1. Philosophy and goals

The Laboratories don’t just cover the educational and teaching needs of the Department, but they are a field of research and creative activity, an essential institution of knowledge, research and creativity, with dynamics and vividness that are secured by its' educational perspectives.

In order to create a Laboratory in the frameworks of the Department of Traditional Music, it is necessary for its existence to be justified through activities and actions that demand the coordination of more than just one subject and course which are related to them. Their goal is to make the research and educational process easier in real conditions of producing a project (scientific or artistic). This project must be original, self-reliant and concerted to the general cognitive orientation of the Department. Under no circumstances a workshop can replace one or more courses. It can, on the contrary, embrace them and place them in a wider group of courses. More analytically:

Educational Purposes

The Laboratories must first cover the Department’s teaching needs, as they rise from the courses' nature. At the same time, they contribute to the students’ experience and training, offering them valuable necessities for the professional career.

Research Purposes

Taking advantage of the Department’s logistic structure, the laboratories should promote research through specific actions. They might proceed to documentation of actions, creation of data bases, formation of observation posts, development of scientific networks, realization of project plans, publications, performances, audio and text (written and electronic) releases, organization of seminars, lectures, conferences etc.

Creative purposes

The Department’s cognitive subjects favour the creative and artistic nature of the laboratories’ activities, which should not only be total study areas but also areas for creating culture.

Individual goals

For the laboratories' effective function, the educational, research and creative goals that were mentioned above, are organized on the basis of the special characteristics of the Department’s subjects, courses and activities in separated and productively structured goals.

2. Organization

Person in charge

For the laboratories' proper function there is an appointed academic in charge, that comes from the group of professors whose subjects are related to each laboratory.


The laboratories’ operating base is the courses taught in them - these courses are incorporated in the laboratories' philosophy and goals. The courses use the Laboratories’ dynamics, supervising abilities and structure so the students can be benefited by them in every possible way. These courses constitute a basic core, but there are other individual courses which can be used  in order to complete projects and activities. The laboratories give the students the ability to gain modern stepping stones in order to understand the real working environment. As an educational core, the laboratory offer prospects and point up every creative and professional challenge in the specific area.


The activity’s concept is about intergraded actions with a specific time limit, a goal and a plan. This planning is necessary for the infrastructures not only to be used in an effective and useful way but also to make facilitate their use. Activities might be part of a work plan which is planned within a semester by a course, a specific research activity, a specific production etc. As an important part of a research, the laboratory can be developed through collaborations, participation and developing activities. In a similar way, as far as creativity is concerned, the laboratory contributes to activities in collaboration with other institutions such as the local area’s scientific, cultural, artistic field and its spiritual life but also on an international level specific activities that are able to have an institutional nature. The laboratories’ goal is to give their activities an institutional character.


For the proper function of the laboratory, a function regulation is conducted and it includes all the proposals that direct matters of conducting, developing and evaluating courses, access matters, use and function of technical infrastructure, matters that are related to realizing activities and in general, communication matters of all who work within the laboratory’s framework.  


The laboratory with fixed and temporary communication material, such as printed material, pamphlets, newsletters, special publications, electronic publications, websites, special communication software, posters etc. gets in contact with the outside environment, people, institutions and the public. The course to those communication means might be coordinated by programming activities as they were described. The communication responsibility towards the Department’s assembly exclusively belongs to the one who is responsible for the laboratory.

Student evaluation

According to the demands of each course, the students are evaluated by taking examinations, completing projects etc.

Laboratory evaluation

The laboratory, according to the original programming, moves forward to the procedure of self-evaluation so it can be lead to inventive redefinitions and incremental programs, activities, setting goals etc. The final purpose of each evaluating process is to improve and increase the ability in achieving its goals.


Each infrastructure of the laboratories belong to the Department and other members of the Department can use them. However, they are prioritized according to the laboratory’s goals.