Dr. Luca Tiszai

Dr. Luca Tiszai

Dr. Luca Tiszai

A faculty of University of Szeged, University of Szeged Juhász Gyula Faculty of Education Institute of Special Needs Education, Hungary, Luca is a special education teacher and music teacher. Her area of expertise lies in working musically with individuals with disabilities. She graduated in one of the Hungarian singing-based elementary schools and since then music is an important part of her profession. As a student she worked with ULWILA method, a special colour-based notation for teaching music for students with intellectual challenges.

When she started to work with nonverbal adults with severe and multiple disabilities she worked out her own method called Consonante, and founded the Nádizumzum Orchestra in 2007. This is a performing orchestra with approximately 200 folk songs in their repertoire. Her research interest is community music therapy, the role of successful performances on social inclusion. This was the topic of her doctoral thesis as well. She recently published a book entitled Community music therapy and intellectual disability (2019).

Luca also works with the method of Klára Kokas. This method facilitates a deep musical understanding through the repeated listening to selected short high-quality classical masterpieces. Participants  explore music and share wih others by improvised free body movements. She adapted the method for nonverbal adults with severe disabilities. In addition to the session she conducts research about receptive musical behaviour of nonverbal adults. She is convinced that the ability of being able to enjoy classical music is a possible sign of cognitive abilities. She wrote a book about the topic entitled Preverbal and nonverbal musicality (2019).