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Department of Music Studies


Sector of Historical and Systematic Musicology

  • The continuation and systematization of the musicological epistemological discussion.
  • The research of the European music tradition from its beginnings up to the present.
  • The research of analytical and interpretive methods and the study of synthetic processes in works from the whole range of European music.
  • Research on issues of methodology (and history) of the subjects of Music Theory (as defined in the Department’s curriculum).
  • The research of the aesthetic, philosophical, ideological and sociological dimensions of European and modern Greek art music.
  • The research of sources and notation a) from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, b) from the early Baroque and in all its phases until today.
  • The methodology of source interpretation. Notation systems of music from Antiquity to the present day (Eastern Mediterranean, Greece, Western and Eastern Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, modern notation).
  • The research and study of musical instruments of both Greek and European and world music culture.
  • The research of ancient Greek music and dance, from the Neolithic Age to the Late Antiquity, based on the existing testimonies and their interpretation, in the methodological framework of the science of Archaeomusicology. In particular, for music, the study: a) of the harmonic and rhythmic theory, of its handwritten tradition and of the critique of its texts, b) of the notation (parasēmantikē), c) of the instruments, d) of the forms and e) of the historical evolution.
  • The research of modern Greek art music, from the individual composers who joined the European environment of the Renaissance Era (15th-16th centuries) up to the modern, varied and multidimensional musical compositional production.
  • Specialized research seminars and doctoral dissertations related to all the above research subjects.
  • Organization of workshops and conferences related to current research issues.
  • The support of research and teaching work by the music ensembles of the Department of Music Studies of the University of Athens (concerts and recordings of the relevant repertoire).


Sector of Ethnomusicology and Cultural Anthropology

  • 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 and performance theory
  • 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 (other) performing arts (social relationships, cultural identities, gender, cultural construction of moving body, dance and politics, theatre, performance art 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 Τechnology:

  • 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
  • Curriculum
  • Music Teaching and Technology


C. Byzantine Musicology

  • Theory of Byzantine and post-Byzantine music
  • Performance of Byzantine and post-Byzantine music
  • History of Byzantine and post-Byzantine music
  • Aesthetics of Byzantine and post-Byzantine music