Theory of Traditional Music I - Performance I


Course Title

Theory of Traditional Music I – Performance I

Course Code


Type of Course

Compulsory 6 hours/week (2 theory+2 exercise +2 workshop)

Course Level




ECTS Credits

7 (4+3)

Professor (-s)

Teaching Outcomes

Knowledge of the history and evolution of the theory and music notation systems that are used for the analysis and recording of the music phenomenon. Knowledge of the history and evolution of each instrument.

Comprehension of the individual analysis methods and recordings in the western theoretical model. Comprehension of the place and role of each instrument in the idioms of the East Mediterranean.

Application of the basic theoretical and music notational elements of the instrument. Development of music reading and writing ability

Analysis of the individual technical music elements that compose the modern Greek music reality

Knowledge of the combination from the field of music theory and practicing with the purpose of comprehending better the complicated oral traditions of the East Mediterranean

Evaluation of this data for the phrasing of the peculiar problems that emerge from the attempt to analyze and record oral traditions.

Teaching Approach

Interactive presentation/lecture that is supported by the use of musical instruments supervisory and mainly audio means as well as special software for the analysis of melodic examples.

Prerequisite Courses

Recommended  Courses in the Curriculum

Aesthetics and Pedagogy – Music Ensembles IV
Aesthetics of Traditional Music- Music Ensembles  III
Didactics of the Instrument- Performance VII
Introduction to Ethnomusicology
Greek Discography – Music Ensembles II
Perspectives in the Study of Greek Traditional Music I-III
Theory of Traditional Music II-Performance II
Traditional Orchestras – Music Ensembles I
Makam and Morphology I- Performance V
Makam and Morphology II- Performance V
Music Pedagogy
Modality and Harmonization I- Performance III
Modality and Harmonization II –Performance IV
Dance and Greek Traditional Culture

Course Content

General introductory elements on music notations. Intervals. Tonic system scales. General rhythm elements

Matters of melodic and rhythmic solfez, dictation and reading music scores. Performance of vocal intervals and scales. Practice of music notation matters.

Acquaintance with  the instrument. General rules of orchestral performance. Tuning, instrument placement. Exercises of execution and left-right hand independence techniques. Basic application of scales from different places, in all the extent of the instrument.

Recommended Bibliography

     Διαμάντης Γ., H κλασική θεωρία της μουσικής, Φ. Nάκας, Aθήνα 1988

     Kαμπανάς Γ., Θεωρία της μουσικής σημειογραφίας, Kαστανιώτης, Aθήνα 1989

     Παύλου Λ., Το τουμπελέκι και οι ρυθμοί μέσα από τους χορούς, τα τραγούδια και τους οργανικούς σκοπούς, Τμήμα Λαϊκής & Παραδοσιακής Μουσικής - Fagotto, Άρτα – Αθήνα 2006

     Καλαϊτζίδης Κ., Το ούτι, τόμος Α΄, Εν Χορδαίς, Θεσ/νίκη 1996

     Tσιαμούλης Xρ., Eρευνίδης Π., Ρωμηοί συνθέτες της Πόλης, Δόμος, Αθήνα 1998

     Μιχαλάκης Μ., Μέθοδος Μπουζουκιού, Φαγκότο, Αθήνα 2000

     Μυστακίδης Δ., Το λαούτο, Εν Χορδαίς, Θεσσαλονίκη 2005

     Peter N., Learning to Read Music, How To Books Ltd, Oxford 2005

 Learning exercises

Home study exercises given in class that are about reading music scores and practicing solfez, dictation and performance of all the basic scales and cords.

Home study exercises and melodic pieces for the instrument of the special setlist of the instrument’s dexterity, the scale of difficulty increases depending on the semesters.

Teaching Methods

The course is based on a tripartite teaching with the participation of students, discussion and practice.

Criteria and Methods of Evaluation

Written exams at the end of the semester. (separately for the theory and the tutorial). The extent of comprehending the theoretical and notational elements that are taught in class is evaluated as well as the ability of understanding them  by ear (Tutorial).

In the workshop the acquired instrument dexterity on a level of technique and style is evaluated as well as the ability to perform all the basic theoretical elements and music notations that were taught in theory (the demands increase progressively according to each semester).

Teaching Language