The Training

The three-stage teacher-training program offers a profound knowledge of the Colourstrings© method.

 

The training program is directed at:

  • Teachers who have already taught using the Colourstrings© method and now wish to deepen their knowledge
  • Teachers who wish to learn the Colourstrings© method

 

Before entering the 3-Phase training program we strongly recommend participating in a Colourstrings© Introduction or Colourstrings© Basic course.

Duration

6-7 days

 

Admission requirements

No admission requirements.
Previous knowledge of Colourstrings© is not necessary.

 

Contents

The intensive course introduces the basic Colourstrings© teaching material and the Colourstrings© philosophy, which is based on Zoltan Kodaly’s pedagogic principles.

It includes workshops on instrumental teaching, methodology, relative Solmisation and ensemble playing. Participants will be thoroughly advised how to use the Colourstrings© material.

 

The next Phase I course will be held in Helsinki, Finland 5th to 10th of August 2016. The application form will be available shortly.

Duration

2-3 days

 

Admission requirements

  • Completion of Phase I or completion of a comparable Colourstrings© Course
  • App. 50 lessons of teaching per pupil (with at least 3 different pupils) covering Colourstrings© books A and B Sonatini, Duettini and Kreutzerini  (estimated time about 1-2 years)
  • Being familiar with each page of the Violin Books A and B, Sonatini, Duettini and Kreutzerini
  • Understanding of the basic principles of:
    • Bow guiding
    • Molding right and left hand positions
    • Introducing Vibrato

 

Content

The participants are teaching children in a workshop situation and are supervised by the teacher trainers.

 

Teaching material during the workshops:
exercises and pieces of Colourstrings© Books A and B as well as the “Duettini”,  “Sonatini” and Kreutzerini

 

Workshops on relative Solmisation

 

The time and place of the next Phase IIA course will be announced later.

Duration
2-3 days

 

Admission requirements

Completion of Phase I and IIA

App. 50 lessons of teaching per pupil (with at least 3 different pupils) covering Coloustrings books C and D, Sonatini, Rascals 1 and 2 and Scales for children 1 (estimated time after IIA about 1-2 years)

Being familiar with each page of the Violin Books C and D, Sonatini, Kreutzerini, CS scales 1, Rascals 1 and 2

 

Contents

The participants are teaching children in a workshop situation and are supervised by the teacher trainers.

Teaching material during the workshops: Colourstrings Books C and D, Sonatini, Rascals Books 1 and 2 and Scales for children 1.

Workshops on relative Solmisation

 

The time and place of the next Phase IIB course will be announced later.

Duration
6-7 days

 

Location
Phase III takes place at the East Helsinki Music Institute / Finland, where the Colourstrings© approach was developed.

 

Admission requirements

Completion of Phase I, IIA and IIB

 

Deepening the knowledge in Books A-D and all the accompanying material (estimated time after IIB about 1-2 years)

 

Basic knowledge in Books E and F and Yellow pages I-III and the chamber music and orchestra material

 

Sending video recordings

 

At the latest six months before enrolling Phase III the participants send a data file (DVD, SD card, USB key etc.) with video recordings of their own Colourstrings© lessons to:

 

The Colourstrings Association
c/o East Helsinki Music Institute
Kreijarinkuja 4
00820 Helsinki, Finland

 

The video recordings must include

Pieces or exercises of free choice from the Colourstrings© Books A, B, C and D, recorded with students of level A, B, C and D during their normal lesson

  • Teaching of scales and Kreutzerini
  • Students performing in public pieces of free choice from the Colourstrings© Rascals Books, Sonatini or Duettini books
  • The duration should be between 20-30 minutes, including group and individual teaching.

 

Members of the Colourstrings™ tutors team will comment on the video recordings and give advice particularly in:

  • Appropriate and relaxed playing positions
  • Intonation and rhythm quality
  • Sound quality including the facility of the bow, phrasing and musicality
  • “Inner hearing” of the students

 

Content of the phase in Helsinki

The participants observe individual and group lessons and are offered the possibility to coach and conduct Colourstrings©-trained children or youth orchestras.

 

Lectures and Workshops introduce and analyze the advanced teaching material Colourstrings© Yellow pages 1, 2, and 3 and Books E and F in playing and teaching, as well as the Colourstrings© chamber music material.

 

Applicants are invited to the 3rd phase by the Colourstrings© teacher trainer team based on the teaching videos or are advised to deepen their Colourstrings© experience still for a while before applying to the 3rd phase.

 

Growth and development take time.

Learning takes practice.

Take your time!

 

Become a certified Colourstrings© teacher in 4-5 years!

 

The time and place of the next Phase III course will be announced later.

Granting of the Colourstrings© Teachers Certification

 

Requirements

Completion of the Phases I, IIA, IIB and III

  • Previous completion of a tertiary pedagogic or artistic study of a string instrument or any other proof of high-level instrumental skills (such as a membership in a professional orchestra, teaching position at a state music school etc.)
  • Teaching experience with the Colourstrings© method (app. 350 lessons with own students covering Colourstrings© Books A,B,C,D, Sonatini, Duettini, Kreutzerini, Colourstrings© Scales for children and the Rascal Books)

 

Please send a short “Colourstrings Curriculum Vitae” answering the questions mentioned below to the Colourstrings Association, c/o East Helsinki Music Institute, Kreijarinkuja 4, 00820 Helsinki, Finland.

  • How long and where have you been teaching Colourstrings©?
  • How many students have you been teaching using Colourstrings©?
  • How many Colourstrings© courses (besides Phase I – III) did you attend (please include dates and locations)?
  • Have you observed teaching at the East Helsinki Music Institute besides Phase III, if yes: when and for how long?

 

Having fulfilled all the requirements the Colourstrings© tutors will grant the Colourstrings© Teachers Certificate.

 

The Colourstrings© Teachers Certificate entitles the holder to use the title – “Certified Colourstrings™ Teacher CCT”.