About Colourstrings

The Colourstrings approach was developed in Finland in the 1970's by Hungarian born brothers, musicians and teachers Geza and Csaba Szilvay. They based their teaching on the principles of Hungarian composer and educator Zoltan Kodaly who believed that children should sing and learn basic musical concepts before learning an instrument.


"To teach a child an instrument without first giving him preparatory training and without developing singing, reading and dictating to the highest level along with the playing is to build upon sand."
Zoltan Kodaly


Colourstrings began as an approach to teaching violin and cello to young children and it is from here that the Kindergarten (pre-school) approach was developed.  The Colourstrings approach has gone on to become an important part of the Finnish education system and is widely recognised around the world for its high quality music education.


What sets Colourstrings apart from other music classes?

Colourstrings classes, as well as being fun and engaging, offer a high quality, structured and progressive music education for early years children.  Attending the classes develops a strong musical foundation on which to base any future music learning.

As well as developing musical skills at a Colourstrings class, other skills in a child's early years development are enhanced.  Research shows that actively learning music as a young child can help to develop:

Language, literacy and numeracy skills
Social and emotional development
Motor skills and co-ordination
Listening skills
Creativity and imagination


Colourstrings is an approach to music education which is internationally respected and highly regarded by music educators and musicians.


It is not a franchise. Colourstrings Teachers are music graduates who have trained for a minimum of 1 year to attain the Colourstrings teaching qualification.