December 11, 2010

Alternative Styles String Workshops and Residencies For Schools

A group learning to play jazz violin

Christian regularly visits schools, universities, youth orchestras, and private studios as a clinician and guest performer, teaching improvisation and composition to classically trained string players and teachers. He also offers extensive online curriculum tailored for teachers who want to provide instruction in harmony, improvisation, and composition.


Watch this short video to see highlights of his residency near Kansas City, Missouri:

When Christian visits your program he can also do teacher training, master classes, media relations, fundraising, and other outreach. Contact him directly at to discuss  clinics, multi-day residencies,  guest performances, and online curriculum or streaming lessons for your class.

Teacher Testimonials

“I tried out some of Christian Howes’ improvisation exercises/games on our kids last Friday. They LOVED them, and I also got to witness our very click-ish 7th grade class come together in a big cluster after class was over and continue playing the games. I was so surprised and really touched when I saw one of our students who never (ever!) gets included with others in the class (he has a speech impediment), play and interact along with the group for the first time all semester.”
– String teacher, North Carolina
“The students still talk about the experience. Recently, one of our alumni attending U of Washington mentioned that while he could not fit in orchestra, he found a group of students that he “jams” with. He stated how all of this started with you.”
– String teacher, Washington


Contact Chris at to discuss potential educational outreach activities at your school or studio.

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