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Music Pædeia: From Ancient Greek Philosophers Toward Global Music Communities

Ancient Greeks defined Music (Mousikê) as any art presided over by the Muses. Therefore, Music did not refer exclusively to the art of sounds but to a general spiritual and aesthetic phenomenon in the service of human communication (e.g. the ancient Greek language had, among other things, a particular / diomatic metric quality).

The term Pædeia refers nowadays to the process and result of the kind of education that aims at the development of enlightened minds. However, the term Pædeia is an ancient Greek word, which used to embrace -at least during the era of classical antiquity- the fields of education, culture and humanism as distinctly Greek characteristics and put forth the ideal of perfection and mental superiority.

In ancient Greek reality, the concepts of Pædeia and Music were almost identical. In other words Mousikê may be said to have been the vehicle of Pædeia, since every kind of spiritual and intellectual cultivation was supposed to be of divine origin and was termed Mousikê.

Additionally, both Plato and Aristotle declared unequivocally that Music can influence the formation and development of the personality of the young. The remarks of the above mentioned philosophers constitute diachronic and permanent values. The role of music in human development and in the growth of cultures has been dynamic. However, we experience nowadays an excessive interchange of musical information through new technologies. At the same time, it has often been pointed out by some thinkers that we no longer possess the means to cope with the current musical plethora.

Music pedagogues as transmitters of musical culture within the framework of teaching-learning are in need not only of practical guides and directions but also of social, scientific and aesthetic background for their work. The quality of Music Pædeia that we -as music educators- aspire to offer has to serve humankind in a way that will elevate it to higher levels of self-awareness.

Sub-themes

  • Music Pædeia: The Role of Music in the Development of Humankind
  • Musical Environments and Music Teaching-Learning
  • Constructing and De-constructing Philosophies of Music Education
  • Focusing on Landmarks in the History of Music Education
  • Music Education Moving toward the Future: New Era, New Perspectives
  • Comparative Music Education: Methodological Approaches and Practical Applications
  • Music Literacy and Music Pedagogy
  • Music Psychology: the Nature of Music Experience

The Conference Logo

The Ancient Greek seven-stringed lyre was chosen for the conference logo. This type of lyre has its resonator made from a tortoise shell (lyra chelys), and was used in the education of the youth in Ancient Greece. From its seven strings, five continue outside the frame, to symbolize the pentagram and also a sense of outlook. The lyre is positioned at a slight angle as it used to be held by the player in Ancient Greece in order to give the logo vividness and flow.

The olive color was chosen because it is the color of the olive tree. The olive tree symbolizes Peace, Wisdom and Victory. Peace that each international organization supports, Wisdom that is a virtue that every educator should have, and Victory against the difficulties that an educator faces while teaching.

 
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