Ms. Maro Skordi

School : School of Humanities, Social and Education Sciences
Position : Senior Instructor, Music Education

Ms. Maro Skordi Mailing Address
Nicosia
Cyprus

22713151 22713151

Email: M.Skordi@euc.ac.cy M.Skordi@euc.ac.cy

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Maro Skordi is a senior instructor in Music Education, School of Arts and Education Sciences, of the European University Cyprus since autumn 2010. She holds a Diploma of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and a Master’s Degree in Music (Arts in Education, Professional Studies), Institute of Education, University of London. She worked as a Music Teacher in secondary schools (1970-1983), for the Curriculum Development of the Ministry of Education and Culture (1983-1987), the Pedagogical Academy of Cyprus (1985-1986), the Pedagogical Institute of the Ministry of Education and Culture (1986-1994), as a special teaching personnel in the Education Department, University of Cyprus (1996-1998), as Assistant Headmistress in secondary schools (1994-1996), for the Cultural Services of Ministry of Education and Culture (1999-2000), as a Music Supervisor in Secondary Education (2000-2007) and as a First Administrator of Education, Ministry of Education and Culture (2007-2008). She was piano accompanist to choirs and soloists in concerts, president of Committees (Allumni Association- Pedagogical Institute, University of London, in Cyprus, Music Committee- Inauguration and Final Ceremony of the World Gymnasiade, the Cyprus Music Committee, the Secondary Teachers’ Association) and member of juries (Llangollen Eisteddfod Wales – 1998, 1999, Choral competitions and Song Contests). She a member of the team setting of entrance exams to the Universities of Greece and Head of the Committee setting the Final Music Exams in Secondary Education and Entrance Music Exams to the Greek Universities (2000-2008).  She worked for the development of the New Music Curricula as member of the Committee (1990) and as Head of the Committee for the development of the New Music Curricula in Secondary Education (2000-2007). She was choral conductor of the ‘Choir of the Music Club’, University of Cyprus (1996-1998), the Children’s Choir, Greek College of Music (1997-2004), the Youth Choir, European University of Cyprus (2010-2014), the ‘Leandros Sitaros’ of Pnevmatiki Steghi, Nicosia choir (1984 until today) and the ‘Polyfonia’ Chamber Choir (2003 until today). 

 

 

Seminars, Music Workshops on the pedagogy of Music for Nursery School teachers, for Primary and Secondary school Music teachers: ‘The importance of musical play’ - Seminar and Music Workshop for all Nursery School Teachers of Limassol and Pafos (2014, 2015), Seminars for the Cyprus secondary school Music teachers (2000-2008), Seminars on Music Pedagogy for the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (1997), Music Workshops in Nicosia, Larnaka, Limassol, Famagusta, Pafos for the Pedagogical Institute, Ministry of Education and Culture (1996-1992).

 

Educational Innovations in Cyprus. With the support of the Ministry of Education and Culture, M. Skordi was able to implement educational innovations in Cyprus:

  • 2006 - Organization of Cyprus’ first participation in the Panellenian Musical Games. 
  • 2006 - Implementation of the first Music Lyceum in Cyprus (Nicosias, Febr. 2006, Limassol, Sept. 2006).
  • 2002 -  ‘Artists in Schools’ – Educational Programmes (2002-Ancient Greek Orchestra  Terpandros, 2002- ‘Around the World with a Saxophone Quartet’, and other)
  • 2002 - ‘Regional Choirs and Orchestras’
  • 1999 – Organization and Presentation of ‘The Educational Programmes of the State Orchestra’ for the first time in Cyprus. Writing special booklets with suitable material for the participating students.  
  • 1999 – Organization of big projects using the multidisciplinary approach with the co-operation of the State Orchestra, Cypriot Composers and Schools (Ministry of Education and Culture).
    • 1999 – Educational Concerts of the State Orchestra.
    • 1991 - Projects in a big scale using the multidisciplinary approach, with the involvement of schools, performers and composers: Prometheus Bound (1996), Ancient Greek music and civilization (1991, 1993, 1995, 2001, 2005), ‘Apopse tragoudoume Kypriaka’, talented students from Larnaka and Ammohostos Lycea, composer M. Christodoulides (2005), A Jazz project – students from Larnaka Lycea.
    • Co-operation with Associations, Organizations, Embasies (The Pharos Trust Organization, The British Council, The Goethe Institute, The American Embassy) for the organization of educational concerts and projects (Urban Strawberry Lunch, ‘Between the Notes’ - Matthew Barley, Duende Jazz, etc.)
  • Implementation of the First Music Competition of the Pharos Trust Organization for students from Lycea. 

 

Presentations.

 ‘Leandros Sitaros’ (Presentation of the book ‘Leandros Sitaros – his life and work’), 2012.   ‘Leandros Sitaros’ (organized by the Ag. Omologites Brotherhood Association in honour of L. Sitaros, 2012. ‘Leandros Sitaros, his life and work’ (organized by the Secondary School Teachers’ Organization ΟΕΛΜΕΚ), 2010. The EOKA struggle for freedom 1955-1959 – source of musical inspiration (Conference organized by The Council for the historic memory of EOKA 1955-1959), 2009.  ‘Loulou Symeonidou’ (organized by the Arch. Makarios III Foundation), 2001. ‘Characteristics of Romanticism in Music’ (Arte, Nicosia), 1999. Georges Enescu (Rumanninan Association in Cyprus), 1997. ‘Rusalka’ by Dvorak (for the Radio CyBC), 1995. Benjamin Britten, ‘War Requiem’, 1993. ‘Smetana, Dorak and Janacek’ (Czech Embassy in Cyprus), 1989. ‘Mikis Theodorakis’ (Nicosia Pnevmatiki Steghi, 1989, 1986. Beethoven, his life and work (for the CyBC Radio), Schubert, his life and work (for the CyBC Radio),  ‘Children with special needs in the Cyprus primary schools – equal opportunities’ University of Cyprus, 1997.

Publications

Chapter in books.

  • Chapter ‘Rhythm’ in ‘MOYSIKI I (1996, ISBN 9963-0-4251-1, Ministry of Education and Culture)

 

Editor.

  • ‘Tragoudo ke Matheno’ (Learning through Singing) by Leandros Sitaros (book and CD) for very young children. 1986, ISBN 9963-7597-0-X
  • ‘Holy Liturgy and Byzantine Hymns’ by Konstantinos Kassianos, Publications of the Nicosia Archibishopric, 1999. ISBN9963-561-44-6
  • Music Books, publications of the Ministry of Education and Culture (2000-2007): (a) Orchestrated songs and musical themes for Secondary Education by Evagoras Karagiorgis, Marios Ioannou and Kostas Kakoyiannis (b) Classicism through musical activities by Marios Ioannou, (c) The Greek popular song in the 20th century – an approach for the Lyceum by Evagoras Karagiorgis.

 

Translations (from English to Greek).

  • 2014 - Harris, G. H. ‘Sklavia – Tholopotami, an idyllic place in Chios’ transl. By Skordis, A. and Skordi, M. ISBN 978-960-6798-96-2
  • 2009 - Harris, G. H. ‘The Vatili I knew’  transl. By Skordis, A. and Skordi, M. ISBN 978-9963-654-89-5

Guidance and Editing of books:

  • 2011 –Sitaros G., ‘Leandros Sitaros, his life and work’ Cultural Services, Ministry of Education and Culture.
  • 2004 – Chrysanthou, Chr. ‘Eisagogi stin Armonia’ (tr. Introduction to Harmony) Part A, for the B’ & C’ of Lyceum. Curriculum Development, Ministry of Education and Culture.
  • 2003 - Karagiorgis E. ‘The Greek song in the 20th century – a didactic approach for the Lyceum’ by Ministry of Education and Culture
  • 2003 – Kakoyiannis, K. ‘Tragoudia III’ (tr. ‘Songs III’), Curriculum Development, Ministry of Education and Culture.
  • 2002 – Urban Strawberry Lunch,  ‘Simple home-made musical instruments – How to make them’ , Ministry of Education and Culture.
  • 2002 - Ioannou, M. Charalambidou C. ‘I epohi tou Klasikismou mesa apo mousikes drastiriotites’ (tr. Classicism through musical activities), Curriculum Development, Ministry of Education and Culture.
  • 2002 – Kakoyiannis, K. ‘Tragoudia II’ (tr. ‘Songs II’), Curriculum Development, Ministry of Education and Culture.
  • 2001 – Karagiorgis, E., Ioannou, M. ‘Tragoudia I’ (tr. ‘Songs I’), Curriculum Development, Ministry of Education and Culture.
  • 2000 - Ioannou M., Ev. Karagiorgis, ‘Orchestrika 1’ (tr. Orchestrations’); Curriculum Development, Ministry of Education and Culture.
  •  ‘Orchestrated songs for schools of Secondary Education’, Ministry of Education and Culture
  • 1999 - Kassianos K. ‘The Holy Liturgy and Ecclesiastical Hymns’  Holy Archibishopbric of Cyprus, ISBN9963-561-44-6
  • 1986 - Sitaros L. ‘Tragoudo ke matheno’  (tr. ‘I learn through singing’) (book and CD), ISBN 9963-7597-0-X

 

Co-writer of books:

  • 2013 - Stavrides, M., Skordi, M., Hadjigeorgiou-Lympouri A. ‘MOYSIKI’ Music package (teacher’s book, students’ book, exercise book) for the Class A’ of the Gymnasium, Book Code 0-21-0175 Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, ISBN 978-960-06-3026-8
  • 2002 - Skordi, M., Spyrou A., Stavrinides, Chr. ‘Jazz for the Lyceum’, ISBN 9963-0-4412-3, Curriculum Development, Ministry of Education and Culture; co-writer and editor).
  • 1987 – Skordi, M. & Koutsoupidou M. ‘Teaching Elements of Theory through Melody’ Book Β’ (ISBN 9963-0-4012-8, ISBN 9963-0-4014-4, Publication of the Ministry of Education and Culture.
  • 1986 - Skordi, M. & Koutsoupidou M. ‘Teaching Elements of Theory through Melody’ Book A’ ISBN 9963-0-4012-8, ISBN 9963-0-4013-6, Publication of the Ministry of Education and Culture.
  • 1986 - Transcription (from audio cassettes) and writing down in music notation of all the songs contained in Psillita P., ‘To Epos tis EOKA’ .

 

Writer of: 

  • 2010 - ‘Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol … Mousiko taxidi xekino’ – 13 musical instruments for young children through musical games and fairy tales (DVD and 2 CDs) ISBN 978-9963-9592-0-4, Publication of Association ‘Leto Papachristoforou’
  • CD ‘Kalimera’, Children’s songs – Children choir of Greek Odeion, Nicosia. Teaching, orchestration: M. Skordi LSD 004

Refereed Journals

  • 2010 - Skordi, M.  ‘Yiangos Michaelides (1904-1972)’, in MIDEM, Cultural Services, Ministry of Education and Culture, ISBN 978-9963-0-0139-2.
  • 2009 - ‘Music Education in Public Secondary Education – Problems and perspectives’ in ‘Music Development in Cyprus’, KY.ΣΥ.Τ.Ε. Nicosia
  • 2008 - Proceedings of the Conference ‘State Politics and Music Development in Cyprus’, University of Nicosia
  • 2006 - Skordi, M.   ‘Choir movement and Brass Bands in Cyprus. A historic presentation’ in MIDEM Cultural Services, Ministry of Education and Culture.
  • 2005 – Skordi, M. ‘Music in Cyprus –from antiquity until today. A short reference’ in MIDEM Cultural Services, Ministry of Education and Culture.
  • 2003 – Skordi, M. ‘Ellinika stoixeia sto mousiko prosopo tis Kyprou’ (Greek elements in the musical face of Cyprus). Proceedings of the Conference ‘Cyprus, its cultural face through the ages’. Centre of Research of ‘Iera Moni Kykkou’, Nicosia, ISBN 9963-645-10-0 

Conferences

Refereed Conference Proceedings:

  • ‘Ellinika stoixeia sto mousiko prosopo tis Kyprou’ (Greek elements in the musical face of Cyprus). Proceedings of the Conference on ‘Cyprus, its cultural face through the ages’, Publication of the Centre of Research of ‘Iera Moni Kykkou’, Nicosia 2003, ISBN 9963-645-10-0.
  • ‘Music Education in Public Secondary Education – Problems and perspectives’ in ‘Music Development in Cyprus’, publication of KY.ΣΥ.Τ.Ε. Nicosia, 2009. Proceedings of the Conference ‘State Politics and Music Development in Cyprus’, 2008, University of Nicosia).

Active Participation in Conferences and Symposia.

  • ‘The History of the Brass Bands in Cyprus’ Conference on Greek and Cypriot Brass Bands organized by the European University of Cyprus (2016).
  •  ‘Kypros Chrysanthis’ poetry set to music’ organized by the Society of Cypriot Studies (2015).
  • One of the presenters of the book  ‘Poetry by Cypriot Women, 1878-2008’ (Poisi Kyprion Gynaikon) by Despina Charalambidou Solomi (Kastelliotissa, 2015).
  •  ‘Kypros Chrysanthis’ poetry for children set to music’ organized by the Friends of the Strovolos Municipal Library Society (2015).
  • ‘The Cyprus Educational Programmes’ (ΕΕΜΑΠΕ 5th International Conference, Athens, 2014).  
  • ‘The Choir movement in Cyprus – problems and perspectives’ (Conference organised by the European University, ‘Music in Cyprus - Present and Future’) (2012).
  • ‘Children choral singing in Cyprus’ (4th Conference for Children Choral Singing, Athens, 2010).
  • ‘Music in Public Secondary Education– Problems and Perspectives’ (Conference ‘State Politics and Musical Development’ organized by the University of Nicosia, 2008).
  • ‘Music in the Cyprus Secondary Education’ (22nd Panellenic Conference on Primary Music Education, Athens, 2007).
  • ‘The Music of Thraki-Aegeo-Cyprus, A Comparison’ (Conference organized by the Cyprus Music Committee, member of the UNESCO Music Committee, Nicosia, Kasos, Alexandroupolis, 2007).
  • ‘The Interdisciplinary approach and Music Curricula’, Conference organized by the European University of Cyprus on ‘Interdisciplinary Approach’ (2006).
  • ‘Cyprus Music Education in Secondary Schools’ in SOCRATES ARION (Salzburg, Austria, (Study Visits for Education specialists ‘Education inspired by Music’ (2006).
  • ‘Music in Secondary Education and Educational Politics’, Conference organized by the Association of Cyprus Music Education ΜΟΥ.ΣΥ.ΚΥ. Nicosia (2006).
  • ‘Greek elements in the musical face of Cyprus’ (‘Ellinika stoixeia sto mousiko prosopo tis Kyprou’ Conference ‘Cyprus, its cultural face through the ages’ Organized by the Ministry of Education and Culture, Symvoulio Istorikis Mninis Agona EOKA 1955-1959, Idrima Apeleftherotikou Agona EOKA 1955-1959, School of Philosophy, Athens University, 2003).
  • ‘The History of Brass Bands in Cyprus’ (International Conference, Corfu (2002).
  • "Teaching Music to children with special needs – equal opportunities in the Primary School", University of Cyprus (1997).
  •  ‘Choir movement in Cyprus, today’ Panellenian Choral Conference, Thessaloniki, Cultural Capital of Europe, 1997.
  • Presentation of projects using the multidisciplinary approach in collaboration with various schools in Nicosia, Larnaka and Limassol (organized by the Council of Europe in Cyprus in collaboration with the Institute of Education of the Ministry of Education and Culture, on “Ancient Greek Language, Civilization and Music – Influences”), (1991, 1993, 1995, 2001).

 

Participation in Conferences.

  • 2005 - Participation in the yearly meeting of EU-wide Network for government officials who work on culture and civilization in Education (Salzburg, Austria)
  • 2004 - Conference of AEC Congress (Oviedo, Spain)

 

Organization of Conferences by M. Skordi.

2015 – Teaching of Contemporary Music in Schools through the work of Cypriot Composers (European University of Cyprus)

2012 – ‘Choral Conducting’ (European University of Cyprus)

1998 – Organization of the 1st International Music Conference, organized by the Secondary Music Teachers’ Association  (as President of the Committee, President of the Secondary Music Teachers’ Association)