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Creative Strings Podcast with Violinist Christian Howes
55 minutes | Jul 20, 2022
Resourcing "Thrive City" tuition-free programs w/ Violinist/Pastor John "Adidam" Littlejohn
John "Adidam" Littlejohn shares how he resources his high-level tuition-free string camp www.stringbootcamp.com and how he balances/approaches life as a minister, educator, and violinist. 00:00 Intro 00:52 Thrive City String Bootcamp 05:39 Advanced seminar 11:04 Origins of camp 14:09 Teaching in inner-city schools 15:50 Where to apply 19:41 Instructors and space 25:12 Inspiration 26:53 Being a pastor and musician 31:20 Music is ministry 33:00 Day-to-day life 34:41 Putting in the time and effort 38:27 Entrepreneurship and God 42:55 What can a non-believer learn from faith? 47:17 Get outside yourself 50:54 Looking for ways to help others 52:44 Closing
47 minutes | Jun 14, 2022
Opportunities for Musicians to Thrive in the Health Space with Aaron Colverson
In this episode, Chris talks to violinist and PhD-candidate Aaron Colverson about his musical journey and areas where musicians can impact the health space. 00:00 Intro 01:14 Opportunities for musicians in the health space 04:55 Are there ways of getting involved in music in a therapeutic sense and get paid? 10:19 How to get in touch with Aaron 11:45 Road from performance to academia 12:59 Moving to Kenya 16:57 You have to spend the time to figure out who you are in the music space 18:18 How does a musician afford a masters program 19:29 Relationships are more important than a CV 21:17 How have you matured in perspective? 25:27 How can we feel comfortable enough with ourselves to keep asking for the gig? 30:29 How can you overcome the pressure of comparing yourself to others? 32:38 Reframing your approach 37:23 Importance of empathy 41:50 Identity introvert vs extrovert 45:24 Closing
28 minutes | Mar 4, 2022
The Role of Artists in War; How One Ukrainian Violinist Copes & Supports His Country
Violinist Kostia Lukyniuk shares his perspective from Ukraine. Find the full show notes here: https://christianhowes.com/2022/03/04/creative-strings-podcast-episode-49-the-role-of-artists-during-war-with-ukranian-violinist-kostia-lukyniuk/ Ukrainian-born Kostia Lukyniuk is an accomplished soloist and chamber musician with a multi-genre approach to violin playing. He made his solo debut in 2009 with the Chernivtsi Philharmonic Orchestra after winning 1st Prize in the International Youth Music Competition. Since then, he has won various other musical competitions and performed concerts and solo recitals throughout his home country of Ukraine and neighboring countries Romania, Russia, and Czech Republic. Follow Kostia: https://www.kostiaviolin.com/ Instagram: @kostia_violin TikTok: @kostiaviolin Facebook: @kostia.violin YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw1fK9mtTrQZX5JqWsqsNVQ Kostia asked that we provide this link for people around the world to support Ukraine: https://quip.com/SxBaALA94uQf/Ukraine-at-War
65 minutes | Mar 3, 2022
Violin Pioneer Karen Briggs and the Music of Edgar Redmond.
In this special interview, the legendary pioneering violinist Karen Briggs shares how she has approached her incredible career- and there are so many great stories she shares. Also, we’ll hear new recordings of music composed by Michael Redmond’s father, Edgar Redmond. Edgar Redmond was a composer ahead of his time who wrote Jazz and Blues for string ensembles plus rhythm section, as well as for full orchestra. Michael has commissioned these new recordings, some of which feature Karen Briggs as a soloist. And very importantly, orchestras and orchestra programs will want to buy this music to perform. Additional Notes: Orchestral Suite, “Transition in Black” conducted by Zoltán Pad Evidence & listing of Edgar Redmond having “Transition in Black” world premiered and performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in 1973 at the Music Center in L.A. with Zubin Mehta as conductor: https://www.jstor.org/stable/1214466 ASTA Article: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/000313137102100311 https://www.flashcardmachine.com/jazz4.html Transition in Black: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Hx3WlWHW-VRjthFATj9az5YX7VzktKCX/view?usp=sharing Edgar Redmond Supplemental Materials: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1E3hbQsOnSWbk2oh0XwDQvpb6VMl2ot2W/view?usp=sharing Website: https://www.edredmondmusic.com/
51 minutes | Jan 18, 2022
Balancing Musical Goals and incorporating creativity in the Orchestra Classroom with Austin Scelzo
How to teach more to your students without burning out? How to prioritize your own musical goals without sacrificing too much of your time. The key is a Flexible mindset and Creative strategies to get the balance you want. Austin Scelzo is an exemplar of a young person taking courageous steps in that direction- making moves in his music and career and contributing in huge ways to his communities along the way. Violinist and teacher Austin Scelzo talks with Chris about the innovations he made in the classroom, how he’s balanced his competing desires to be a teacher and performer, the transition from working for a school to working for himself, and how he’s taken on such a range of musical goals.
16 minutes | Jan 4, 2022
How to Become a More Confident & Happy Musician
5 ways to help improve your relationship with music and the thing at the core of it all. Get my free masterclass at www.christianhowes.com/education
49 minutes | Nov 15, 2021
On Teaching Adult Students With Marlene Cruz Lozano
Join us with Guest Speaker and former Creative Strings Workshop participant Marlene Cruz Lozano as she talks about her new studio, Violin Bootcamp, which centers adult women violin students, their goals, and needs.
47 minutes | Nov 15, 2021
Mindful Practice with Caleigh Drane & William Seiji Marsh
Join us with Guest Speakers Caleigh Drane & William Seiji Marsh as we discuss how to conquer your stage fright and better achieve your musical goals through mindfulness and mindful practice.
78 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Fiddler Casey Driessen on Collaboration, Rhythm, and Drawing Musical Language from Otherlands
Fiddlers Casey Driessen and Christian Howes discuss extensive clips from Casey’s album Otherlands. We talk about chopping/rhythm, and other aspects of musical collaboration for fiddlers and string players who want to expand their creative voice, musical community, and career or lifestyle. We play a tune together as well in this hour-long interview. Find more at www.christianhowes.com
50 minutes | May 24, 2021
Personal Branding and the Modern Classical Musician w/ Drew Alexander Forde (ThatViolaKid)
Join us with Guest Speaker Drew Alexander Forde (ThatViolaKid) as we talk about his work as a violist, composer, entrepreneur, and social media wizard. Violist Drew Alexander Forde has a reputation not only as an accomplished performer but also as one of classical music’s most recognizable online brands. He is the co-host of Faking Notes Podcast and an acclaimed expert in classical music’s social media and brand building with an Instagram following to over 118,000 people. Check out his website, thatviolakid.com .
36 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
Music Therapy Techniques for Teachers & Performers w/ Raquel Ravaglioli
Music therapy techniques in teaching strings.with Raquel Ravaglioli, a board-certified music therapist, music instructor, and professional violinist. Raquel talks about being balanced while helping others find their personal and musical niche, through building strong professional relationships. To learn more and connect with Raquel Ravaglioli see her website here: http://raquelchristinemusic.com/ See her faculty page at Marietta College here: https://www.marietta.edu/person/raquel-ravaglioli American Music Therapy Association definition of music therapy: “The clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.” 04:15 - Why should we care about music therapy? 06:52 - Self awareness in teaching and the benefits it leads in all areas 08:08 - What is music therapy? 09:13 - Therapeutic Considerations 11:23 - Positive Psychology - Choosing your words and addressing what your student’s capabilities are in a positive way 13:40 - The importance of consistency in teaching 14:18 - Ways to deal with behavioral challenges of students in the classroom 20:41 - What’s the importance of self-awareness? 22:09 - Video recording as a tool for self-awareness when practicing. 23:46 - How students use and view their practice time 25:57 - How does a teaching philosophy relate to using music therapy? 28:35 - Careers for music therapists More Creative Strings Podcast Interviews: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6By1KZHRO2IsWNiV4uMkViHTj1zCqVOG Thanks to Yamaha and Electric Violin Shop for sponsoring the Creative Strings Podcast
75 minutes | Sep 14, 2020
"SuperNova”: A Genre-Hopping Explosion of the Suzuki Violin Repertoire with composer, David Cutler
Composer David Cutler discussed reimagining Suzuki Violin book 1 with new arrangements of the famous pieces in many styles.
20 minutes | Sep 1, 2020
How To Really Teach Music Online Easily and Effectively - Creative Strings Podcast Ep.40
In this episode of the Creative Strings Podcast Christian Howes dives into techniques for easily and effectively teaching music online.
21 minutes | Mar 27, 2020
The Art of the Hustle for Musicians- how to pivot during hard times. Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 39
How to Sell & Offer ANY Freelance services right now (for musicians, music teachers or anyone just trying to figure out ways to get work) Mindset- My attitude: I am not proud. I will dig ditches, wash dishes, or do anything necessary to survive. We can a) resign ourselves to defeat and give up b) lash out c) TRY to overcome. I prefer C. Obviously it is preferable to find work at higher hourly rates or generate passive income than working for $15 per hour. But if necessary, I will work for $15 per hour, or even on a volunteer basis, especially if that work affords any chance of Leveraging more opportunities. When Testing a new work/volunteer activity, dip a toe in the water. Do it once. Offer to do it for just a short period. What Kinds of Work Can You Do? Brainstorm a list of services you can provide. Write down everything. Ask someone you trust to offer you additional ideas and/or give their feedback on your list. Post your list here for feedback (in your personal post comment thread) One Time Free- I built my entire career on the "one time free" model. It's a great way to show people what you can do, and generate recurring revenue or repeat clients. -If you offer a one-time Free lesson, make the lesson 20 minutes instead of 60. if you offer to show up on someone else's live-stream, limit the time involved, or do it once as a test to see what kind of feedback you receive. Offer to do some kind of work for a new client as a "sample". It could be 5-20 minutes of your time. One free performance. One free consultation or lesson. One time free editing a paragraph of someone's copy. Free Youtube videos with call to action for people to hire you. Free emails (containing anything valuable from teaching to inspiration) w call to action Free performances on IG with links to hire your services
61 minutes | Dec 27, 2019
From classical violist to rockstar influencer w Andrea Whitt - Creative Strings Podcast Ep 38
Andrea Whitt is a musician who is living the dream. She tours the world with rock stars, manages her own fashion blog, produces fine art, and plays a variety of instruments in a variety of styles. Given the common wisdom that string players must start by age six to have a chance at success, she has defied the odds ever since starting the viola in public school at 8 years old. Listen to this full episode to hear the inspiring story of a classical musician who has gone on to create an extraordinary career. In the interview we cover: How she began developing other musical skills alongside her classical training How putting herself through college also gave her skills to help her survive and make it in L.A. What skills she learned and nurtured beyond music How she managed to grow new skills while staying focused on many passions and ultimately tying them together in a multi-facted career and lifestyle how she explored beyond classical music in college and what was that like, i.e. doing all the orchestra rep and classical track but also starting to work on other musical skills? How she got her big breaks with gigs with Shania Twain and Zuccero Farinacci (the Brcue Springtein of Europe). What she learned from touring the world with rock stars.
80 minutes | Sep 13, 2019
Hamilton Hardin on Becoming a Complete Musician - Creative Strings Podcast Episode 37
Hamilton Hardin on Becoming a Complete Musician: Any Genre, Any Instrument Have you ever worked hard learning a jazz tune with all its 9ths, 13ths, half-diminished-whatevers, only to flip on the radio and hear a pop song with the same 4 chords over and over? Some musicians wonder how jazz and other styles are so complex but it’s the basic pop that sells mainstream. If you asked multi-instrumentalist and accomplished jazz musician, Hamilton Hardin, if he’d ever enter the pop world, he says he would have simply laughed. That’s why he surprised himself by serving as vice president of A&R (artists and repertoire), a multi-million dollar record label specializing in pop music. In this episode of Creative Strings Podcast, Hamilton reveals what makes pop music so appealing, how he gained a respect for the genre and what its like being producer, mixer, sound engineer, and editor for famous talent. This podcast also includes topics such as -What it’s like playing not 1 but 13(!) instruments -Why Hamilton practices first WITHOUT his instrument -How you can develop a “good ear” -Tips to grow your music business -The inside scoop behind his album “Just Wanna Say.” -Many stories, laughs, and inspiring moments When growing up, Hamilton Hardin was considered a music prodigy, touring Europe while playing everything from jazz to gospel in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Soon after, he arrived in Nashville, performed as a jazz session musician for singer Wendy Moten who happened to introduce him to legendary songwriter, David Porter. When Porter decided to launch his own music studio in Memphis, he turned to Hardin, offered him a critical job- vice president of Artists and Repertoire, the side of the music house responsible for recruiting and developing talent.
27 minutes | Apr 25, 2019
How to Join a Band and Play Confidently In New Styles of Music - Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 36
If you’re a classical musician who would like to join a band and play confidently in new styles of music, I put together a checklist to make it less overwhelming, The checklist will give you a few things: How to know when and what to play. How to avoid "writers block", i.e., the feeling of having no idea what to do. How to avoid getting "in a rut", i.e., finding yourself always repeating the same few ideas How to make the other musicians you work with feel really comfortable and always want to call you back
71 minutes | Mar 21, 2019
Jean Luc Ponty on Jazz, Violin, & Musicianship: Creative Strings Podcast Episode 35
In my full interview with Jean Luc Ponty for the Creative Strings Podcast, we explore key points in his development, musical conception, elements of his violin playing, the state of the music industry in general, and more. For example, how he started playing jazz on violin, the influence of Stuff Smith, the role of the bow arm in improvisation, changes in the world of classical violin, attitudes about touring and music as a career, ways in which the music business has changed, and much more. View the full show notes at www.christianhowes.com/
46 minutes | Jan 7, 2019
Joan Griffing: Music for Peace Making & Reconciliation - Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 34
When I was growing up people used to say that you should go into music only if you feel you don't have a choice. For those of us that made that choice to go into music, we were inspired by this feeling that we must do it. We had a passion, that kept us awake at night, kept us in the practice room, kept us developing new skills... That's why we went into music. The thing is, when people get out of college and they get into the real life of being a musician the drudgery often sets in. So how do we keep that passion alive? How do we re-articulate why we play music as it looks different through different phases of our life or career? The reason could change. Music could become less or more important to us, for different reasons. I think it's really important for us to ask those questions because ultimately we want to feel fulfilled by whatever we do. Any music in our life can be integrated with our own personal development and with whatever contribution we're trying to make to our communities Getting to the heart of these types of questions and telling stories about how different musicians grapple with this is what motivates me to want to bring this podcast out. This episode's guest is an amazing example of someone who has done this. Dr. Joan Griffing is a classical violinist and has taught at the private collegiate level for many years, with her current position as the Tim and Gail Buchanan Endowed Chair of the Fine Arts Division at Friends University. She's been a freelance orchestral chamber player and soloist for many years. Part of what I think is so interesting about her story is that she chose at this point in her career to take a sabbatical and make a journey to uncover deeper meanings for what it is to be a musician. You'll hear in this interview how she went to New Zealand and how she learned there about ways in which music is being used for peace and reconciliation. Prison reforms and to create healing between individuals in conflict and between cultures in conflict. It's a really fascinating story. Check out the full blog post here: https://christianhowes.com/2019/01/07/dr-joan-griffing-on-music-in-peace-conflict-creative-strings-podcast-ep-34/
42 minutes | Sep 26, 2018
Stash Wyslouch: Audacity and the Creative Process - Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 33
To be human is to make stuff; creativity is natural. Yet it feels incredibly risky to put our creative work out there for people to vote up or down. It feels personal, like people may accept or reject us. We're drawn to the ideas and voices of people who have the courage to take that risk and make something distinctive. Beyond possessing courage, you could say artists who do this consistently are audacious. Stash Wyslouch is a walking billboard of musical audacity; his music combines elements of thrash metal, old time fiddle, jazz, and the avant-garde. You've got to hear his music to believe it. Delightful. Shocking. Raw. Human. We put together a collage of his work + interview in the new Creative Strings Podcast. Bookmark it and listen whenever you want to be amazed and delighted. If you love it, share, subscribe, or leave a review. Check out the full blog post and video here: https://christianhowes.com/2018/09/26/stash-wyslouch-creative-strings-podcast-ep-33/
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