Music education in childhood

Course Information
TitleΜουσική εκπαίδευση στην παιδική ηλικία / Music education in childhood
FacultyFine Arts
SchoolMusic Studies
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID600013880

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

Registered students: 42
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Musicology / Music EducationCompulsory Course535
Music CompositionCompulsory Course535

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Students of this course are expected to • cultivate their personal musical abilities on basic musical knowledge through the use of their voice as well as simple melodic and rhythmic musical instruments • understand the theoretical axes of music pedagogics and the particularities of its approach for preschool and elementary school children • connect theory and practice through taking part in musical activities • familiarize themselves with the design and organization of musical activities for kindergarten and elementary school • familiarize themselves with matters such as the sensitive periods in development (windows of opportunity), teaching strategies, multimedia material and classroom arrangement, lesson planning, evaluation of educational outcome and formation of personalized programs.
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
  • 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)
Children are particularly fond of music while, at the same time, music is educationally very important for their all-embracing teaching. Some children are content with music listening while others love singing and express themselves through it, through whistling or playing a musical instrument. In other circumstances, one may observe the children’s response to music as a well-coordinated movement (dance) or creatively through “composing” new songs. For children, music is often a means of experimenting and discovering the world around them as an avenue of communication and socialization, but, at the same time, a safe and tranquil place of joy and personal pleasure, away from stress and problems. In their adult life, these children may use music to express all that cannot be said in words, offering themselves moments of tension release or even deep satisfaction. The ecumenical character of music in combination with the special place it holds in children’s everyday life, makes music and music education a basic structural element of their developing personality. One of the basic aims of this class is to present and discuss some of the most important music education approaches for the preschool and elementary school child, such as those present in the methods of Carl Orff, Jacques Emile Dalcroze, Zoltan Kodaly and others. Other topics of interest include the development of musicality, the sense of rhythm, dealing with musically gifted children. Finally, special attention is given to how Gardner’s multiple intelligence theory may contribute to educational planning and music educational approach during these sensitive early ages.
Music Education, Preschool, Primary Education
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Interactive excersises
  • Book
  • Scientific Articles
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Multimedia presentations during the entire semester, electronic communication
Course Organization
Laboratory Work60.2
Reading Assigment240.8
Artistic creation130.4
Preparation of Sample Lessons130.4
Student Assessment
Assessment during class activities and final written examination.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Διδακτική της μουσικής - Νέες προκλήσεις, νέοι ορίζοντες. Κοκκίδου Μαίη 2015, εκδόσεις fagottobooks ΜΟΥΣΙΚΗ ΣΤΗΝ ΠΡΟΣΧΟΛΙΚΗ ΑΓΩΓΗ - ΑΛΛΗΛΕΠΙΔΡΑΣΗ ΠΑΙΔΙΟΥ-ΠΑΙΔΑΓΩΓΟΥ. ΔΟΓΑΝΗ ΚΩΝΣΤΑΝΤΙΝΑ 2012, εκδόσεις GUTENBERG
Additional bibliography for study
Campbell, P. S.; Scott-Kassner, C.; Kassner, K. (2006). Music in childhood: from preschool through the elementary grades. Thomson Higher Education, Belmont, California. Colwell, R. (Ed.). (1991). Basic concepts in music education. University Press of Colorado, Niwot, Colorado Erwin, J., Edwards, K., Kerchner, J., Knight, J. (2003) Prelude to music education. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, USA Machover, W. & Uszler, M. (1996). Sound Choices: Guiding your Child’s Musical Experiences. Oxford University Press, New York Small, C. (1977). Music, Society, Education. Wesleyan University Press, Hanover, NH, USA Swanwick, K. (1979). A basis for music education. Routledge,London
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