This classic best-selling publication has presented for the first time to the Greek and Cypriot society and music education system a small part of the Cypriot traditional songs for children implementing at the same time appropriate music teaching methodologies. The publication is widely used by school teachers in kindergarten, preprimary and primary school, children and families. In the box, there is a series of illustrated Songbooks, a compact disc with two recorded versions of eight songs in traditional and contemporary orchestration and a book with notations, explanations and music education strategies for each song.
The publication has been accredited as a music education manual and included by the Ministry of Cyprus in the public educational system of the Republic of Cyprus. The publication led to the revival of Cypriot traditional music for children since most of the Cypriot traditional songs for children were lost in the centuries and instead were replaced by imported songs.
The melodies and lyrics of most of the songs derive from the folkloric research of the Cypriot folk musician Michalis Hadjimichael in the area of Kokkinochória in the east coast of the island. Dr Avra Pieridou Skoutella took the responsibility of designing the publication, devising the teaching methodologies, forming the children’s choir and teaching the songs and undertaking the creation and completed production of the publication.
Important musicians and artists cooperated alongside such as the composer Costas Cacogiannis who orchestrated the songs, the state awarded illustrator Louisa Kaimaki who created the songbooks’ illustrations, the traditional singer Kyriakou Pelayia, the famous Greek singer–Ambassador of UNESCO George Dalaras. In addition, 24 aged 8-12 children from the different villages of the Kokkinochória area took part in the choir.
The production of the publication was possible with the generous support of local bodies in Kokkinochória. The prime sponsor was the Municipality of Paralimni along with several private local enterprises. Media sponsors were the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation and the newspaper Politis. The publication was featured in the Main News broadcast by CyBC and in Cultural broadcasts in radio and television by CyBC, Sigma and other Cypriot channels.
For more information and purchase of the publication, please contact the CCRSM administrator Nicos Skoutellas on the number +357996283778.
MusiChild™ serves as international music and music education innovation hub and high impact intercultural musical growth system signifier.
During the initial phase of the brand, the sound material is selected from the rich pool of musical material of the distinguished music education research EU funded project Early Childhood Music Education in the Mediterranean; raising children’s musicality, evaluating music learning and enabling teachers’ preparation. The project was designed and coordinated by Dr Avra Pieridou Skoutella and CCRSM Cyprus Centre for the Research and Study of Music, with the contribution of universities, professional educational associations, distinguished academics and professional music education trainers from the Euro-Mediterranean region. This sound material has been ranked among the most successful in music learning and has been embraced and loved by hundreds of children, their teachers and parents across the Euro-Mediterranean region.
European Recognition: Invited Presentation of the project and the publication Mediterranean Musical Cradle at the European Erasmus+ Conference «Paths towards European Citizenship through Cultural Heritage», September 2018, Palermo, Italy, where the publication was awarded the logo of the European Year for Cultural Heritage 2018.
MusiChild™ Publications constitute an international innovation for the engagement, sustainability, protection and promotion of European shared cultural heritage with special focus in the Mediterranean musical heritage and its universal relevance in contemporary times.
- embrace cultural heritage as a pivotal component of cultural diversity and heterogenity, inter-cultural dialogue and human relating,
- employ high quality musical performances and the latest technological advancements,
- cultivate musical skills, poly-musicality, multicultural confidence and self-esteem, language, transcendental imagination and positive emotions,
- improve intercultural consciousness and the skills for human cultural and musical expression, creativity and communication.
Since MusiChild™ establishment (2018), its multi-lingual publications Mediterranean Musical Cradle and Mediterranean Cumulative Songs for Children creatively utilise sound material from the following localities: