Ask the Teacher - Jane Metcalfe

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The violin and viola pedagogue discusses how harmonics and singing can help to build a sound technique

When did you start using the Colourstrings teaching method?

I became involved with the approach nearly 20 years ago, after going to a seminar on the Kodály method. The children there sang multi-part music accurately without accompaniment, and I was riveted. Colourstrings stems from principles introduced into teaching by Kodály, so I went on some Colourstrings training courses and introduced the approach into my violin and viola teaching. My pupils range in age from 6 to 17. Even if they have begun with a different method, I can use many of the ideas and techniques to help them with any issues they may have.

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