Creative Strings Workshop: Training in Contemp. Styles & Improv.

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Creative Strings Workshop: Training in Contemp. Styles & Improv.

June 1 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Are you ready to change the way you make music?

Creative Strings Workshop: World-Renowned Training in Contemporary Styles and Improvisation

Perfect for string players and teachers of all ages looking to:
*Confidently navigate improvisation, contemporary styles, and related subject’s
*Attract a wider variety of professional opportunities
*Expand your comfort zone beyond classical
*Increase the relevancy of your curriculum
*Reach and serve a wider range of students in your studio or group classes

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Early Bird Bookings $180 (booked before March 1st).
$220 (before May 1st but after March 1st)
$260 (if booked after May 1st)

This week-long festival pushed me out of my comfort zone, introduced me to musicians from all around the world, and helped me grow beyond my wildest dreams. I still get goosebumps thinking about all of the magical late-night jam sessions that inspired us to make music until dawn.”
Angelita Eugenia J Teacher and Violinist

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Our Story, Your Story
Think of the possibilities. You’re sitting in a room alongside others who need no introduction to how you think. They don’t just understand it- they live it every day. These are the people who can help you make your vision a reality.
This is Creative Strings Workshop.

18 years ago, it began with a vision to connect innovators in the string playing community.
It’s become a catalyst of a global community—a destination where purpose-driven artists converge to charge the soul.

This is something you’ve simply got to experience.
• Grow Your Mindset- Step out of your routine to experience new breakthroughs.
• Connect- Find like-minded creative spirits, potential collaborators, and maybe even new BFFs.
• Collaborate- Interact with inspiring teachers and peers. Together, you will expand your belief in what’s possible.
• Be Inspired- When you’re there; there’s just something in the air. It changes you.
• Find Opportunity- Use your newfound skills and knowledge to seize exciting new opportunities.
• Contribute- Come, learn, take, and give back to your students and community.

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I’m floored and grateful for all Chris’s very helpful advice. I’ve heard nothing about the best about Chris and that certainly shows here. His advice is heartfelt, generous and cogent.”
Stefanie Stellars Musician, Educator

Frequently Asked Questions
Are these events suitable for my age, background, and level?
Most events are suitable for ages 14 and up, and open to a wide range of levels including teens, college, seniors, professional players, teachers, and amateurs. Parents, please contact us first.
We welcome players of all backgrounds, whether classical, fiddling, or other!
Previous experience playing or teaching improvisation or contemporary styles is NOT required.

What if I’m already “super advance” at classical, jazz, or fiddle styles? Will I be challenged?
Can you play Giant Steps at 250BPM improvising double stops without repeating yourself?
Can you play Sally Goodin at fast tempo in any key and any position?
You will be challenged.

Can I receive professional development funding for these events?
Yes. We are recognized and/or have worked in conjunction with many prominent educational associations, including American String Teachers Association, Ohio Music Educators, North Carolina Music Educators, Suzuki Association of Americas,
We are happy to provide documentation for you to help you apply for funding through your school, employer, city/state, or association

Christian Howes appears courtesy of the Rodger Fox / Wellington Jazz Orchestra Inc. New Zealand Tour – Jazz Gala 2020
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Creative Strings is a non-profit organisation with a mission to support music education through outreach, summer conference, and online curriculum.

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June 1
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Judi Smitheram
027 454 3885


Chisnallwood intermediate School
76 Breezes Road
Christchurch, 8061 New Zealand
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