September 21, 2009

Become a Total, Creative Musician

If you are a string player seeking to become a more total, creative musician, start here:

If you’re ready to dive further in, continue here:

  1. Creative Strings Academy – A home study course with over 200 multi-media instructional resources. Try it free now and get a free private Skype lesson.

  2. Instructional books, videos, CDs, and more – à la carte literature, lesson videos, and downloadable courses

  3. The Creative Strings Blog and YouTube Channel – Free articles, podcasts, and videos updated weekly.

  4. The Creative Strings Workshop – Our one-of-a-kind summer conference where adults and teens develop alongside world class improvising string players has now extended to workshops held around the world.

  5. Educational outreach – Clinics, residencies, and collaborative guest performances at your school or studio.

Teacher Testimonial

“I tried out some of Christian Howes’ improvisation exercises/games on our kids last Friday. They LOVED them… I was so surprised and really touched when I saw one of our students play along with the group for the first time...”

Student Testimonials

“The way you talked about music just really made sense to me in a way that it never has before.”

“Having Christian Howes come and help us made me recognize what it was I loved about music, not because he is a professional but because he shares that love for music that I do.”

“It was wonderful seeing so many people break their classical boundaries and simply play out the music of their hearts. Throughout the pieces, group unity was notably improved from rehearsals. Also, our intonation and tone quality were strikingly mature. This was truly an eye-opening experience. Music means something different for our orchestra’s members now, and this is something we should cherish for the rest of our musical endeavors.”

String teachers offer feedback following a teacher training session in the video below:


christian howes teaching improvisation to classical string players

I wanted to expose my kids, both violin players, to things I missed during my classical training. This ultimately led me to develop extensive curriculum.
The ability to improvise, compose and appreciate many styles of music adds to the joy of being a musician.
Questions? Contact me, Christian Howes, at:
614-332-8689 [email protected]


Creative Strings is a non-profit organization with a mission to support music education through outreach, summer conference, and online curriculum.