Implications of neuroscience findings in music education

Course Information
TitleΜουσικοπαιδαγωγικές εφαρμογές της νευροψυχολογίας / Implications of neuroscience findings in music education
FacultyFine Arts
SchoolMusic Studies
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID600013912

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

Registered students: 98
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Musicology / Music EducationElective Courses634
Music CompositionElective Courses634

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
  • Skills Development
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
  • Distance learning
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
This class attempts to shed light on the scientific areas where music meets the neurosciences. After the successful completion of the course, students will have knowledge of basic terminology of neuropsychology, scientific studies of function and development of musicians' brains and the implications of these findings in music education.
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Generate new research ideas
Course Content (Syllabus)
During the last decades, scientific studies have produced ample evidence that music perception and performance influences the human brain and its development. The above findings confirm the critical importance of early introduction of musical stimuli to the developing child. They also demonstrate why musical activities differ from other cognitive activities as well as the essential role music education can play in a rounded development of the individual. Whether referring to singing or instrumental playing, musical performance demands body control and precision of a high degree. The musician must make several choices every second and act upon them continuously, for longer periods of time. This combination renders music unique also in the educational practice. Since education is a determining factor in the development of the brain, one may support the opinion that music education ought to be present in every complete educational program.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Presentation of multimedia material in lectures, e-mail communication with the students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment782.6
Student Assessment
Written exams at the end of the semester
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Ζαφρανάς, Ν., Ζαφρανάς, Α., 2015. Εγκέφαλος, φυσιολογία και μουσική. [ηλεκτρ. βιβλ.] Αθήνα:Σύνδεσμος Ελληνικών Ακαδημαϊκών Βιβλιοθηκών. Διαθέσιμο στο: ΠΩΣ ΜΑΘΑΙΝΕΙ Ο ΑΝΘΡΩΠΟΣ: Εγκέφαλος, νους, εμπειρία και μάθηση στο σχολείο, 2012. Συγγραφέας: ΕΘΝΙΚΟ ΣΥΜΒΟΥΛΙΟ ΕΡΕΥΝΩΝ ΗΠΑ, ΕΠΙΤΡΟΠΗ ΚΟΙΝΩΝΙΚΩΝ ΕΠΙΣΤΗΜΩΝ ΚΑΙ ΕΚΠΑΙΔΕΥΣΗΣ. Εκδόσεις ΚΕΔΡΟΣ
Additional bibliography for study
Gardner, H. (1983). Frames of mind: the theory of multiple intelligences. Basic Books, New York Hallam, S. (2006). Music psychology in education. Bedford Way Papers, London Harris, M. (2009). Music and the young mind: enhancing brain development and engaging learning. Rowman & Littlefield Education, Lanham Jensen, E. (2001). Arts with the brain in mind. ASCD, Virginia Levitin, D. J. (2007). This is your brain on music: the science of a human obsession. Dutton, London Perez, I. & Zattore, R. J. (eds.) (2003). The cognitive neuroscience of music. Oxford University Press, New York Patel, A. D. (2008). Music, language and the brain. Oxford University Press, New York Sloboda, J. (2005). Exploring the musical mind: cognition, emotion, ability, function. Oxford University Press, New York
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