A New Approach to Violin Playing

"I was privileged to witness the teaching of a method of violin playing, entirely new to me, which I believe is capable of revolutionizing the technique of playing...writing as a personal witness I must say that I have been amazed at the result of this unusual approach." Noel Hale F.R.A.M., "The Strad"


The Twelve Lesson Course

"Havas deserves great credit for recognizing the manifestations of autonomous regulation, exploiting their pedagogical implications, and proving their validity in all age groups and at any level of technical proficiency." Dr. F.A. Hellebrandt M.D., "The Strad"


Stage Fright: Its causes and cures

"It is the most realistic and practical approach imaginable ... it is a book that should be worth its weight in gold to every student and many a performer." Yehudi Menuhin


All books are published by:

Bosworth & Co.,

Music Sales Group, 14-15 Berners Street, London

WIT 3LJ, England.

Tel: 0207 612 7400  Fax: 0207 612 7545



Exclusive Distributers for Bosworth and Co.:

Shawnee press Inc., Jay Park Plaza, 9 Dartmouth Drive Bldg 4, Marshalls Creek, PA 18335., USA. Tel: 570 476 0550, Fax: 570 476 5247

Customer Service

Hours 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST

Phone : (800) 345-6842

Fax: (845) 469-7544


They are also distributed in the USA by:

Herb Rudolph : tbrwood@aol.com  

Timberwood Industries, PO Box 82, South Salem, New York 10590, USA

Phone: 914-533-2020

Shar Products, Ann Arbor, MI. US.. 1-800-248-SHAR

Or may be ordered from www.barnesandnoble.com.

Kato Havas's books have so far been translated into German, Swedish, Italian ,Dutch, Spanish, Czech, Hungarian Chinese and Japanese.


The Kato Havas Teaching Video

It is now only available on DVD.

With detailed exercises on the release of tension and the prevention of anxiety in performance, Kato covers all aspects of right arm and left hand technique, assisted by pupils and former pupils.

"There's a pleasing immediacy about the film. No quirky camera angles but everything clearly shown that needs to be. It gives the viewer the illusion of being in the same room. An invaluable reminder of her own inimitable brand of teaching." The Strad

"I would certainly recommend this well-made video to anyone who wants to be made to think. It should be especially valuable to players who have experienced discomfort in string playing." Music Teacher

"A new video is now available. And it is one you will NOT WANT TO MISS. The thought-provoking work of Kato Havas has long been with us and this 1 hour video concisely captures her contributions for the viewer." The American String Teacher

This video has recently been dubbed into Czech.

Produced by:

Bill Watkinson Associates,

Cumbria, England.

Published and distributed by:


It is also distributed in the USA by:

Herb Rudolph : tbrwood@aol.com

Timberwood Industries, PO Box 82, South Salem, New York 10590, US

Phone: 914-533-2020

Shar Products, Ann Arbor, MI. US.. 1-800-248-SHAR


Books by other authors:

Flying Fiddles by Chet Porcino

A string method for children based on the New Approach of Kato Havas

Jeanne Porcino-Dolamore, 25 Beth Drive, Kingston, NY 12401, USA


Dancing Bows by Gloria Bakhshayesh

New Approach tutor book for beginners with open string patterns and tunes in duet form.

Teacher’s Book


Pupil’s Book


Ringing Strings by Gloria Bakhshayesh.

A follow-up to Dancing Bows for the left hand in the format of a structured course of lessons for beginners.

Teacher’s Book


Pupil’s Book 1


Pupil’s Book 2


Dr Downing Music, www.drdowningmusic.com


Dancing Bows and Ringing Strings by Gloria Bakhshayesh are now available in Japanese translated by Japanese KHANA Representative Chisumi Ishikawa.

Price: ¥1,200 each, plus postage, Paypal available

Order from Chisumi at chism@shaku8-ishikawa.com

Ringing Strings is also available translated into French


A Cellist's Guide to the New Approach by Claude Kenneson

Amadeus Press, 113 SW Second Ave, Suite 450, Portland, Oregon 97204, USA


The Cellist's Inner Voice by Ian Bewley

Based on the principles of the New Approach by Kato Havas

Dr Downing Music, www.drdowningmusic.com



Cassette tapes of the Kato Havas String Workshops 20th Anniversary Concert in Angwin, CA are available from:

K&D Studios, 213 Longview Court, Antioch, CA 940509.

Violin Playing - Poetry or Pain by Juhani Heikkila

Based upon the New Approach exercises.

Video - Book published in Finland by Musikkipedagoginen.

Note that a quick search for Kato Havas on You Tube will bring up videos of her teaching workshops.

(Info will be posted on the web when available in other languages)