Christian Howes Violin Teacher

Teachers: How to engage students creatively and make it interesting for you

String teachers often ask me these two related questions, “How can I make violin teaching more interesting for myself?” “How can I teach violin creatively, helping students to learn harmony, arranging, and improvisation?” The simplest answer to the question for me is this: Make music with your students. Specifically, accompany your violin students. Whether you Read more about Teachers: How to engage students creatively and make it interesting for you[…]

Crossing a River of Suck

You have to suck at something before you can be good at it. It's at once obvious and confounding.  This interview from the River of Suck podcast between Andy Reiner and Cedric Easton, recorded live from the Creative Strings Workshop in Columbus, perfectly wraps up the focus of the past season for me. Read on Read more about Crossing a River of Suck[…]
Regina Carter Creative Strings Podcast

Regina Carter/ Jazz Violinist: In Her Own Words – Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 32

Jazz Violinist Regina Carter gives a rare extensive candid interview, diving into her inspiring beginnings as a stand-alone jazz violinist, jumping to jazz from classical training, inspiring stories of encouraging mentors, and also, her tender experiences of supporting her mother and other loved ones through music. A recipient of the MacArthur (AKA “genius”) Award, Regina Read more about Regina Carter/ Jazz Violinist: In Her Own Words – Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 32[…]

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Intersections: Classical, Jazz, & Flamenco w/ Pablo Martín Caminero – Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 25

In Creative Strings Podcast Episode 25  we take a look at many of Pablo’s compositions and play samples along with his commentary on:
>- Clavé as a mantra
>- Fear in classical music
>- The academizing of jazz

Songwriting Strategies: A 360 Degree Approach (Part 1) with Mark Simos – Creative Strings Podcast Ep.14

In the first of a two part interview, I sat down with my former colleague at the Berklee College of Music, Mark Simos, to discuss the strategies featured in his book Songwriting Strategies: A 360-Degree Approach.