Scholeion Psaltikis
Sholeion Psaltikis

Traditional song – Instruments

The Scholeion Psaltikis aims at a thorough and multifaceted education of traditional music students. This will eventually result in organists at a high technical and theoretical level, but also with respect to the tradition and the art they serve. 

Each instrument is approached according to the region in which it comes from, its repertoire, the way it is played and its role in the orchestra. 

Based on the Program of the Ministry of Culture, there are the following Courses taught at our School: 

a. Pan-Hellenic and wider Eastern repertoire of song and instruments 

b. instruments of local traditional repertoires

c. music theory.  

The Artistic Direction of our School has prepared two study directions with the corresponding programs. 

The 1st direction is aimed at people who do not have the time or the ability to follow a strict and demanding Study Program. The students of this direction learn to mainly handle their musical instrument practically. They can achieve a fairly high level of technique through the corresponding repertoire and become good instrument players. Optionally, they can also attend some of the minor theoretical courses held at our School. 

The 2nd Direction concerns a more complete musical education. The goal here remains the same. High level playing and knowledge but also ability to teach others. 

The study program includes a repertoire based on the requirements of each instrument and the region it comes from. It is also based on a series of secondary theoretical and practical courses aimed at further education and development of each musician. Such courses are Western Music Theory, Eastern Music Theory (makam), Rhythmology, History and Morphology, Acoustics, Organology etc. These courses are mandatory for obtaining an official qualification from the Greek state (Bachelor and Diploma). 

Irrespective of which direction one will follow, the instrument lessons are individual and the secondary are compulsory given in groups, while there is also the option of online courses. Upon completion of each class or course, students are examined orally or in writing so that they are qualified for the next study level. 

A very important end is the participation of all students in the School’s student orchestras, each of which studies a different repertoire and geographic region. 

Below you can see more information about each direction: 

Traditional song

Pontic song





Pontic lyra

Cretan lyra






Cretan lute


Cretan mandolin