Course Information
TitleΟργανολογία / Organology
FacultyFine Arts
SchoolMusic Studies
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID600013860

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

Registered students: 191
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Musicology / Music EducationCompulsory Course214
Music CompositionCompulsory Course214

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students should have: • adapt the basic knowledge of organology concerning the classification, the history, the construction, range and the tuning of the musical instruments (with emphasis on those of the symphonic orchestra) • been familiarised with the timbre of the musical instruments and understand this is inextricably interwind with the construction of the musical instruments and the way the sound is produced • been familiarised with particular notational conventions of several instruments and their use in the orchestra • understand the function of the musical score and also to be able to read it
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
Course Content (Syllabus)
With examining the history, consruction and technique of the symphonic orchestra instruments as central axis, and with reference to instruments of folk or non-european civilizations, the course provides introductory knowledge on basic matters of organology such as description and function of musical instruments, classification and its criteria etc. Furthermore, they are examined the particular notational conventions of several instruments as well as other things necessary for score understanding and reading. Syllabus topics: • Introduction: study of musical instruments vs. study about musical instruments • Some basic acoustical phenomena • Classification of the musical instruments • Temperament • Presentation of the musical instruments (according to systematic classification) with descriptions and commented listening: Chordophones / Aerophones / Idiophones / Membranophones / Electrophones • The history of the score as a graphic representation of music and the various types of scores • The orchestra
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities30.1
Student Assessment
The evaluation takes place at the end of the term with examination on the computer. The examination is divided in two parts: In the first part there are 20 multiple choice questions and each question values 0.25 points (20 x 0.25 = 5). In order to pass the first part of the examination, the student must answer correctly at least 16 questions. The first part of the examination is a necessary condition in order to proceed to the second part which also consists of 20 multiple choice questions. Each question values 0.25 points (20 x 0.25 = 5). The sum of the two parts provides the final mark. Examination time: 1 hour.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
• Δ. Γιάννου: Πνεπιστημιακές Σημειώσεις: Α. Στοιχεία οργανογνωσίας - Σημειώσεις B' έκδ. 1992 / Eπανεκτύπωση με συμπλήρωμα 2001 – Β. Σύνοψη και συμπληρώσεις των Σημειώσεων – Γ. Συμπλήρωμα 2008: Η παρτιτούρα. • A. Baines (επιμ.): The Oxford Companion to Musical Instruments. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992. • W. Ruf & C. Ahrens (επιμ.): Lexikon der Musikinstrumente. Mannheim: Meyers Lexikon-Verlag, 1991. • M. Campbell, C. Greated & A. Myers: Musical Instruments - History, Technology, and Performance of Instruments of Western Music. Oxford: Oxford University Press, [2004]. • M.J. Kartomi, On Concepts and Classifications of Musical Instruments. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990.
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