The Colourstrings Association (Colourstrings ry) was founded in 2009 in Helsinki, Finland. It is devoted to the the Colourstrings© methodology, the internationally established and successful string teaching method developed at the East-Helsinki Music Institute, by Géza and Csaba Szilvay. 


To keep up a consistent high standard of teaching, the association has developed a three step teacher training system with the unique Colourstrings Certification, awarded at each step of achievement.

The highly experienced teachers of the association’s board have gained their own education, directly from the founder of the Colourstrings© methodology Géza Szilvay.

The association’s main purpose is to organize, facilitate and co-ordinate Colourstrings© Teacher Training courses, and lectures in co-operation with various partner organizations around the world.

Members of the board (2019-20)

Géza Szilvay (artistic and pedagogical manager)

Csilla Tuhkanen (chairman)

Heidi Viksten (treasurer)

Noora Voima (secretary)

Yvonne Frye (member)

Valerie Lassfolk (member)

Membership of the association is open to everybody interested in instrumental string teaching, pedagogic and music education, as well as the Colourstrings© method.

Membership benefits

  • Regular information about Colourstrings projects and new releases of CS materials by e-mail.
  • 15 % reduction on Colourstrings material ordered through Fennica Gehrman webshop. Members of the association will receive a code with which they can purchase CS material with 15 % reduction during the month of August.
  • Possibility to get advice in questions concerning CS teaching from experienced CS teachers
The membership fee is 25 euros per year.
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