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Sector of Historical and Systematic Musicology


- The continuation and systematisation of musicological-epistemological discussion.

- Research into the European music tradition in all of its periods.

- Research into the analytical and hermeneutic methods, and study of composition processes in works belonging to the entire range of European music.

- Research into issues of methodology (and history) of the objects of Music Theory (as these are defined in the Programme of Studies).

- Research into aesthetic, philosophical, ideological and sociological aspects of European and Neohellenic art music.

- Research into sources and notation: a) from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, b) from Early Baroque to the present day, through all intermediate phases.

- The methodology of the interpretation of sources. Music notation systems from Antiquity to the present day (Eatern Mediterranean, Hellas, Western and Eastern Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, contemporary notations).

- Research into- and study of musical instruments in the music cultures of Hellas, Europe, and of the rest of the world.

- Research into ancient Hellenic music and dance, from the Neolithic period down to Late Antiquity, based on extant sources and their interpretation, within the methodological framework of the discipline of archaeomusicology. As regards ancient Hellenic music, especially, study of: a) The ‘harmonic’ and ‘rhythmic’ theories, including manuscript transmission and textual criticism; b) the notation system (parasemantike); c) musical instruments; d) musical forms; e) historical development of music.

- Research into Neohellenic art music, from individual composers placed among the European context of the Renaissance (15th-16th c.), to the contemporary, multifarious and multifaceted music production.

- Seminars on specialised research are offered to the students, and doctoral dissertations are carried out in all fields of research mentioned above.

- Organisation of one-day meetings and larger conferences on themes connected with the present research.

- Support of the research and of the taught courses by the departmentental Music Groups (concerts, and sound recordings of the relevant repertoire).


Besides these activities, the Sector will shortly inaugurate its Laboratory for the Study and Publication of Hellenic Music, which will incorporate the following actions:


- Collection, study, and publication – in the form of series – music works from the entire range of Hellenic music, in accord with similar issues in European countries and the United States.

- Publication of scholarly studies as supplements to the volumes of the series (Supplementa), dedicated to specific research topics or to commentaries on the volumes of the series (Kritische Berichte).

- The creation of a digical archive of Neohellenic art music works (in collaboration with other institutions, such as the National Opera, the Athens State Orchestra, the Great Music Library of Hellas “Lilian Voudouri”, the Hellenic Radio-Television etc).

- The exploitation and exploration of the Biographical Archive of Contemporary Hellene Composers, already established in the Department.

- The creation of a digital photographic archive as well as of a laboratory for reconstucting ancient and Byzantine musical instruments, in accord with the conclusions provided by scholarly research.


Sector of Ethnomusicology


Ethnomusicology (instruments, collection of musical material, documentation and analysis of music),


Comparative analysis, repertories, musical maps, genealogies of musicians, musical idioms, musical typology etc.


Historical ethnomusicology


Music folklore studies


Ethnomusicology of urban, folk and popular music


Interpretive and reflexive ethnomusicology


Applied ethnomusicology


Ethnographic research of music culture


Cultural anthropology


Anthropology of music (social relationships, cultural identities, gender, cultural systems of music and sound construction, soundscapes, transcultural exchanges of music or relationships, music and globalization, popular music culture, etc.)


Anthropology of dance (social relationships, cultural identities, gender, cultural construction of moving body, dance and politics, dance styles, dance and fashion, etc.)


Visual anthropology (ethnographic film, documentary, anthropology of media, etc.)


Anthropology of art


Transcultural education


Cultural management


Cultural computing (information technology)


Management of cultural information


Digital editing



Sector of Sound Technology, Byzantine Musicology and Pedagogy


A. Sound technology:

 Musical Acoustics

Music and Maths

Electroacoustic Music

Voice analysis

Computational Musicology

Computational Ethnomusicology

Music Psychology

Cognitive models of Music

Music Semiotics

New technologies in Music Education

Music in the Community


Β. Music Pedagogy:

Teacher education/training
Integration of music, arts and other subjects
Assessment of learning and teaching
Teaching methods
Music Teaching and Technology