August 8, 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…

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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.


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

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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 independent creative projects (or assign them to your students!)

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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
Here’s some examples of projects you or your students might make:

Fiddle Funk Low-Down Looping

“Georgia on My Mind” for String Ensemble

Improvisation for Unaccompanied Violin

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

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 perform for feedback 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.

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

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)

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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

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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..

Efficient 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

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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…

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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

Who’s it For?

Classical Musicians Looking to Branch Out

Players That Want to Expand Beyond Classical
Players That Want to Expand Beyond Classical
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Adult Amateurs

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…and everyone else too!

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.

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

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 Fall Session (Sept 1- Oct 15)

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

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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: $1,295.00

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: $1,495.00

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: $1,695.00

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-Teaching more than 100 students?

-Want to plan for next school year?

-Have other questions?

Schedule a call to ask me anything or email me at chris@christianhowes.com


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

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

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

Opened my mind

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

Elizabeth Ball - Founder of Classical Kicks

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Chris is extremely generous in sharing his knowledge and insights. He is extremely talented as a performer and teacher and I feel very fortunate to have attended this class.

Heather Lander
Cellist from Australia

Very inspirational. CAN'T GET ENOUGH! Has given me lots of ideas on what to work on. I now feel I can move forward creating interesting loops. I know how to learn a piece in a way that will allow me to comp better.

Lorenz Weston-Salzer

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Dave Kline
jazz/blues/rock violinist

Chris is a genius creative teacher -- i've rarely seen his level of expansive creativity- it's super inspiring. I've not practiced much in a while, but he has me inspired to play my violin again for fun. I'm just getting so much enjoyment from this- it's so inspiring to take the zooms, and really fun to see what others are doing on fb.

Lori Trew
Orchestra Teacher

A Game-Changer

This workshop has been a game-changer for me. In a short amount of time, I've made huge leaps forward in my playing and grown in confidence. I'm finding that I'm utilizing elements of what I've learnt in everything I do, from creating, to teaching and facilitating, to singing rhythmic patterns as I'm washing up!

Fritha Jenkins
Associate Lecturer at University of the Arts, London

I wanted to start to feel more comfortable with improv and genres outside of classical. This camp was a great stepping stone to getting my feet wet. There is so much to do still but I at least feel like I have a much better understanding of direction and how to move forward in regards to improv, harmony, rhythm, etc.

Gabrielle Fischler

Simple Steps

The simple steps offered--identify triad chord tones, play chord tones, use inner voices to move between chord tones-- make achieving some success a faster process.

Sandra Woolley

Total Fun

Playing in 5 and 7 has improved my rhythm and is total fun! Recording my improvisations helps me to be more creative and is total FUN. I'll probably be drilling I, IV, V, I for a long time. But it's FUN!! Playing scales and chords in extended range is a more FUN way to practice and has helped me understand harmony and know the fingerboard better than I ever learned in music school. I've also always been afraid to play by ear, but have improved by playing along with your videos. It's humbling and FUN!

Belinda Swanson

Love the drip course!

I gained inspiration and am starting to learn the freedom and joy of the non-classical approach. Love the drip course!

Anna Helgadottir