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C.A.L.M (Community Action in Learning Music)

The C.A.L.M. research project (Community Action in Learning Music) emerged from the need to promote equal opportunities in a high quality music education. The educational approach of pedagogy in music is applied in schools which lack a music teachers and/or students present cultural or linguistic diversities and differences as well as in schools inside hospitals.

The C.A.L.M. approach proposes concrete pedagogical music solutions so that music curricula offer equal opportunities for creativity, expression and cultural associations as well as fight against social isolation, based on European Declarations towards the formation of the identity of the "European Citizen".

The research project, funded by Research Committee of AUTH, has been implemented since 2000 and approaches the academic learning and teaching of music, based on the creation of "learning communities".

The melody of education for young musicians

An innovative teaching approach at AUTH

Each academic semester, twenty to twentyfive seniors music students of the ‘Introduction to Music Education’ module, taught by Eleni Lapidaki who is also the coordinator of project, form two to four student groups. Each group teaches music in schools which are in economically marginalized areas in Greece and they do not have adequate access to teaching focused on music and expression.

Students are couched to try and discover innovative music education approaches which bring music and connected phenomena to life, making students feel that they are musicians too. This takes place through a wide variety of original musical and electronic instruments of the C.A.L.M. project.

The fact that students’ university education actively and directly participates in the music education process is not a practice that complements the theoretical part of a music education lesson. On the opposite, this is an example of creating "learning communities" between university and schools, in which scientific knowledge is fed by the experiences, needs and the social work of the students.

The C.A.L.M. approach combines Music Education to the fields of Human Rights and Finance of Health. The teaching of music education at the School of Music Studies undertakes social responsibilities beyond the «immunity» of the university auditorium.

Oxford University Press

Eleni Lapidaki, Associate professor of Music Education, has received the "Research and Innovation Award" by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Science Center and Technology Museum “NOESIS”, Thessaloniki, Wednesday, 21 September, 2011).

Furthermore, the C.A.L.M. research project was selected as a model of modern innovative music education and social practice in Higher Music Education. Its practice is described in a book chapter of a collection of another four international, best practices in the section «Creativity as Practice» of the book Τhe Oxford Handbook of Music Education Edited by Gary McPherson & Graham Welch), Oxford University Press.



Eleni Lapidaki, Associate Professor of Music Education and Music Psychology, School of Music Studies, AUTH.

Petros Stangos, Professor of European Law, Law School, AUTH.

Lila Antonopoulou, Associate Professor of Health Economics, School of Economics, Faculty of Law, Economics and Political Sciences, AUTH.