University of Ioannina, Greece
The University of Ioannina is one of the largest Greek universities, with 24,000 students at the undergraduate and postgraduate level, over 1,500 PhD candidates, and almost 550 teaching staff, spread across campuses in Ioannina, Arta, and Preveza.
The Department of Music Studies aims at the musicological education of students based on an instrument-centered approach, including musical practice. Music is treated as an integral social phenomenon, framed not only by its theorical background, but also through corresponding historical, cultural, and anthropological studies. The department welcomes 150 students every year, and students receive a BA after 5 years of successful studies. Besides western classical instruments, the department offers workshops and ensembles on a wide variety of traditional instruments such as santouri, laouto (lute), ud, ney, lyra, singing, piano, percussions, bouzouki, accordion, lavta, tabouras (saz), guitar, violin, qanun, clarinet. With special regard to the teaching of oral music traditions, external evaluators characterized the curriculum of the department in 2014 as “exemplary for the teaching of traditional music internationally”.