The Colourstrings Method emerged as a teaching material to develop visual and auditory ways of introducing music and violin to the child, based on the principles of Kodaly’s system. It is an instrumental method created in Finland by the Hungarian-born violin pedagogue, Professor Geza Szilvay (b. 1943). The method is a child-centered violin approach that aims to educate the child as a whole with their cognitive, affective and psychomotor behaviors and to develop their critical thinking skills and creativity. This study was aimed at describing the Colourstring Method, which has aroused international attention, has become widespread in the world and has been adapted to other string instruments. To this end, the basic principles of Geza Szilvay and the Colourstring method were examined. The study was carried out with qualitative research method, and literature review was done by using multiple data collection means, such as observations, interviews, audio-visual materials, documents and reports. The existing literature on violin education methods provides no studies on the Colourstrings Method. Therefore, the present study is deemed important for enriching the literature and guiding future researchers regarding this particular issue. It is expected that increased knowledge of music educators and prospective music teachers about this method and researchers’ new insight into the method will contribute to the field and future studies will be beneficial.
Keywords: Colourstring method, geza szilvay, violin education