Kodály Summer School
Colourstrings Methodology Workshops
The Colourstrings approach to music teaching represents the finest opportunity for children to be taught musicianship skills in the early years. These courses are linked and progressive and participants will be required to allocate each afternoon to the same course.
Introduction to Colourstrings Music Kindergarten
Colourstrings is an internationally recognised approach to music education which was developed in the 1970s by Hungarian brothers Géza and Csaba Szilvay, who are well known string players and educators the world over. The Colourstrings approach to music teaching is based on Kodály principles and represents the finest opportunity for young children to be taught musicianship skills in the early years.
This 5-day introductory course forms the first part of training as a certified Colourstrings Music Kindergarten Teacher. It is suitable for musicians and early years practitioners who wish to teach music in an early years setting. Course content will include: The philosophy of Colourstrings; Kodály methodology; Child psychology; Lesson planning; Repertoire for babies and young children; Dance and movement workshops.
Colourstrings Music Kindergarten Phase 1
The Phase 1 course forms the second part of training to become a certified Colourstrings Music Kindergarten Teacher. It is suitable for people who have already attended the 5-day Introduction to Colourstrings Music Kindergarten Course.
Course content will include: A detailed look at the Singing Rascals repertoire; Discussion on Child Psychology and Child Development; Lesson planning and delivery; Teaching for different stages of development; Repertoire for babies and young children; Dalcroze principles, dance and movement workshops; Introducing notation; Links to instrumental teaching; Musicianship training and assessment.
Colourstrings Violin Teacher Training Course
It is essential, particularly in the early years, that instrumental teaching is of the highest quality. These formative first years are crucial for the child’s future in music. The Colourstrings approach, developed by Géza and Csaba Szilvay and built on the philosophy, ethnomusicology and pedagogy of Zoltán Kodály, creates a firm musical foundation for the child. At the very beginning of learning to play an instrument the child will master the elements on which nearly all of the later musical and technical requirements are based. Through Colourstrings, children receive a ‘musical parcel’ which encompasses the development of technical skills, a trained ear, a deep understanding of music and outstanding expressional skills in music.
Course participants will be given an intensive and enlightening introduction into all the basic Colourstrings teaching material, including the chamber music and orchestral repertoire. This course will cover Colourstrings Violin School teaching repertoire: volumes A, B, C, D, Kreutzerini Scales 1 and the related chamber music material (Duettini, Sonatini, Chamber Music for Young String Players, “Rascals” performing pieces, Violin duos and Colourful music for strings). Participants will be shown how to use the books and discuss how to teach Colourstrings both individually or to a group. Sessions will cover technical, musical, and theoretical difficulties a teacher may face, as well as developing experience in instrumental teaching with young children.