Theory and practice of the chanting art

Course Information
TitleΘεωρία και πράξη ψαλτικής τέχνης / Theory and practice of the chanting art
FacultyFine Arts
SchoolMusic Studies
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600013840

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

Registered students: 145
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Musicology / Music EducationCompulsory Course324
Music CompositionCompulsory Course324

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • General Knowledge
  • Skills Development
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)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
With the successful completion of this course, students 1. know the neumes of the Psaltic notation 2. read as solmisation (parallage) and as music-poetical text (melos) pieces belonging to the brief and semi-slow gender of composition 3. are acquainted to the basic theory of the eight mode system 4. they will also have seen and sing non-ecclesiastical compositions which are written down with the Psaltic musical notation.
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
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Ιn this course the students are introduced to the notation and basic theoretical and practical elements of the so-called New Method of the Three Teachers (in use since 1814 up to nowadays). Through various exercises of parallage (solmisation) and melos (singing with poetical text), the students explore the world of the Byzantine oktaechia (system of eight modes) and the wealth of rhythmic figures of Byzantine chant and of some non-ecclesiastical compositions, progressing from more simple to more complex pieces belonging to the brief and semi-slow gender of compositions.
Byzantine musical notation, theory of Byzantine chant, eight mode system, parallagi, melos, secular compositions
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Power-point, digitized musical examples, e-mail, recordings, elearning
Course Organization
Artistic Workshop240.8
Written assigments120.4
Other / Others451.5
Student Assessment
The student assessment is based on the following: 1. small exercises given as homework at each course 2. a progress test (theoretical-written, and practical-oral in the middle of the exam, with the first part of the teaching material) 3. examination during the exams period (theoretical-written, and practical-oral in the middle of the exam, with the second part of the teaching material)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Εμμανουήλ Γιαννόπουλου, Η Ψαλτική Τέχνη. Λόγος και μέλος στη λατρεία της Ορθόδοξης εκκλησίας. Β', Θεσσαλονίκη 2016 (εκδ. Κυριακίδη)ή Κωνσταντίνου Παπαγιάννη, Μουσικόν Τριώδιον, τόμ. Β, Θεσσαλονίκη 2003.
Additional bibliography for study
Βοηθήματα: Θεωρητικές και Πρακτικές Σημειώσεις Εμμανουήλ Γιαννόπουλου.
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