What is Colourstrings?
Colourstrings is a world-renowned approach to music education. It was developed in Finland in the 1970s by Dr Géza Szilvay, a Hungarian-born violinist, as an approach to string teaching. This evolved to form Colourstrings Music Kindergarten, a method of teaching young children music, which is used worldwide today.
Colourstrings music education is based on the principles of Zoltán Kodály, a Hungarian composer, educator and ethnomusicologist who developed a systematic approach to music learning through singing and folksong.
Kodály believed that children should learn the fundamental elements of music through singing games and rhymes, before learning an instrument.
What makes Colourstrings different?
“He who begins life with music will have this reflecting on his future like golden sunshine.”
- Zoltán Kodály
"Colourstrings is a family-centred and a child-centred educational philosophy, programme and technique which, with the help of music, desires to strengthen a happy childhood."
- Dr. Geza Szilvay, founder of Colourstrings
“Colourstrings classes have been a lovely way to introduce my daughter and son to different kinds of music, beat and rhythm. Yvonne has a great rapport with the children (and parents!) which makes for a relaxed, fun atmosphere. We’ve all really enjoyed singing, playing various instruments and dancing our way through these classes - I’ll definitely be taking my youngest daughter along to Colourstrings too.”
- Jill, mum to Olivia, Ruairidh and Francesca