I am currently employed as an Associate Professor of
Music Education and Music Psychology at the Department of Music Studies,
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Beside my piano performance studies at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki and the University of Music Freiburg (Hochschule für Musik), Germany, I have earned a law degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, an M.A. in music education and music psychology from the School of Music, Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. from the School of Music, Northwestern University. My doctoral dissertation on
“Consistency of tempo judgments as a measure of time experience in music listening” was given "The Outstanding
Dissertation Award" in 1999 by the Council for Research in Music
Education (CRME) and the Music Educators National Conference (MENC).
Recently I was given the award for Academic and Scientific Excellence in Greek Universities by the Greek Ministry of Education (December 17, 2012). In Septmber 2011 I was awarded the Research and Innovation Award by The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Science Center and Technology Museum "NOESIS," Thessaloniki).
Since 2010 I participate as senior team member and academic coordinator for the music education interventions in the research program “Active Inclusion of Roma Children of Central, Eastern, Western Macedonia and Thrace in the Educational System” which is funded by the European Union and the National Strategic Reference Framework (2010-2013).
On our blog CR.E.A.M. (Creative Encounters with Art and Music) and the Vimeo Channel CR.E.A.M. one can find a showcase of music and visual art students' projects that reflect the aims of my course "Music Creative Thinking--Psychology of Education." One of the key challenges of the course is to enable music students to “mess up” with the ‘picture’ and visual art students to “mess up” with ‘sound’ in order to expand their creativity beyond the roles and specializations that the university and society assigns to it.
The DVD "Students Teaching Students"—created for the 20th year anniversary of the School of Fine Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki—documents a sample of innovative teaching demonstrations at Greek and Cypriot economically, educationally, and culturally disadvantaged schools by senior music students enrolled in "Introduction to Music Education," a courses I teach since the spring of 1998.
During my sabbaticals I was an invited professor at the School of Education, University of Cyprus (Spring Semester 2001) and at the Musicology Department, Universiteit van Amsterdam (Spring Semester 2004, SS 2010, and SS 2012).
Music Department's Webpage -- in Greek/ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΑ
C.A.L.M. (Community Action in Learning Music) -- in Greek/ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΑ
An autonomous society, a truly democratic society, is a society which questions everything that is pre-given and by the same token liberates the creation of new meanings. In such a society, all individuals are free to create for their lives the meanings they will (and can).
Artists are here to disturb the peace. -- James Baldwin
You were wild once. Don't let them tame you. -- Isadora Duncan
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