Suggested Citation Consonante, the barrier-free method: Orchestral work with individuals with severe disabilities

Luca Tiszai
2016 Journal of Art for Life-Article   unpublished
Consonante is a method that offers musical participation for people living with severe disabilities. In order to make instrumental music possible for these individuals, two key concepts were found. The musical instruments have to be modified to suit the physical abilities of each individual musician custom built musical instruments must be altered to give a consonant accompaniment. The Consonante method provides an opportunity for personal, emotional and intellectual growth, development in
more » ... ptual and sensory skills, fine and gross movement, verbal and nonverbal communication, socialization, attention, emotions, cognitive and learning abilities. This article is an exploration of how I built on the Consonante method (Vlaskamp, 2005) through my work with individuals with severe disabilities and their involvement in an orchestra.