmony, rhythm, and improv into your technical warm-ups for increased gains in less time.

    Rhythmic Internalization

    Develop your sense of groove in styles beyond classical

    In short, you’ll have access to the most extensive course curriculum in the world of creative string playing. It’s been developed and expanded upon for over 15 years in Creative Strings Academy, with the difference that this is a guided bootcamp, so you actually get it done.

    This course will also show you how to teach & market online
    You’ll see how I efficiently automate, batch process, provide personalization, content, and accountability online, as someone who has done it for 15 years. I’ll actively teach these strategies, so you’ll be able to gain confidence teaching online.

    I’ll also show you many of the tactics and strategies I used to develop my brand and build my audience, whether you want to acquire more gigs from bandleaders, tour, teach, or grow your fan base…

    Diverse Perspectives from World-class Coaches

    I have strong opinions, but I want you to get second and third opinions too. That’s why I’ve asked…


    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

    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 access only)
    • Two private lessons

    What’s this Worth?

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

    Higher end schools like Berklee, where I used to teach, cost tens of thousands, without the level of flexibility and access to curriculum we are offering.
    Sign up and decide 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 full seven weeks for even close to this price.

    My Guarantee:

    Show up, schedule a lesson, and post within seven days. If you’re not satisfied, I’ll refund you and keep just $50 for the first private lesson.

    Registering now for the Summer Session (July 1-August 15)

    Join now and get a head start with our 70+ members in our current term!

    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 series.
    Price: $699.00

    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.)
    Price: $499.00

    Players Livestream Only Access - Creative Strings Workshop Online
    Players Livestream Only Access - Creative Strings Workshop Online
    Access to all live-streams and live-stream replays for the duration of the course. (2 live-streams per week)
    Price: $299.00

    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, live streams, and lessons) for yourself. Get premade course materials to use in your own teaching with up to 30 of your students.
    Price: $995.00

    Teacher Access + 60 Students | Creative Strings Online
    Teacher Access + 60 Students | Creative Strings Online
    Receive Premium Player Access (course materials, live streams, and lessons) for yourself. Get premade course materials to use in your own teaching with up to 60 of your students.
    Price: $1,195.00

    Teachers Access + 100 Students | Creative Strings Workshop Online
    Teachers Access + 100 Students | Creative Strings Workshop Online
    Receive Premium Player Access (course materials, live streams, and lessons) for yourself. Get premade course materials to use in your own teaching with up to 100 of your students.
    Price: $1,395.00

    -Teaching more than 100 students?

    -Want to plan for next school year?

    -Have other questions?

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