Register for Virtual and In-Person Hungarian Folk Singing Classes
❋ IN PERSON: Mondays 6-8pm in Budapest
6-week series, Sept 14 - Oct 19, 2020
❋ ONLINE: Tuesdays 10-11:30am Budapest time (Europe, Asia, Australia)
9am England / 4pm Hong Kong / 6pm Sydney / 8pm Christchurch
6-week series, Sept 15 - Oct 20, 2020
❋ ONLINE: Tuesdays 7-8:30pm Budapest time (North and South America, Europe)
10am California / 1pm New York / 6pm England / 8pm Istanbul
6-week series, Sept 15 - Oct 20, 2020
More times may be added.
Join us to learn beautiful traditional Hungarian village folk songs! This class will be held in English and is open to participants of all cultural, language, and musical backgrounds, welcoming experienced singers as well as those with no previous experience in the style. The class will include a wide variety of songs, taught directly from village source recordings, with focus on specific regions and individual village singers. Participants receive a pronunciation guide, song lyrics, English translations, recordings, and background information on the songs as well as various topics related to Hungarian folk singing.
The class is held by Zina Bozzay, active performer, collector, arranger, and teacher of Hungarian folk songs in the US and Hungary. She has taught these songs to Hungarian speakers and non-speakers for over a decade, and is known for her accessible teaching style, academic rigor, and contagious enthusiasm. When her in-person classes went virtual in spring 2020 due to coronavirus, people joined from around the world, leading to these expanded online offerings in fall 2020. For more information on Zina, click here.
Please register for the virtual classes as soon as possible, as space is limited and Zoom links are sent in advance of class.
For more information about the online classes, class prices, and other questions, please see More Information and FAQ's below the registration form.
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In-person classes may be paid for at the class.
6-week class series: 10.000 Ft., Drop-in: 2000 Ft. per class
200 Ft. discount per class available for students, seniors, and bring-a-friend
For online classes, registration is complete when payment has been received.
Full class series (six classes): Drop-in (single class):
Residents of Hungary: 10.000 Ft (same discounts as in-person class) 2000 Ft. per class
International Participants: Sliding scale $60 - 150 USD Sliding scale $12-25 USD per class
See below for more information about class prices.
Payment method options, marked with the possible currencies:
PayPal (USD or HUF): use link or send to
Revolut (USD or HUF)
Transfer to Hungarian bank account (HUF): Bozzay Zina, 12010240-01612266-00100005 (Raiffeisen)
Transfer to US bank account (USD) - email for details
Cash - email for Budapest address
More Information and FAQs:
Preparing for Virtual Classes:
Using a computer or other large screen device is preferable to using a phone screen for the Zoom call, to be able to see full-size video. Please arrange your device so that you can sit or stand ergonomically in front of it, and so that you are looking straight at the screen (not looking down or to the side). This is for good singing posture and ability to do the standing and movement exercises that are part of the classes.
Have paper, pencils, and a glass of water ready when class begins, as well as snacks if needed. If you have previously taken classes with Zina, have previously learned songs and other materials also on hand.
If possible, print the pdf of the song lyrics, and if you are not able to print, you may find it helpful to write the words out on a piece of paper so that you can add details about the melody, translation, etc to that paper during the class. You do not need to be able to play back the audio recordings during class time, as Zina will play them from her device - those are for individual practice outside of class.
Please sign on to the online class punctually a few minutes before start time, so we can begin class together. You do not need to download anything to use Zoom (no app needed), but if you have never used Zoom before please go to the link ahead of the class start time to get yourself oriented and test your set-up. You just need a working microphone, speaker or headphones, and camera (the camera is optional, but much better for all participants and the functioning of the class) - by default it will use those built in to your device.
But I'm self-conscious about my singing! / How will we sing together?
Besides warm-ups, much of the class will be in a listen-repeat format, or singing together with participants muted. In this format, beginners and others who may feel self-conscious can sing with wild abandon, because they cannot be heard -- AND everyone experiences the singing as a duo with the instructor. There will also be opportunities for participants to sing for the group and receive feedback, particularly after learning a song well or toward the end of a class series to show what they have learned.
For our virtual classes, we offer globally just pricing, ensuring accessibility to participants living in widely different economies, as well as fair compensation for the labor and expenses involved in holding these international classes. We ask that you pay for the class according to typical singing class prices in your local economy. "Sliding scale" means that you can choose what you are able to pay within the given price range. We understand that people individually have very different financial circumstances, and the current pandemic has additionally impacted incomes and expenses for many. Instead of offering various discounts (low income, students, seniors, etc), this allows you to make that choice based on your own circumstances and how you value the class. We hope that this pricing model facilitates equality in difficult times, and we thank you for your support of this work. Additional financial donations are also always gratefully accepted.
If you would like to attend the classes but the cost is prohibitive for you, please contact us. We have arranged work-exchange, exchange of professional services, and barter of goods, among other solutions (see our donations page to get ideas of the kinds of things that could be exchanged). We don't want money to stop anyone from joining.
No refunds are possible if a class is paid for and not attended.
We ask that you not record or videotape the classes, bearing in mind that all class materials (audio files and song words) are emailed to all participants. We expect all participants to honor and respect the host and fellow participants by adhering to this policy. We reserve the right to record or photograph the classes for documentation and possible promotional purposes.
Questions / Contact:
Contact Zina here or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you in class!