MEDITERRANEAN MUSICAL CRADLE :Two Songs for Children from Cyprus and Spain

Harback 720gr, 31,5 x 30,5 x 2 cm with soundboard (13 buttons, 2 x AAA batteries).


This Singing Book publication constitutes an innovation in music consumption, music learning and teaching. It is guided by child-centered music education philosophy and strategies, and its particular aim is to introduce Mediterranean musical heritage in young children’s music learning and musical experiences with their families. The publication serves as a point of reference for two Mediterranean songs for children, with high quality real female singing and orchestrated performances which have been specifically produced for the publication. It implements artistic illustrations based on a music learning methodology and incorporates the most recent high quality technology for improved children’s music listening and holistic aesthetic experience.

It is presented in two languages, (a) Greek, which is the official language of the Greek world (where the publisher is located), and (b) English, which constitutes an international language.

The present publication presents two songs for children from two sides of the Euro-Mediterranean region: the lap song Poumbouría from the island of Cyprus in the east corner of the Mediterranean basin and the lullaby Aurtxo Polita from the Basque country in northern Spain. They were 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, which 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 associations, distinguished academics and professional trainers from the Mediterranean region. Both songs ranked among the most successful in music learning and have been embraced and loved by hundreds of children, their teachers and parents in Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Spain.

1st European Recognition: Invited Presentation at the European Erasmus+ Conference «Paths towards European Citizenship through Cultural Heritage», September 2018, Palermo, Italy, where the publication's poster presentation was awarded the logo of the European Year for Cultural Heritage 2018.



Aurtxo Polita   



Design and editing of the publication – Text – Music education strategies: 

Dr Avra Pieridou Skoutella

Song Selection and arrangement: 

Dr Avra Pieridou Skoutella


Louiza Kaimaki


Avra Pieridou Skoutella (Ι Poumbouría)

Sona Gargaloyan (Aurtxo Polita)

 Ι Poumbouría Song instrumental playing: 

Theodoulos Vakanas (Violin)

Pantelis Iona (Lute) 

Xenios Evangelou (Mediterranean percussions) 

Aurtxo Polita Lullaby instrumental playing:

Anna Kulikova (Harp)

Recording mixing, mastering: 

Efthivoulos Theocharous / City Studio, Nicosia, Cyprus

Graphic and layout design: 

Stella Nicodemou and Chara Christodoulou