Didactics of the Instrument - Performance VΙΙ


Course Title

Didactics of the Instrument – Performance VII

Course Code


Type of Course

Mandatory, 5 hours/week, (3 theory + 2 workshop)

Course Level




ECTS Credits

6 (3+3)

Professor (-s)

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge of the history of the evolution of the performance of each instrument

Comprehension of its place and specific role in the idiom orchestras of the East Mediterranean

Application: the student will be able to apply everything he was taught during the previous semesters gaining the capacity to teach the specific instrument and its repertoire

Analysis of the dominant trends in teaching the instrument in different renditions

Synthesis of the above in the attempt to improve his/her teaching method

Evaluation of the potential evolution of the specific  place and teaching method of the instrument

Teaching Approach

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

Prerequisite Courses

Makam & Morphology II-  Performance VI

Recommended courses in the Curriculum

Aesthetics and Pedagogy- Music Ensembles VI
Aesthetics of Traditional Music – Music Ensembles III
Introduction to EthnomusicologyGreek Discography – Music Ensembles II
Perspectives in the Study of Greek Traditional Music
Auditory Culture
Theory of Traditional Music I- Performance I
Theory of Traditional Music II – Performance I
Traditional Orchestras – Music Ensembles I
Makam and Morphology I – Performance V
Makam and Morphology II – Performance VI
Music Cultures of the World
Music Pedagogy I-II
Modality and Harmonization I – Performance III
Modality and Harmonization II – Performance IV
Dance and Greek Traditional Culture

Course Content

Special issues of music teaching that are adjusted to the specific “organologio” as well as to the fluidity of a non standard oral tradition.

Exercises of technical performance. Application of makam and “laikon dromon” (modes of popular music). Study of traditional pieces from the relevant repertoire of each instrument, of both specific places and specific eras. Solo approach – cover approach, local morphological differences of music performance. Presentation and analysis of the technique of specific local music representatives for each instrument. The difficulty in applying them is gradually increased in the course of the semesters. Introduction to the study of the basic repertoire of each instrument. Relative functional role of each instrument in orchestras, according to place and case. Audio sonoric characteristics, electrical amplification.

Recommended Bibliography

Κηλτζανίδης Π., Μεθοδική Διδασκαλία Ελληνικής Μουσικής, Ρηγόπουλος, Θεσσαλονίκη 1881

Παπαματθαίου Σ., Κιθάρα, αρμονία, συνοδεία, University Studio Press, Θεσσαλονίκη 2001

Green L., How Popular Musicians Learn: A Way Ahead for Music Education, Ashgate, Aldershot, U.K. 2002

Schippers H., Facing the Music. Shaping Music Education from a Global Perspective, Oxford University Press, Oxford New York 2010

Spruce G. (ed), Teaching music in secondary schools: a reader, Routledge, London 2002

Swanwick K., Music, Mind, and Education, Routledge, London1991

Swanwick K., Teaching Music Musically, Routledge, London 1999

Learning Exercises

Home study of advanced exercises that are given in class and aim to the perfection of the performing technique and style  of compositions and instrumental improvising

Teaching Methods

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

Criteria and  Methods of Evaluation

The dexterity in playing the instrument is evaluated on the level of the technique and style as well as the ability to teach the instrument to students at various levels.

Teaching Languages