Dr. Yiannis Miralis

School : School of Humanities, Social and Education Sciences
Position : Deputy Dean, Associate Professor, Music Education

Dr. Yiannis Miralis Mailing Address
Nicosia
Cyprus

Website
http://www.yiannismiralis.eu/greek/index.html

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Email:  Y.Miralis@euc.ac.cy  Y.Miralis@euc.ac.cy

Profile

Dr. Yiannis Miralis is Associate Professor of Music Education and Saxophone, Vice Chair of the Department of Arts and International Relations Coordinator of the School of Arts and Education Sciences. He has rich and diverse experience in teaching music at all levels (K-12) both in Cyprus and the USA. He has taught at the University of Cyprus, the Arte Music Academy and the University of Windsor in Canada. From 2001 to 2004 he served as Assistant Professor of Music Education and Saxophone at the Lionel Hampton School of Music of the University of Idaho in the USA. He has been at European University Cyprus (ex Cyprus College) since 2005.

 

His areas of specialization are focusing on instrumental music education, multicultural music education and world music pedagogy, music education in preschool and primary school and music teacher training. He is the director of the Symphonic Band of Strovolos Municipality-European University Cyprus and has published articles and book chapters at national and international journals. Miralis is also an active saxophonist and chamber musician. He has performed various times with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, with the Transcontinental, Macedonian and Kommandaria Saxophone Quartets, the Mediterranean Trio, other chamber music groups and the Cyprus Big Band. He is member of various professional organizations, board member of the European Chamber Music Teachers’ Association (ECMTA) and president of the Cyprus Saxophone Association.

Degrees

Michigan State University, PhD, (1997-2002)

Bowling Green State University, MM, (1993-1995)

Lawrence University, BM (1991-1993)

Pedagogical Academy of Cyprus, Teacher’s Diploma (1986-1989)

Publications

  • “World musics and cultural diversity in the music classroom and the community,” book chapter at “The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research in Music Education,” Ed. Colleen Conway (upcoming).
  • “The musical instruments, our friends,” a children’s book (in Greek) coauthored with Kyratsis, P., E. Stratioti and N. Efkolides, Greece (2012).
  • «Music education and world music pedagogy: Recent trends, problems and prospects” (in Greek), book chapter at «Music Education Issues,» Ed. Xanthoulla Papapanagiorou, 89-110, (2010).
  • “Clarifying the Terms ‘Multicultural’, ‘Multiethnic’, and ‘World Music Education’ through a Review of Literature” Yiannis Miralis, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, 24(2), 54-66, (2006).
  • “Manos Hadjidakis: The story of an anarchic youth and a ‘Magnus Eroticus,’” Yiannis Miralis, Philosophy of Music Education Review, 12(1), 43-54 (2004).
  • “Multicultural-world music education at the Big Ten schools: A description of course offerings,” Yiannis Miralis, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, 22(1), 44-56 (2003).

Conferences

  • “Can Johnny improvise? Teaching improvisation in mainstream music education,” Miralis, Y. International conference The Changing Face of Music and Art Education: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Tallinn, Estonia. (2013).
  • “Chamber music by Greek and Cypriot composers,” Miralis, Y. Spring meeting of the European Chamber Music Teachers’ Association (ECMTA), Nicosia, Cyprus (2013).
  • “The chamber music of Giorgos Karvellos,” Miralis, Y. Annual meeting of the European Chamber Music Teachers’ Association (ECMTA), Savonlinna, Finland (2013).
  • “The social role of music: Examples from international initiatives,” Mediterranean Choral Forum, Choral Crossroads, Limassol, Cyprus (2013).
  • “Cypriot traditional music through the discography: An initial examination,” 1st Folklore Symposium, Limassol, Cyprus (2012).
  • “Views of Cypriot teachers in regards to music education in primary school: Identified problems and suggestions,” Miralis, Y. 30th World Conference of the International Society for Music Education (ISME). Thessaloniki, Greece (2012).
  • “Teaching music in primary schools: A critical review of the teaching material for music in Cyprus,” The contribution of Educational Materials in School Teaching: Theory and Applications in Music Education, 3rd International conference of EEMAPE (Ελληνική  Ένωση Μουσικής Αγωγής στην Πρωτοβάθμια Εκπαίδευση), Athens (2009).
  • “Μουσική εκπαίδευση στην Κύπρο: Προβλήματα και προοπτικές.” (“Music education in Cyprus: Problems and prospects”), IV International Cyprological Congress. Nicosia (2008).
  • “Cypriot Students’ Involvement with Musical Activities up to Middle School,” Miralis, Y. & Solomonidou, E. 28th World Conference of the International Society for Music Education (ISME). Bologna, Italy (2008).
  • “Observation and comparison of teaching strategies and practices of piano teachers in Cyprus and the United States”, Benson, C. & Miralis, Y. The Fifth International Conference for Research in Music Education, Exeter, UK, (2007).
  • “The inclusion of diverse musical practices and cultures in selected music academies, conservatories and universities in Europe. Implications for music education and music teacher education,”  The Fourth International Conference for Research in Music Education, Exeter, UK, (2005)
  • “Multi-cultural music education: What are we really talking about?” Symposium in Multicultural Education at the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho (2003).
  • “Manos Hadjidakis: The story of an anarchic youth and a ‘Magnus Eroticus,’” Fifth International Symposium on the Philosophy of Music Education, Chicago, Illinois (2003).
  • “Characteristics of Greek folk music,” 55th Midwestern Conference on School Vocal and Instrumental Music, Ann Arbor, Michigan (2000).

 


Workshop presentations

  • Band workshop for teachers, organized by the Lebanese Band Music Association (LeBaM), Nodre Dame University, (2014).
  • “How to start a beginning band,” University of Tallinn, (2013).
  • “Can Johnny improvise? Teaching improvisation in mainstream music education,” Miralis, Y. International conference The Changing Face of Music and Art Education: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Tallinn, Estonia. (2013).

 

Saxophone Performances


With orchestra

  • Saxophone soloist with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra performing Glass’ Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra (2013), Glazounov’s Concerto in Eb (2011), Ibert’s Concertino da Camera, (2008), Constantinides’ Concerto #4 for Baritone Saxophone (2007) and Milhaud’s Scaramouche (1995).
  • Soloist with the Macedonian Saxophone Quartet at a series of four concerts in Switzerland with the Neuchatel Chamber Orchestra, on the world premiere of Rene Borel’s Concertino pour quatuor de saxophones et cordes (2005).
  • Saxophone soloist with the Philharmonia Ensemble under the direction of Spiros Pisinos, performing Ibert’s Concertino da Camera at a gala concert dedicated to the Day of Europe. Presidential Palace & Strovolos Theatre, 2004.

 

Selected Chamber Music Performances

  • Invited with the Mediterranean Trio organized by the Cyprus Embassy, Munich (2014).
  • Invited series of six concerts with the Kommandaria Saxophone Quartet, organized by the association Donne in Musica, Italy (2013).
  • Invited concert by the Belgian Ambassador in Lebanon on the Belgian King’s Day, American University of Beirut (2012).
  • Performance with the sax-violin-piano trio at a ministerial dinner for the EU presidency of Cyprus, Municipal Art Center (2012).
  • Invited performance with a chamber music group (saxophone, violin & piano) at the Cyprus Cultural Centre (Σπίτι της Κύπρου) in Athens (2011).
  • “The emerald of a dream,” concert with soprano Rebecca Trimikliniotou and pianist Vassilis Kassaras at Rialto Theatre and Pallas Theatre (2011).
  • Performance at the 7th Bereggaria Music Festival at Rialto Theatre (2009).
  • “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires,” concert on the music of Astor Piazzola at the 11th Cultural Festival of the University of Cyprus. Together with Italian Musicians Dr. Marco Albonetti & Vicky Schatzinger,  Axiothea (2008).
  • Performance of contemporary chamber music for saxophone by Greek and Cypriot composers. Adria Conservatory, Italy (2008).
  • Performance with the Macedonian Saxophone Quartet at the cultural events for the 2004 Olympics, Thessaloniki (2004).
  • Performance with the Transcontinental Saxophone Quartet at the Ravenna Festival in Italy (1995).