Intoduction to Greek folk music

Course Information
TitleΕισαγωγή στην ελληνική δημοτική μουσική / Intoduction to Greek folk music
FacultyFine Arts
SchoolMusic Studies
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID600013839

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Mousikṓn Spoudṓn (2017-sīmera)

Registered students: 191
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Musicology / Music EducationCompulsory Course114
Music CompositionCompulsory Course114

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • German (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
By attending succesfully this course, the student will be able 1. to conduct field work in order to find, record and film authentic music renditions, in different regions of Greece, 2. to transcribe folk music songs and instrumental pieces into Western European or Byzantine notation, 3. to write down correctly the text of the song, both in its integral form with the repeated and the additional syllables and words (tsakismata), and with the simple-pure verse, 4. to define and to analyze the musical and poetical structure of each piece of folk music, 5. to perform in an "authentic" way the songs they have studied in their work, 6. to finalize the process of scientific ethnomusicological edition, in book form or as digital media.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Design and manage projects
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course aims at to approach and gain knowledge about Greek folk music, through the triptych of the ethnomusicological research, which comprises: a. field work, i.e. the collection of authentic traditional folk music, the classification of the songs and the archiving of the collected material, b. transcription into Western staff notation or Byzantine neumes, c. study and analysis of the musical and poetical structure of chosen pieces. Furthermore, research is conducted concerning the musical characteristics of Greek folk music (e.g. modes, rhythms, dances, melodic phrases, textual repetitions and additions to the pure-simple verse, improvisation, music instruments and timbres, performance techniques, study of ornaments), as well as envisaging the musical and poetical structure, i.e. the relation between text and music in Greek folk music. Another issue of the course refers to the different dialects and musical characteristics of various geographical zones of Greece (primitive polyphony in the Epirus region, poetical improvisation in Greek Islands a.o.).
Field work, archiving, transcription, musical and poetical analysis of Greek folksong, instruments, improvisation, performance
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
  • Book
  • music instruments
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Technology is used always in the teaching and learning process of Greek folk music, e.g. by using powerpoints, e-mail, recordings, video a.o.
Course Organization
Laboratory Work70.2
Reading Assigment401.3
Artistic Workshop70.2
Written assigments120.4
Student Assessment
The student assessment is based on the following: 1. Field work and the quality & quantity of the collected material, 2. the preparation of the written work, 3. the active participation in the courses during the term, 4. the final examination.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Summative)
  • Artistic Performance (Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Σημειώσεις του διδάσκοντος. I. Καϊμάκης, Στ. Κοκκάλας, Σ. Τσιάνης, Αι. Πολυμέρου-Καμηλάκη, Δημοτικά τραγούδια από το Βαλτέτσι της Αρκαδίας, Κέντρον Ερεύνης της Ελληνικής Λαογραφίας της Ακαδημίας Αθηνών, 2 vols., and set with 12 CDs and 1 DVD (Αthens, 2010). Samuel Baud-Bovy, Δοκίμιο για το ελληνικό δημοτικό τραγούδι, Πελοποννησιακό Λαογραφικό Ίδρυμα, Ναύπλιο 1984. Φοίβος Ανωγειανάκης, Ἑλληνικὰ λαϊκὰ μουσικὰ ὄργανα, β΄ έκδ., Αθήνα: Μέλισσα, 1991.
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