Music of the Carpathians comes to Redwood Elementary

At the give up of the faculty year, Hungarian-born and longtime Fort Bragg residents Ferenc Tobak and Lilla Serlegi offered ethnic track to the scholars at Redwood Elementary School. Joining them on a number of the displays have been their own primary school-elderly kids, Lilla, and Mathias Tobak, at the side of first-grade trainer Zoe Forrest.

Titled “Living the Tradition,” the Tobaks’ demonstration showcased traditional song and units from the international locations of the Carpathian Basin. During the demonstration, the scholars clapped distinct rhythm styles, heard people epics from Hungary observed with tracks from the Carpathian Basin, and did a traditional kids’ dance. Some of the Redwood college students also were given palms-on stories with the Tobaks’ historical gadgets.

The Tobaks’ purpose whilst imparting was to use folk track to educate song records and the development of musical gadgets in an comprehensible and engaging manner. They firmly accept as true with that music is a essential a part of any baby’s education. Learning approximately song broadens a child’s horizons, focuses the mind, and enables increase the imagination. Music enables the kids to peer and experience the arena with a cutting-edge perspective.


The application the Tobak family placed-on became funded by means of the ‘Get Arts within the School Program’ (GASP), an arts schooling partnership of the Arts Council of Mendocino County and the Mendocino County Office of Education, with a provide that lets in the 2 artists to present their local cultures in the college.

This 12 months Redwood Elementary did no longer have art or music instructors, so Principal Linda Reece was glad to consist of these academic and colorful shows at some point of the final weeks of the 2018-19 school 12 months. Both kids and their teachers surely enjoyed the shows.

Ferenc’s and Lilla’s demonstration changed into an eye fixed-opener for children. Using gadgets now not heard or seen in commercial media, Ferenc and Lilla widened the youngsters’s view of the arena’s cultural background. It is hoped that the possibility to present this rich ancient and cultural content material will keep and develop to include all of Mendocino County, specially the rural communities.

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