Colourstrings Training Courses for Teachers

Colourstrings Australia actively endorses and supports the formal training courses for Colourstrings Teachers offered in Australia, the UK, Finland and elsewhere.


Colourstrings Teacher Training Courses with Géza & Csaba Szilvay, July 1 – 10, 2016, ANU School of Music, Canberra

Colourstrings Teacher Training Courses are also offered by Sound Thinking Australia in Brisbane at All Hallows School, Fortitude Valley. The course is delivered in 3 parts, over 3 years, during the first fortnight in January each year. It is fully accredited by the Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia (KMEIA), and participants who pass the rigorous assessment requirements can apply to be awarded the Australian Kodály Certificate in Colourstrings. Practitioners with this certificate are eligible to receive significant credit towards:

1) the Master of Education Degree at the University of New England in Armidale, and

2) courses at the Kodály Institute at the Liszt Academy in Hungary. Currently, the course is delivered by Dr David Banney, in conjunction with other leading Kodály Music Educators such as Dr James Cuskelly (Brisbane) and Dr László Nemes (Director of the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary).


Courses are offered by the Szilvay Foundation and Colourstrings International at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Cobham, Surrey (outer suburban south-west London). The course is also delivered in three phases. It is delivered by Géza Szilvay and Yvonne Frye (violin), Pirkko Simojoki (viola), Csaba Szilvay (cello), Lasse Lagercrantz (double bass) and David Vinden (Kodály Musicianship).

EUROPE (Finland, Austria, Hungary)

Courses are offered by the Colourstrings Association in Finland, in Helsinki, St Paul Lavanttal (Austria), and Kecskemét (Hungary). Delivered in three phases, the course is also run by Géza Szilvay and Yvonne Frye (violin), Pirkko Simojoki (viola), Csaba Szilvay (cello), Lasse Lagercrantz (double bass) and David Vinden (Kodály Musicianship). The course for 2016 will be held at the East Helsinki Music Institute from 5 – 11 August (see

Before considering enrolling in a formal teacher training course, those interested in teaching Colourstrings are advised to arrange to visit an established practitioner to observe lessons and work in progress with Colourstrings students. Most Australian Colourstrings teachers are or have been mentored by a more experienced practitioner at some stage. Contact one of the following internationally accredited Colourstrings teachers about observing in their studios.