Theory of Traditional Music II - Performance II

Course Title

Theory of Traditional Music-Performance II



Type of Course

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

ςCurse  Level




ECTS Credits

7 (4+3)

Professor (s)

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge of the history and evolution of the modality’s meaning in the Western World. Knowledge of the history and evolution of each instrument.

Comprehension of the individual components of modal systems (melody-harmony) in the Western World. Comprehension of the place and role of each dexterous instrument in idioms of the Eastern Mediterranean.

Application of the western modal system on the instrument. Evolution of the music writing and reading ability.

Analysis of the relation between modal melodic development and its harmonization.

Composition of the knowledge from the fields of music theory and act with the goal of understanding in depth the traditions of the Eastern Mediterranean.

Evaluation of this data for the expression of the special problems that derive from the effort of analyzing, recording and interpretations of these traditions.

Teaching Approach

Interactive presentation/lecture that is supported by the use of music instruments, supervisory and mainly acoustic means as well as special software for the analysis of modern 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 – Music Performance VII
Introduction to Ethnomusicology
Greek Discography – Music Ensembles II
Perspectives in the Study of Greek Traditional Music I-III
Music Criticism – Music Ensembles V
Theory of Traditional Music II – Performance II
Traditional orchestras – Music Ensembles I
Makam and Morphology I – Performance V
Makam and Morphology II - Performance VI
Music Pedagogy I-II
Music Informatics
Elements of Byzantine Music – Chanting
Modality and Harmonization I – Performance III
Modality and harmonization II – performance IV
Dance and Greek Traditional Culture

Course Content

Modal system ways. Structure, sub-units, transmission-conversions. Historical Retrospect. General harmonization elements. Rhythm elements.  

Matters of melodic and rhythmical solfez – dictation and practicing music score reading. Music score guides and rhythmic forms. Practicing matters of music notation.

Technical performance exercises. Application of traditional ways. Study of traditional musical pieces from the specific repertoire of each instrument whether of specific areas or specific eras. Solistic approach – accompanying  approach, local stylistic differentiations of music performance. Presentation and analysis of the specific local music representatives’ techniques of each instrument. The difficulty to apply the above is progressively increased in the course of the semesters.

Συνιστώμενη Βιβλιογραφία Recommended bibliography   

     Mutlu Umit, Kanun Metodu, Izmir 1998

     Torun Mutlu, Ud Metodu, caglar yayinlari, Istanbul 2000

     Αγγουριδάκης Λ., Τα κρουστά, ΝΤΟΡΕΜΙ, Θεσ/νίκη 1997

     Βούλγαρης E. - Βανταράκης Β., Το αστικό λαϊκό τραγούδι στην Ελλάδα του Μεσοπολέμου: Σμυρναίικα και πειραιώτικα ρεμπέτικα: 1922 - 1940 Τµήµα Λαϊκής & Παραδοσιακής Μουσικής - Fagotto, Άρτα – Αθήνα 2007

     Νικολόπουλος Χρ., Δρόµοι της ελληνικής µουσικής, Νάκας, Αθήνα

     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 

     Τσαρδάκας Α., Το κανονάκι στις 78 στροφές, Τµήµα Λαϊκής & Παραδοσιακής Μουσικής - Fagotto, Άρτα – Αθήνα 2008

Learning Exercises

Home Study of the exercises given in class on the subject of practicing the interpretation of the “laikon dromon” (modes of popular music) and their interpretation

Home study of the instrument’s exercises and melodic music pieces of its peculiar repertoire, and of which its degree of difficulty increases accordingly to the semester.

Teaching Methods

The course is based on 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  theory and practice) The degree of understanding the modal system of the traditional ways and their harmonizations is evaluated (Theory) as well as the ability of recognizing by ear the modes and cords (Tutorial).

In the Workshop the gained dexterity on the instrument is evaluated on a level of technique and style as well as the ability of performing all the basic elements that were taught in theory (the demands increase progressively accordingly to the semester).

Teaching Language