The world of makam. History-theory-practice

Course Information
TitleΟ κόσμος των μακάμ. Ιστορία-θεωρία-πράξη / The world of makam. History-theory-practice
FacultyFine Arts
SchoolMusic Studies
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorMaria Alexandru
Course ID600018019

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

Registered students: 47
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Musicology / Music EducationElective Courses634
Music CompositionElective Courses634

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
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
Have attended successfully the course, the students will: 1. be able to recognize Middle Eastern microtonal intervals, basic Turkish and Arabic makam. 2. Have basic historical and theoretical knowledge about Turkish and Arabic music 3. Become familiar with Greek Folk/ Urban modes in relation to makam.
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)
In this course makam/ maqam of Turkish and Arabic music as well as Greek Folk/ Urban modes will be presented through a historical perspective and their dissemination by region (historical and geographical criteria). This course aims to the expansion of music perception through the modal monophonic tradition of makam/ maqam and the more contemporary modal – with harmony comping – Greek tradition of Folk/ Urban modes. More specifically, the course includes elements about the structure, the development, the families as well as dictée, solmisation and musical interpretation. Some of the makam under investigation are the following ones: rast, ussak, hijaz, buselik, kurdi, segiah.
Τurkish and Arabic makam/maqam, folk urban modes οf Greek music
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
  • Book
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
For the presentations during classes, the studying material as well as the communication with the students and the exams the following will be used: powerpoint, sound and image files, email and more.
Course Organization
Artistic Workshop260.9
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities30.1
Written assigments401.3
Artistic creation80.3
Student Assessment
For the successful completion of the course, the students will be tested in the following way: 1. One progress exam during the semester 2. One written assignment along with a presentation in the classroom and its full text submission by the end of the semester. 3. Participation in a group project 4. Participation in the exercises during class hours – short week to week exercises.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Report (Formative, Summative)
  • Artistic Performance (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
- Ε. Βούλγαρης & Β.Βανταράκης, Το Αστικό Λαϊκο Τραγούδι στην Ελλάδα του Μεσοπολέμου (Αθήνα: Faggottobooks, 2006). - Χρίστος Τσιαμούλης, Τα μελωδικά μοτίβα της παράδοσης (Αθήνα: Χ. Νάκας - Κ. Παπαγρηγορίου, 2019).
Additional bibliography for study
Μ. Αϋντεμίρ, Το τουρκικό μακάμ, (Αθήνα: fagottobooks, 2012). Α.Ζαχαριάδου, Maqam/ Makam – Mode App (Θεσσαλονίκη: The Music Fabrica, November 2019). Δ. Μυστακίδης, Λαϊκή Κιθάρα, (ψηφιακή έκδοση - ελεύθερη διάθεση, 2010). Μ. Μαυροειδής, Οι μουσικοί τρόποι στην Ανατολική μεσόγειο: Ο βυζαντινός ήχος - Το αραβικό μακάμ - Το τούρκικο μακαμ, (Αθήνα: fagottobooks,1999). Χ. Παγιάτης, Λαϊκοί Δρόμοι (Αθήνα: Fagottobooks, 1992). Χ.Τουμά, Η Μουσική των Αράβων (Αθήνα: fagottobooks, 2007). C. Forster, Musical Mathematics: On the Art and Science of Acoustic Instruments, (San Fransisco: Chronicle Books, 2010). I.H. Ozkan, Turk Musikisi Nazariyati Ve Usulleri: Kudum Velveleleri, (Istanbul: Otuken Nesriyat, 1984).
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