Music and Media

Course Title

Music and Media

Course Code


Type of Course

Compulsory Selective Course, 4 hours/week (2 theory + 2 workshop)

Course Level




ECTS Credits

5 (3+2)

Professor (s)


Learning Outcomes

Knowledge of the mass media nature and specific characteristic attributes, the theories and forms of communication (interpersonal, mediated and mass), the character and role of the audience according to each theory and each form of communication.

Comprehension of the relation between the media and culture, as a background for further engagement in the forms of mass communication. 

Analysis of the mass media content and the role of the audience using the models of communication theory. 

Application of this knowledge for the presentation and promotion of culture and more specifically traditional music through the mass media. 

Evaluation of the mass media content. 

Teaching Approach

Lectures, interactive presentation of specific examples, use of audiovisual material. 

Presentation of students' work--creation of cultural content for another medium each time (workshop)--every couple of weeks. 

Prerequisite Courses


Recommended courses in the curiculum 

Introduction to Ethnomusicology
Perspectives in the Study of Greek Traditional Music I - III
Auditory Culture 
Music Cultures around the World
Music Production 
Cultural Management 

Course Content

The mass media content and its cultural character. The notion of culture and its relation with the mass media. Cultural production in different media (CD, CDROM, DVD, Video, Internet etc.). Forms of spectacles. Music making and music listening.

Recommended bibliography

Barthes R. (1978) Image - Music - Text, (translated by Stephen Heath), Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1978

Lévy P. (1999) Δυνητική πραγματικότητα. (Realité virtuelle). Η φιλοσοφία του πολιτισμού και του κυβερνοχώρου. Μτφρ. Καραχάλιος Μιχάλης. Αθήνα: Κριτική

McLuhan M. (1994) Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, the MIT Press

McQuail D. (1994) Mass Communication Theory: an Itroduction, Sage Publications

Thompson, J. (1995) The Media and Modernity: A Social Theory of the Media, Stanford University Press

Learning Exercises 

Study of bibliography given in class. The students are asked to create cultural content for various mass media (during the semester, all students create texts/productions related to culture for mass media (print and electronic media, as well as new media--the Internet and digital editions).

Teaching Approach

Interactive, participatory teaching.

Criteria and methods of Evaluation

Workshop: all student work and presentations are evaluated, as well as the comprehension of what was taught in a written exam at the end of the semester. 

Theory: The students are assessed both through a written dissertation and through a written exam at the end of the semester. 

Teaching Language