Become a Total, Creative Musician

Join a workshop; Try online training; Book an event at your school/studio.

  1. Creative Strings Academy – A home study course with over 200 instructional resources.

  2. Instructional books and videos,  – à la carte downloadable literature & courses.

  3.  Creative Strings Blog and YouTube Channel – Free articles, podcasts, & videos updated regularly.

  4. Creative Strings Workshop – Our one-of-a-kind summer conference where adults & teens work alongside trailblazing creative musicians has expanded to locations worldwide.

  5. Educational outreach – Clinics, residencies, & 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.”

“Christian 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. 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:


christian howes teaching improvisation to classical string players

I want my kids, both violin players, to be exposed to ideas I missed out on in my classical training.
I want them to know that 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.