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Cyprus traditional Songs for Children

This classic 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 young 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 and included by the Ministry of Cyprus in the public educational system of the Republic of Cyprus. The publication led the revival of Cypriot traditional music for children, since most of Cypriot traditional songs for children were lost in the centuries and replaced by imported songs instead.

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 to design the publication, devise the teaching methodologies, form the children’s choir and teach the songs and undertake the creation and final production of the publication.

Alongside important musicians and artists cooperated such as the composer Kostas Kakogiannis who orchestrated the songs, the state awarded illustrator Louisa Kaimaki who created the songbooks’ illustrations, the traditional singer Kyriakou Pelayia, the famous Greek singer George Dalaras and many others. In addition 24 aged 8-12 children from the different villages of the Kokkinochória area participated in the choir.