Music Transcription

Course Title

Music Transcription

Course Code


 Type of Course

Compulsory, 5 hours/week (3 theory +3 workshop)

 Course level


\ semester


ECTS Credits

5 (3+2)

Professor (s)

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge of the history and evolution of music  transcription systems and methods of the Greek countryside’s traditional music

Comprehension of all the music material peculiarities that is recorded. Comprehension of the special symbols/notes and the extensions of the western classic music notation.

Application of all the older approaches, as well as the new possibilities offered by the computer technology in the field of traditional music. Classification and limitation of different transcription methods.

Analysis of the music transcription’s basic techniques in anything related to melodic systems, rhythm, harmony, etc.

Composition of the different music recording systems’ possibilities and their utilization in the limits of modern needs.

Evaluation of this data for the formulation of interpretive comprehension proposals of traditional music through its written impression as well as the development of new tools for the maximum performance of the music result in its written version.

Teaching Approach

Interactive presentation/lecture that is supported by hearing and analyzing selected musical examples from the relevant music repertoire.

Prerequisite Courses

Theory of Traditional Music II – Performance II

Recommended Courses in the Curriculum

Didactics of the Instrument – Performance VII
Introduction to Ethnomusicology
Perspectives in the Study of Greek Traditional Music I-III
Theory of Traditional Music I - Performance I
Theory of Traditional Music II – Performance II
Makam and Morphology – Performance V
Makam and Morphology II – Performance VI
Methodology of Research
Music Pedagogy I-II
Modality and Harmonization I – Performance III
Modality and Harmonization II – Performance

 Course Content

Special techniques of transcription and recording traditional music are described with the use of the western writing system and all its extensions, as well as religious music parasimantiki.

Α history review takes place in methods that have until now been applied while the modern ones are analysis along with the students’ practice with the help of hearing audio extracts.

Recommended Bibliography

Bartok B., Rumanian Folk Music, 5 τόμοι, Xάγη 1975

Baud-Bovy S., Étude sur la chanson cleftique, 1969

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

Βούλγαρης Ε., Βανταράκης Β., Το αστικό λαϊκό τραγούδι στην Ελλάδα του Μεσοπολέμου σμυρναίικα και πειραιώτικα ρεμπέτικα 1922-1940, ΤΛΠΜ, Fagotto, Αθήνα 2006

Μουσικά σταυροδρόμια στο Αιγαίο, Λέσβος (19ος20ος αι.), Εξάντας, Αθήνα 2000

Σπυριδάκης Γ. K., Περιστέρης Σ. Δ., Eλληνικά δημοτικά τραγούδια, τ. Γ΄, Aκαδημία Aθηνών, Aθήνα 1968

Τσαρδάκας Α., Το κανονάκι στις 78 στροφές, ΤΛΠΜ, Fagotto, Αθήνα 2008

Learning Exercises

Home hearing and practicing of music recording musical examples from the selective discography given in class.

Teaching Methods

The lesson is based on a tripartite teaching with the participation of students and discussion.

 Criteria and Methods of Evaluation

Written examination at the end of the semester. The comprehension of all matters that are about the subject of music recording in each system and era is evaluated (Theory) as well as the ability to record music examples (Workshop).

Teaching Language