Welcome to Creative Strings

We provide professional development for string teachers & players.

WANT TO GROW...​

… INTO A MORE CREATIVE, VERSATILE STRING PLAYER?

    Creative Strings is dedicated to the expansion and improvement of music education, with a focus on the development of curriculum and programs for classically trained string players and teachers to expand their skills as creative musicians.

    How can we help

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    Workshops and Professional Development

    Immerse yourself in small ensemble coaching, classes, jam sessions and concerts spanning jazz, rock, world, fiddle styles, and more. Our Creative Strings Workshop welcomes students, pros, and teachers.

    Educational Outreach

    Visits to k-12 and college orchestra programs featuring workshops and collaborative concerts.

    CREATIVE STRINGS PODCAST

    Exploring intersections between creativity, music education, string playing, DIY music business, and culture.

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    Our Mission

    Our mission is to (1) provide a variety of educational outreach programs focusing on the advancement of contemporary string music and string pedagogy for violinists, violists, cellists, and bass players and teachers; (2) to present a series of concerts for the general public featuring a variety of exceptional artists from diverse cultural backgrounds performing an eclectic range of musical genres, including, but not limited to, classical, world, jazz, fiddle styles, rock, and blues.

    PLAY ALONG

    Get Involved

    There are many ways to help our cause

    Donate

    Contributions can be directed towards use for scholarships, guest artists, outreach activities, promotion, or operating costs.

    Volunteer

    Volunteers and in-kind support are welcome.

    Latest News

    Creative Strings is dedicated to the advancement of contemporary string education through a variety of resources. Here you will find materials to further your playing, through podcasts, educational videos, case studies, and more.

    Founder

    Christian Howes is a widely-respected jazz violinist, and a Suzuki-trained, accomplished classical violinist as well. His dual background enables him to connect with traditional orchestral players with curriculum that is relevant to their needs.