The Traditional Music Department offers opportunities to learn about and enjoy Hellenic musical culture, from instruction and workshops to concerts and performances.

Participants will learn about traditional Greek music from master level instructors in six weekly two-hour sessions. Courses will include lectures by the instructors and a participatory segment in which students may choose to play or sing sample selections representative of the theme of the course.

Current Programs

Boston Lykeion Ellinidon & Maliotis Cultural Center Greek Music Education Program

Sunday, March 3 – Sunday, May 5, 2019

The goal of the Boston Lykeion Ellinidon and Maliotis Cultural Center Greek Music Education Program is to increase knowledge of and appreciation for traditional Greek music. Our unique approach offers both educational presentations about the music, and the opportunity to participate in it by playing and singing.

The spring 2019 course will be composed of six sessions, 2.5 hours per session. Each session will have a different instructor, and focus on a particular aspect of Greek music, including musical history, influences, instrumentation, styling, significant figures and musicians, and contemporary manifestations. The class will be participatory according to each leader’s discretion. The instructor may choose to invite participation throughout the session, or in a focused, compact period. Participants may elect to engage by listening, participating in the rhythmic element, singing, and/or playing their instrument.

Schedule (all sessions meet on Sunday afternoons, 2:00-4:30 p.m.)

March 3: Lefteris Bournias (Aaron Copland School of Music, NY)
March 10: Beth Behia Cohen (Berklee College of Music/Tufts University)
March 17: Panayotis League (Harvard University)
March 24: Chris Pantazelos (luthier, Spartan Instruments)
March 31: Vasilis Skoulas (lyra player & singer, Crete); presented in collaboration with the Pancretan Association of America “Rathamanthus-Ide” Chapter of Boston, Inc.
May 5 (note new date): Lefteris Kordis (Berklee College of Music) with Lefteris Bournias

The pre-registration fee is $25 per individual session, or $30 at the door (payable by cash/check.) The cost of pre-registration for the entire series is discounted to $125. Pay securely via Paypal using the button below (at checkout, you will have the option of selecting the total number of sessions you wish to register for.)

Type of Registration

Each session will occur if there is a minimum of 8 pre-registrants for that session. In the event that any individual session does not meet a minimum of 8 participants, registrants registered for the whole series will be refunded the proportion for the cancelled session. If a student wishes to withdraw, a full refund will be provided provided that they inform BLE, in writing, no later than one week before the class begins.

Past Programs

Participatory Courses in Traditional Greek Music

Feb. 12-Mar. 19, 2018: The Music of Greece: From Homer to Xenakis
Instructor: Lefteris Kordis, DMA, associate professor, Berklee College of Music

In 2018, the department launched the inaugural Boston Lykeion Ellinidon Participatory Courses in Greek Traditional Music, with the support of Dr. Pantel Vokonas. This course focused on selected topics in the music of Greece from the 3rd century C.E. to the 1970s. Taking into account the historical circumstances at the time, we investigated the ways in which Byzantine and Acritic music and neighboring music traditions laid the foundation for the development of Demotic music (island and mainland), the music of the Cretan Renaissance, and other significant genres, such as Asia Minor (smyrneika, politika), rebetika, laika, entehna and political activist songs.

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