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Community Music Therapy Projects (with videos)

koncert001.jpgA musical performance of a minority group facilitates social actions, promotes social recognition and empowerment. The message of inclusion is always present in the background of an art performance presented by people struggling with any kind of disability, disorder, or other kind of social stigmas.

Nádizumzum Orchestra uses the community-building power of music, giving interactive concerts sing along well known folk songs with the audience or share music for dance-house events.  Since 2007 we already had more than 50 concerts in different parts of Hungary.


virgosapiens-nzz.jpgThese instruments encourage participation because no one can play false on them.  Nádizumzum Orchestra usually gives interactive concerts using well-known folk songs, which the public can sing along, or the orchestra plays music for ‘dance house’ events. A common musical activity is a platform, where the musicians also share their joy that encourages people for active participation in this joint music activity inviting for both professional musicians as well as people who are describe themselves, as tone-deaf. vendegekkel.jpgThis structured and safe environment also allows participants to explore the many possibilities that music has to offer, which often keeps their motivation levels high.


In addition to the concerts we have workshops where participants with different musical background allow to experience the common shared music with the orchestra members.


  • 8 of November, 2014.  Budapest, "Áramlásban" (In Flow- National Art Therapy Congress)
  • 24 of October, 2013. Budapest (International conference “Psychobiography, Pathography: Past, Present, Future. Techniques of Art Therapy”
  • October, 2013.  "Open Day" Ipolytölgyes, Hungary
  • June, 2013 Workshop with Belgan representatives of VSBS: (Belgian Association of  Basal Stimulation
  • And different conferences...

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Projects with young musicians based on the shared passion of music


First Common Concert of the Nádizumzum Orchestra

and the Students of  Zoltán Kodály Hungarian Choir School


 koncert2.jpg15th of November, 1014. was the World day of Music Therapy and we celebrated the feast of Hungarian Saint Elisabeth, the Patron of our institution. With seven musicians of the 9th grade-students of Zoltán Kodály Hungarian Choir School, we performed in Ipolytölgyes our interpretation aboult Zoltán Kodály: Kállai Kettős. Ifj. Ferenc Sapszon, the founder and art director of the school accompanied us on the piano.

ulorop4.jpgAfter the concert on Saturday we traveled all together to Siófok where the International Day of Tolerance was celebrated. We spent the evening and the night all together in a beautiful guest-house. We also had time for play. On the afternoon we performed the Kállai Kettős again. After the performance shared music for dance led by the students.

On Sunday before Christmas the students came back to the institution to play and sing together again.


eztnezd.jpgThe most important purpose of these projects is to give a new perspective through positive and joyful personal encounter. According to our approach the inclusion returns: it has benefits not only for the disabled people, but for the whole society. As the ramp built for people sitting in a wheelchair is useful for many, the society also gains a lot from inclusion.

The inclusive society is the only one, which can guarantee for all of us that whatever happens with us we could live a meaningful life, and gain respect from the others. The real social security means that the value of human life does not depend on productivity, mental capacity, or health condition.


Flash-mob 2017


2017 May, Spring Feast at University of Szeged with a Hungarian folk band: Népzenei Kamaraműhely




budapest-flash-mob-031.jpgWe had a common flash mob project in Budapest with the students of Zoltán Kodály Hungarian Choir School and the participation of professional musicians on 28 of May, 2015.


Common performance of the Nádizumzum Orchestra, members of different religious orders in Hungary, and our friends. 19 of September, 2015.  Folk- psalms: the text of  Psalms 148, 146, 13 and 33 in the melody of well-known Hungarian folk songs.

27.02. 2016.  concert with Orsolya Bálint and the students of Szent Norbert High School from Gödöllő. We performed Zoltán Kodály's work: Gergely-járás and hungarian folk songs.









Nádizumzum Concert with gusest musicians in Ipolytölgyes at the 30th anniversary of the foundation of our Home (Aug. 2016.)
Guest musicians:
Doubledance from Kálló, Üsküdár



Pavlicevic, M ‎ Ansdell, G (2004) (Eds.) Community Music Therapy. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Ruud, E. (2008). Music in therapy. Increasing possibilities for action. In: Music and Arts in Action,1(1), pp.46-60

Ruud, E. (2010) Music Therapy: A perspective from the humanities, Gilsum, NH: Barcelona.

Styge, B Ansdell, G. Elefant, C Pavlicevic, M (2011) Where Music Helps: Community Music Therapy in Action and Reflection. Surrey:Ashgate

Tiszai, L (2015) Kodály Approach in the Crossroad of Education and Therapy. Kodály Approach in the Crossroad of Education and Therapy. Voices, 2015 no. 2.


Suggested citation:

Tiszai, L. 2015, March 07. Consonante /Community Music Therapy Projects.



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