Undergraduate studies

Fundamental principles of the programme of studies

Under its current structure, the School of Music Studies, aims to provide education of the highest degree in the fields of Musicology, Music Education and Composition.

Musicology, as a modern field of university studies, was formed towards the end of last century and was initially regarded as a mainly historical science with important specific sectors, which were either indirectly related or not related at all to the historical methods of examination of their subject. It is now becoming generally accepted that musicology can be divided into three major areas:

a. Historical musicology

b. Systematic musicology

c. Ethnomusicology

Although, at least in the majority of universities or other higher education institutions in Europe and N. America, each of these sectors has many subdivisions, musicology is a uniform course of studies, dominated by the Historical Musicology.

This is not only relevant to the evolution of specific branches of musicology (for instance, their autonomy, in relation to historical musicology, had for a long time been considered as controversial, adding also that many of the leading representatives of systematic musicology and ethnomusicology stem even today from the field of historical musicology) but also to the concepts of unity of science and interaction among its individual sectors globally prevailing in musicology.

Music Education is the branch of applied musicology, dealing with the problems of teaching and learning of music.

In order to formulate Musicology for the first time in Greece as a separate academic field of study, the following factors must be taken into account:

a. The internationally prevailing views on the content of musicology as a science and respectively as university studies field.

b. The particular needs and problems of the Greek music situation

c. The possibilities of the Department of Music Studies today as also in the near future.

One of the first needs to be resolved by a University Music Department in Greece is the establishment and development of Music Education as an applied field of musicology, aiming the training of music teachers in music education, in order to staff the schools of general education, and music education researchers, to meet the needs of higher academic education (for instance, in the Faculties of Education of Primary Education and Early Childhood Education, established at various universities), as well as to promote music education research both in the field of general education and music education.

By providing the direction of composition, which is indicated in the diploma, the Department of Music Studies expands its educational activities in the fields of composition and music theory, offering such studies at university level. These courses are directed at students who have both qualified for specific and complete university studies in composition and, on the other hand, have a special interest and ability to obtain complete training in advanced music theory.

Courses of the so far unified direction of Musicology and Music Education (see A. DIRECTION OF MUSICOLOGY / MUSIC EDUCATION), and all shared with the direction of Composition courses, are categorized under several common features in 5 cycles. These are:


Here, all irrelevant to the overall discipline of the Department subjects/courses are included, which should be offered to the Department's students either in co-teaching or exclusively.


Here, subjects/courses, which are branches of musicology are included, worded in such a way as to meet the practical needs and capabilities of the Department.


Here, subjects/courses that belong in music education, as a branch of applied musicology, are included.


Here, music theory and music practice courses are included, which aim at broadening the artistic and musical knowledge and developing relevant psychomotor skills.


Here, procedures necessary for practicing either in certain subjects/courses or across studies are included, which may not fit the organizational framework of the 3-hour semester courses or cannot be examined.

Courses related exclusively to the direction of composition, form, in terms of general features, one section.

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