The Creative Strings Academy is a home study course providing easy online training with personalized feedback to help you become a more creative musician. With 24/7 access to over 200+ instructional videos, e-books, backing tracks, and other course materials, you’ll receive clear guidance from Christian Howes, a former Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music and one of the world’s most respected improvising violinists.


The Creative Strings Academy is right for you if:

  1. Screen Shot 2015-12-21 at 4.24.24 PMYou want to develop comfort or mastery in tonal improvisation, free improvisation, composition, and arranging. You want to become creatively expressed and develop your distinctive musical voice.
  2. You want to more quickly and effectively internalize harmony, voice-leading, scales, modes, and put them into practice. (Many of us studied theory in classical training but it’s uses can be limited)
  3. You want to become fluent in contemporary styles so you can jam along with the band at your church, drum circle, co-write for an indie rock band, sit in with a jazz group, get comfortable at bluegrass sessions, or create original YouTube covers.
  4. You want to be comfortable with the use of amplification and effects.
  5. You want to get gigs and take your career to the next level.
  6. Technical proficiency: Do you simply want feedback from a solid coach to help you overcome blocks your technique on your instrument?
  7. Teachers: You want age-appropriate sequences to add to your bad of tricks.


If any of these apply to you, take the tour of the Creative Strings Academy and/or register below for our 30-day free trial.

For a limited time only: Receive a free introductory private lesson with Christian when you sign up for the free trial here! Simply sign up and you will receive an email with scheduling instructions.



Become a fluent improvisor in contemporary styles:

  • Gain the ability to improvise easily in jazz, blues, rock, and other styles.
  • Make Youtube covers with your own creative, signature style
  • Develop the ability to fit into various bands, accompany singers, perform unaccompanied, arrange music for your own group, follow lead sheets, and more.


Learn to use effects and other technology for strings:

  • Make mashups, arrangements, remixes, and develop fluency with looping, loop pedals, and the use of other effects.


Improve your ears:

  • Recognize chord progressions, create bass lines, accompany and harmonize.


Get more gigs:

  • Proficiency with new skills will make you more employable as a teacher and performer.
  • Increase your bookings and income with practical business advice from one of the most in-demand violinists on the scene. Many of Christian’s students are successfully touring, recording, arranging, and thriving in small and big cities around the world, and Christian regularly consults Academy members on career development.
  • Improve your teaching studio – Bring your teaching into compliance with the national standards in teaching improvisation, arranging, composition, and more.


With over 200 instructional video lessons, eBooks, backing tracks and other course materials, you’ll get an immense value as a member, including immediate access to download all of my books including “Jazz Scales for Violin, Viola, and Cello“, The Jazz Violin Harmony Handbook“, “Arpeggios for Violin, Viola, and Cello“, and “The Electric Violin Training Kit” all totally free the moment you register.

Watch a sample of one of the over 200 lessons below on “Extended Techniques: Going beyond ‘The Chop'”:



About Christian Howes – Violinist/Educator

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A versatile performer in rock, jazz, blues, classical, and fiddle styles, he was awarded First Place (“Rising Stars / Violin”) in the 2011 Downbeat Critics Poll and nominated for “Violinist of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association. In 2012 he was named by the Jazz Times Critics Poll as one of the world’s top three jazz violinists. He has recorded 13 albums, tours the world extensively (including a recent 6-night run at Lincoln Center), and has performed/recorded with Les Paul, Bill Evans, Victor Wooten, Paquito D’Rivera, Bela Fleck, Dafnis Prieto, Robben Ford, Sam Bush, Richard Galliano, Spyro Gyra, and a long list of A-List musicians in jazz and other styles. As an educator specializing in teaching improvisation, harmony, and contemporary styles to classically trained string players, he has helped thousands of string players and teachers at schools, orchestras, and conferences worldwide.