C.A.L.M. (Community Action in Learning Music) is an interdisciplinary research project combining the study of Music Education with Health Economics and European Law and Human Rights, founded at the School of Music Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and coordinated by Eleni Lapidaki, professor of Music Education, whose teaching of the course "Music Education"—that encompasses C.A.L.M. in its kernel—aims to fight the feeling of ineffectiveness, apathy and detached reflection shared by many music students and scholars.

The concept of C.A.L.M. is multi-faceted. As the name suggests, the project involves music education that hopefully engenders socially meaningful action, that builds and develops music learning communities through a “students teaching students” approach. It is also the forum for sophomore music students to participate and show their music and educational judgment and competence not in fictive problems and lessons “through playing to teach music,” but in the real world, in response to multiple hidden political, socio-cultural and socio-economic issues that lie ahead in their future professional lives as music teachers.

C.A.L.M. attempts to close the social distance between the university and “high risk” public schools that have become isolated due to geographical, economic, cultural and political factors, and which have a predominately multicultural student body that does not have easy access to music education. C.A.L.M.’s uniqueness lies in that it is a sustained project (since 1999), soundly integrated into ethnically and culturally diverse K-12 classrooms, giving music students valuable teaching and learning experience prior to student teaching.

On C.A.L.M.'s webpage http://calm.web.auth.gr you will find information about the project, its affiliated investigators, scientific publications and our showcase.