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About the Founder

0004.jpgLuca Tiszai PhD

Music Teacher, Special Education Teacher,  Andragogue (MA )

Doctor of educational sciences


Professional and work experiences:


I'm a faculty member of University of Szeged, Juhász Gyula Department of Education Institute of Special Needs Education, and a practitioner in Ipolytölgyes, Saint Elisabeth nursing home for people with severe disabilities.

My area of expertise lies in working musically with individuals with disabilities.

I worked 5 years in a special music school established for children with different level of intellectual disabilities. We used the Heinrich Ullrich method. This method is teaching music with special colored notes, using different kind of musical instruments. The students are playing together from the very beginning without individual training.


This was the topic of both of my BA thesis’s.

Since I have met with Klára Kokas in 1997, I have been integrating her method in my teaching experience with children of different ages with and without disabilities.

I worked in an inclusive kindergarten and an alternative school for children and adolescents living with ADHD or learning disabilities, and other behavioral problems. I explored alternative ways, techniques in teaching music in special education.

With the preschool group we improvised whole tales from „Musicland” where they could discover and practice the elements of music and solfege, and became familiar with singing improvisation. I wrote an article about my experiences. („I’m not on expert on anything but save the world” – Tales form Musicland, published in Hungarian in 2012.)

Since 2007 I have been working with individuals struggling with severe physical and learning disabilities in a nursing home in Ipolytölgyes, Hungary. I work with the method of Klara Kokas and I lead an orchestra named „Nadizumzum”. The method I invented for them called „Consonante”. I wrote articles from it, and I wrote a price-winning paper and my master thesis from this practice, and it’s theoretical background and therapeutic outcomes

From 2007 I also have been working to find the best way of using the method of Klára Kokas with nonverbal adults and discover new possibilities for this special group.




  • Preverbal and Nonverbal Musicality: Musical interventions for nonverbal children and adults with severe disabilities, Theory and Practice
  • Community Music Therapy and Intellectual Disability, Theory and Practice from a Hungarian Perspective

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Articles in English


  • Therapeutic use of 'Kokas-method' in music therapy for people with severe disabilities. (In press: Journal of Russian and East European Psychology)
  • Friendship, Solidarity and Mutuality Discovered in Music (In press) In: There is No Other: Humane Music Education for the Common Good Eds: Iris M. Yob and Estelle R. Jorgensen
  • Tiszai, L. & Mastnak, W. (2018). Therapeutische Anwendung der Kokas-Methode in der Musiktherapie mit Menschen mit schweren Behinderungen. Musik-, Tanz- & Kunsttherapie (ISSN 0933-6885), 27(1), 65-72. (In press)


Theses of my doctoral dissertation :

(the full text is in Hungarian )


Published articles (Hungarian):


Conferences, Lectures :


  • 2017. Mar. 27. III. Digital Music-Educational and methodological Conference Szeged
  • 2017. Febr. 25. A hang lelke – a lélek hangja. Művészeti terápiák a gyógypedagógiában. National Art Therapy Conference.
  • 2016.Dec. 05 Szeged with Szűcs-Ittzés, Zsuzsanna
  • 2016, Nov.12. Hang és Lélek National congress of music therapy
  • 2016. Sept. 13. International Conferece of Education, Komarno
  • 2016 10th European Music Therapy Conference, Vienna, Austria (Presentation and poster with Zsuzsanna Szűcs-Ittzés) Published in Nordic Journal of Music Therapy
  • 2015  Apor Vilmos Catholic College, Vác, Invited lecturer (15 of November)
  • 2015  Eötvös Lorand University, Budapest, Invited lecturer (10 of October)
  • 2015 Ipolytögyes, Hungary, Self-experience based Kokas workshops for students from HoGent University (15-16 of September)
  • 2015. May and June Luca Tiszai- Petra Kovács: Music in Dementia Care – workshop
  • 2014, November, 2015, February, (2016 April) Dabas: Music and Movement in Dementia Care workshop- part of an accredited program
  • 2015 Debrecen, Hungary: Luca Tiszai- Zsuzsanna Ittzés: Why we play music? Experiences from the Nádizumzum Orchestra and from the Hungarian State Opera. (Presentation in Vojtina Bábszínház. 27 of April)
  • 2014  Áramlásban National Art Therapy Congress (Presentation and workshop)  Budapest
  • 2014 World Congress of Music Therapy in Krems, Austria. (Published in English in the conference proceeding)
  • 2014.  Kaposvar University Invited lecturer (26 of March, Kaposvár)
  • 2013. Belgium, HoGent University: Guest speaker; VSBS: (Belgian Association of  Basal Stimulation): Presentation and workshop.
  • SIPE 2013. Budapest (International conference “Psychobiography, Pathography: Past, Present, Future. Techniques of Art Therapy”)Workshop and presentation. (Published in English in a conference proceeding)
  • 2013. Nyitra, Student Conference (Invited speaker.)
  • 2011. Kosice. Svet, život a problémy ľudí s ťažkým zdravotným postihnutím. “Lives and problems of people living with disabilities.




  • .”Vitéz János” prize (Annual award for a graduated student from the Pazmany Peter Catholic University) 2013
  • First prize in National Scientific Student Competition of the Hungarian Scientific Academy 2013.




  • Hungarian Music Therapy Association
  • Kokas Vocational College