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Colourstrings has been a core part of state music education in Finland for more than
30 years and was the first approach to offer a musical education to young children
in the UK. It is an internationally respected approach to teaching music to young
children. Colourstrings is an extension of the Kodály philosophy -
Colourstrings is a child-
The children have lots of fun singing, clapping, marching, exploring percussion instruments and using various props and materials. They don’t realise that the songs have been carefully chosen to explore different musical concepts such as pitch, pulse, rhythm, tempo, mood and character, dynamics, form and structure.
The core repertoire of a Colourstrings class is the Singing Rascals books. These
colourful, beautifully illustrated books are an endless source of fun for young children
and the songs have been carefully composed to develop musicality, inner hearing and
By the age of 5 or 6 children who have attended sessions from an early age have the basics of reading and writing stick notation and are beginning to sight sing. With this imbedded understanding and love for music, children are then ready to move on to starting an instrument.
Adapted from the Colourstrings UK website, see www.colourstrings.co.uk for more information
Other Colourstrings classes further afield:
Ashford and Tenterden