It is one word, and it has changed
the concept of music education:
Colourstrings has an excellent reputation worldwide for providing quality music education
for children, in an intuitive and enjoyable way,
from music kindergarten to conservatoire level.
There is a huge demand for
Colourstrings-trained teachers for instrumental teaching and music kindergarten in state schools, public schools and in private teaching.
So many teachers tell us that when applying
for a job, a frequently asked question is,
“Do you have any Colourstrings training?”
Become a part of the growing Colourstrings family.
"The contribution that
Colourstrings makes to early years' education has been invaluable… The
part that Colourstrings will play in the future is of vital importance
to the cultural life of this country"
Nicolas Chisholm, former Headmaster, The
Yehudi Menuhin School
"Colourstrings is an exceptional
method in the training of young musicians and I have yet to experience a
more successful approach to developing musicianship, aural awareness and
solid musical principles in the very young"
Derek Aviss, Trinity
College of Music
"Colourstrings is simply an
outstanding education in itself. The founders and teachers have
recognised that fundamentally all human beings are born musical, and
that this natural ability can easily be harnessed for the benefit of the
individual and of society.
Every child going through
Colourstrings acquires an acute ear and makes rapid progress on their
chosen instrument, as well as singing in tune and performing confidently
in public. The Colourstrings method is making a significant contribution
to the lives of hundreds of young musicians."
Jonathan Haswell, Producer, BBC
Classical Music TV & Colourstrings Parent
"Colourstrings is brilliant, fun and
old, Pupil at Colourstrings Saturday Music School
Colourstrings was the first to offer music education from a very young
age in the UK and is the only approach that can be used all the way up
to conservatoire level. In Finland it has been a core part of the state
music education for more than thirty years and is now an internationally
respected way of teaching music to children. Many local education
authorities in Britain are now introducing Colourstrings into their
Colourstrings is child-centred. The materials are colourful,
stimulating and entice children to embark on musical adventures that
will enable each of them to fulfil their musical potential through fun
and creativity, without pressure. It
is an extension of the
Kodály philosophy: everything starts with singing to develop inner
hearing. Central to the approach is the role of play and imagination –
often the value of play can be overlooked in the rush to get on with the
start at 18 months and involve most of the senses,
taking the children on a musical journey.
The children relish having fun, singing, clapping, marching, and
socialising, without realising that the songs used in the kindergarten
classes have been carefully composed to explore the different musical
concepts - rhythm, pitch, melody, dynamics, tempo, character, form and
style - in an enjoyable and stimulating but structured way.
this ultimately leads to an intrinsic understanding and love of music.
By the age of 5 or 6, children are learning to sight sing, along with
the basics of reading and writing stick notation. It is at this stage
that they can choose an instrument to learn.
of this being a daunting prospect, children are reassured to find the
same melodies that they are familiar with reappearing in their
instrumental lessons. This gives them a vital confidence and feeling of
success from the very first time they pick up an instrument.
first instrumental lesson, children are encouraged to perform, compose
and improvise while also reading and writing musical notation.
Szilvay Foundation is a charity set up to promote the Colourstrings
approach and provide teacher training. It has been training teachers in
this country for nearly 20 years, and has educated thousands of
children. The charity also runs projects in private and state schools
throughout the UK and Ireland and provides INSET training.
copyright: The Szilvay Foundation, 2011
The Szilvay Foundation - registered charity no. 1062822