- inspiring children to love music,
- enabling children to express themselves through music
- bringing children together to share music
- allowing music to nurture the whole child
Colourstrings music classes for young children
I teach Colourstrings music kindergarten classes for small age-related groups of babies and children up to 6 years old and larger groups of children in Early Years settings and Primary KS1.
Colourstrings is a much respected form of music education created by Geza Szilvay which follows the principles of the great Hungarian composer and music educator Zoltán Kodály who insisted that music is accessible to everybody and that “only the best is good enough for a child”.
The Colourstrings songs and games give families a kind of musical vocabulary which they can share, enjoy and play with at home.
Singing and dancing are as essential to childhood as laughter and stories
The children enter an imaginative musical world as they meet all sorts of characters and sing and play along with their stories.
Based on a repertoire of folk song and classical music, activities include singing, dancing, rhymes and chants, musical games, playing tuned and untuned percussion, listening, improvising, performing alone and in groups.
Activities are carefully designed to develop inner hearing, pulse and rhythm, pitch and tuning, dexterity and coordination, listening, creativity, self-expression and social skills.
This gentle and imaginative development of musicianship, skills and basic notation is excellent preparation for taking up a musical instrument.
“The characteristics of a good musician can be summarized as follows:
- A well-trained ear.
- A well-trained intelligence.
- A well-trained heart.
- A well-trained hand.
All four must develop together, in constant equilibrium.” Zoltán Kodály
“Music must not be approached from its intellectual, rational side, nor should it be conveyed to the child as a system of algebraic symbols, or as the secret writing of a language with which he has no connection. The way should be paved for direct intuition. ….. Often a single experience will open the young soul to music for a whole lifetime.” Zoltán Kodály