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Eleni Lapidaki, Ph.D.


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Eleni is Professor of Music Education at the Department of Music Studies, School of the Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece. Beside her piano performance studies at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki and the University of Music Freiburg (Hochschule für Musik), Germany, she 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. Her doctoral dissertation on Consistency of tempo judgments as a measure of time experience in music listening was given "The Outstanding Dissertation Award" by the Council for Research in Music Education (CRME) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

Prof. Lapidaki serves as a member of the Editorial Boards of the journals Music Education Research, International Journal of Music Education, and Finnish Journal of Music Education. She is also associated with the Center for the Study of Education and the Musical Experience (CSEME), School of Music, Northwestern University, as a research fellow.  Her research is concerned with a closer examination of philosophical, socio-artistic, and political aspects of interartistic creativities, higher music education, and social justice, on the one hand, and the perception of musical time, on the other.

Eleni was given the award for Academic and Scientific Excellence in Greek Universities by the Greek Ministry of Education and the Research and Innovation Award by The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

As the founder and coordinator of the interdisciplinary, sustainable, and widening-participation research project CALM  (Community Action in Learning Music) Eleni Lapidaki's music teaching aims for a music education that breaks down the social, artistic, and pedagogical gap between university music students and students of more than 150 neglected public schools and under-served communities which are excluded from the public sphere of music education, expression, and creativity—due to their geographical, economic, cultural, and political isolation.


Eleni participated 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” funded by the European Union and the National Strategic Reference Framework.

On the 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 her course "Music Creativity--Psychology of Education" that is attended by both music and visual arts students of the Faculty of Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. One of the key challenges 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" documents a sample of innovative teaching demonstrations at Greek and Cypriot economically, educationally, and culturally disadvantaged schools by senior music students enrolled in Prof. Lapidaki's course "Music Education," which encompasses C.A.L.M. in the core of its syllabus.

During her sabbaticals Eleni taught as invited professor at the School of Education, University of Cyprus (Spring Semester 2000/2001) and at the Musicology Department, University of Amsterdam (Spring Semesters 2003/2004, 2009/2010, and 2011/2012).



So I have to keep examining my life to make sure I am in constant change and not getting too bloated with philosophic opulence; keep sort of throwing bits and pieces away.

David Bowie




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).

Cornelius Castoriadis (1996), Le Delabrement de L'Occident.


Artists are here to disturb the peace. -- James Baldwin



You were wild once. Don't let them tame you. -- Isadora Duncan



. . . human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them to give birth to themselves.

Gabriel García Márquez





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Eleni Lapidaki, PhD.,
Department of Music Studies,
School of Fine Arts,

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,
54124 Thessaloniki,


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