When I was 16, my friends started a rock band.
I remember thinking, “I’m not creative like them”. That thought crushed me.
I wondered, “What if I could learn to be Creative”? I joined the band, and kept joining bands – from blues, Jazz, folk, gospel, pop, Latin….I eventually forged my own sound, career path, and teaching method.
I help musicians like you develop the ability to
-Become more creative and versatile in your music or teaching
-Build sustainable careers
When you decide that your development is worth fully investing in, you’ll be able to:
-Connect with a wider range of musicians
-Share your music and teaching with confidence
-Attract more professional opportunities
Making that commitment 35 years ago put me in a position to keep innovating as:
–Top call violinist in NYC
-Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music
-an online teaching pioneer since 2009
-recording/composing for hundreds of films and commercials, 16 of my own albums, touring the world with my heroes, publishing, producing festivals and workshops, founding a non-profit, and much more.
You wonder if you'll ever learn to improvise, play other styles, or find your own creative voice before you retire
You're tired of the same gigs, same music, same limitations.
Even though you've been a musician for years you still aren't getting paid what you're worth.
And to my teachers... are you overwhelmed by having to navigate this new world of online teaching?
Creative Strings Workshop Online is a 7-week bootcamp for musicians who want to go to their next level, don’t want another degree, and need structure to clear the most pressing blocks holding them back.
During this bootcamp we’ve had musicians and teachers from all over the world take their personal playing, careers, and teaching to new heights.
Whether you’re a student, amateur, pro player or teacher, the moment you join, you’ll get…
–1-1 lesson or consults to clarify your goals and action plan.
–A workbook to track progress & stay accountable.
–Fourteen 2-hour+ Zoom Group Classes (minimum of 90 minutes each, w/ replays available)
-Access to our private Facebook group with extensive curriculum from me and other mentors
Personal feedback on your submissions, work samples, and questions
Our project-based approach allows you to gain 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.
This makes it easy to focus on the highest yielding activities to reach your goals by providing:
-A multi-week curriculum tailored to your needs
-Guidance and accountability related to your teaching, musicianship, and/or business.
-Teachers who choose our licensing plan get ready-made assignments and lesson plans for your students.
Teach online efficiently
Attract & engage new students
Teach more skills relevant to your students
Develop your creative voice
Become a more versatile, functional, and confident musician
Attract a more consistent stream of better projects, clients, and income
You’ll get units covering musical, pedagogical, and career-related applications like: (click on topic for description)
Learn to compose, arrange, and improvise over foundational tonal chord progressions. Apply the skills to your own projects, like arranging your own covers with multiple parts and more.
Start creating your own music immediately-no theory necessary. Includes:
After spending ten minutes with this module, you will be improvising freely, creatively. Guaranteed. Many members record 5-20 improvisations every day using this module alone.
Record composed or improvised performances to backing tracks in various styles. These are great “mini projects” for you or your students.
1. Music Styles
How to use bebop scales to play fast, burning lines over jazz and other styles.
Dive into melodic minor for a Gypsy Jazz or modern sound.
Master blending pentatonic scales together to make your lines sound richer in Blues and related styles.
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.
3. Modal Improv
Learn to improve using modes. Useful for rock, blues, fiddle styles, jazz and more..
4. Efficient Practice
Learn how to incorporate harmony, rhythm, and improv into your technical warm-ups for increased gains in less time.
5. Rhythmic Internalization
Develop your sense of groove in styles beyond classical
Most teachers are working harder teaching online. It doesn’t have to be that way.
Learn the exact online teaching strategies I’ve used for 12 years by restructuring your teaching to
You will learn (amongst other things):
How to make a single piece of content to attract new students, leverage existing students, & create recurring revenue if you’re self-employed.
How to create an engaged student community in minutes, increasing value & saving time.
How to effectively run and sell group classes, 1-1 lessons, online courses and more.
5 easy steps to “Flip Your Classroom”. Instead of teaching lessons live and giving homework, students learn the lesson at home, from a piece of media, and then you help them refine and improve live
The Ripple Effects of Flipping the Classroom
There are 5 steps, which when combined, make flipping your classroom or studio optimal, using only free technologies that everyone knows.
When you do these things, you will:
If teaching online feels hard, you should not miss this opportunity to flip your classroom or studio.
Entrepreneurs: I’ll show you the tactics and strategies I use to
In short, you’ll have access to the most extensive course curriculum in the world of creative string playing. Developed for over 15 years in Creative Strings Academy, the difference is that this is a guided bootcamp, so you actually get it done.
Post small to big projects, finished to unfinished, whenever is convenient for you.
Attend fast-paced, content-packed classes twice every week. Replays available.
Comparable to a semester of 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 whether other options can offer you:
Access to the private Facebook group and associated learning materials will begin July 12th. The first Zoom class will be July 15th.
Live classes will take place Thursdays at 12 noon or 1 pm EST (TBD) 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).
(Premium Access including Lessons for Teacher PLUS permission to share materials with your students):
For teachers who want to use Creative Strings materials in their classroom or studio.
Every Thursday at 12-2 pm US Eastern
Every Saturday at 7:30- 9:30 pm US Eastern
****Classes often go longer than 2 hours.
For six months following the end of the course.
Yes you can ask questions anytime and there are masterclass-style 1-1 coaching opportunities following the first 90 minutes of every group class.
Yes. You’ll receive unlimited personal feedback from me via our secret FB group. When you post video, audio, or written work examples or questions, I respond within 48 hrs or sooner. If you choose not to use the FB group or have something private to share you can email me.
Schedule at your convenience on my calendar. These allow me to help you orient your goals and practice routines throughout the course so you get the most out of it.
Drop in to ask me questions on Zoom at specified times. Come and go as you like during office hours.
following each group class.
A project-based approach allows you to gain 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.
Projects can include practice excerpts, short improvisations, arrangements, recordings, as well as lesson plans for teachers or marketing materials for freelancers.
That’s fine! You can share privately via email. Many people find FB useful for getting the most out of this course. You do not need to share your public profile to benefit.
The course is designed for participants to choose any of these according to their goals. We have separate times and places to discuss the topics you are most interested in.
During our private consults we will narrow in on the goals that are important to you and I will support you in choosing a path to reach them.
Yes. Not only will we have special guest teachers for portions of Zoom Group Classes; you’ll receive access to our mentors via the FB group and some of their curriculum.
I offer VIP packages for private coaching. I recommend the course as a typical first step, and/but I am happy to provide info on our limited premium packages. Reach out to email@example.com
Lessons, inspiration, and accountability.
Early Registration Price ranges from $399 and up.
****** If you are a Teacher you can join any of the plans.
Join the premium access plan specifically for your own PD.
Join the licensing plan if you’d like the ability to share step by step curriculum and lesson plans directly with students.
-Schools/Districts often sponsor teachers to participate. Ask us if you need help getting support from your school.
If you join the licensing plan it allows you to share curriculum, courses, and work-books directly with your students in privacy-approved formats.
You’ll get my personal support in overseeing your students’ work. I’ll also show you how to flip the classroom, i.e., teach efficiently/effectively online. Custom curriculum is possible as well for your students. You do not have to join the licensing plan to gain from the course as a teacher.
Yes. I will be happy to meet with you personally to answer any questions via phone or Zoom. Schedule 1-1 exploratory call with me at this LINK (acuity) or text me (in USA/CAN) at 614-332-8689