Cyprus Centre for the Research and Study of Music

The Board


President of the Board of Directors
Dr Avra Pieridou Skoutella, PhD

Dr Avra Pieridou Skoutella is the Founder of the Cyprus Centre for the Research and Study of Music (C.C.R.S.M.).

She is the author of Small Musical Worlds in the Mediterranean; Ethnicity, Globalization and Greek Cypriot Children’s Musical Identities, 2015, London: (Ashgate book) Routledge Press (2nd edition 2016).

Dr Pieridou Skoutella designed MusiChild Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership (2014-2016) which is coordinated by C.C.R.S.M. In September 2014 she was appointed to serve a six-year term as a member of the Editorial Committee of the International Journal of Music Education: Research.

Dr Avra Pieridou Skoutella has been a Post-Doctoral Research Scholar in the Institute of Education University of London, under the supervision of Professor Dr Lucy Green (2012-2013). She was awarded the PhD in Music Education from the same institution under the supervision of Dr Green (2006).

Dr Avra Pieridou Skoutella graduated from the Pedagogical Academy of Cyprus as an Elementary School Teacher (1993) with distinction. With a full CASP-Fulbright Scholarship she continued her studies at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music (1997) in general music education concentration and classical guitar. During her studies at the Eastman School she was also awarded the Sloan Merit Scholarship, recognition in the Dean’s List and the ‘International Award for Preserving and Promoting one’s own Cultural Heritage’ by the International Scholarship Fund of the Eastman School of Music. With additional US governmental scholarships she studied at the School of International Training in Vermont and with the Multi-Track Diplomacy Group in Boston topics on multicultural communication and confidence building, negotiation and conflict resolution techniques. She went on to study the Zóltan Kódaly approach at the Zóltan Kódaly Pedagogical Institute in Hungary. She attended graduate studies in early childhood music education with Dr Donna Brink Fox at the Eastman School of Music. Dr Pieridou-Skoutella also holds an MA Degree in Music Education from Reading University (1998).

Dr Avra Pieridou Skoutella has taught for a number of years the music subject in public elementary schools. In 2002 she designed and established the registered early childhood music education programmes Preludio which include classes for babies, parents, toddlers and young children, music educational workshops and family concerts. They were connected with Arte Music Academy for the years 2002-2008. Avra was the co-developer of the Bachelors of Music Programme of Arte Music Academy, the first institution of tertiary music studies in Cyprus, where she lectured in music education, Cypriot musical tradition, multiculturalism in music education, ethnomusicology and music leadership.

She was invited to design, coordinate, teach and present the two large scale early childhood music education programmes of the Cyprus Symphonic Orchestra Foundation (2009 & 2010). Dr Pieridou Skoutella devised, authored and co-produced the publication Cypriot Traditional Songs for Children; through Music Education Practices (2008) which presents for the first time in Cypriot society and music education system, a small part of the Cypriot traditional songs for children. It contains a CD with traditional children’s singing from the east coast of the island, a book with music education activities for kindergarten and elementary school teachers and parents and a series of Song-books for young children.The Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus having granted accreditation to the publication, included it in the public educational system and equipped all the public kindergarten and primary schools of the country with it.

Dr Avra Pieridou Skoutella has presented research papers in local, regional and international conferences and she has published research articles and book chapters in peer-reviewed journals and publications in education, music education and ethnomusicology. Her research interests include early childhood music education, children’s contextual musical practices and musical play, musical identities, ethnomusicology of musical childhoods, music listening, in-service training in music education, multicultural and intercultural approaches in music education, Cypriot musical tradition in education. She has given workshops on early childhood music education and interculturality in Spain (Madrid, Granada), Italy (Rome), Greece (Athens, Corfu) and Cyprus.

Avra is an early childhood music education specialist and trainer of in-service early childhood music education programmes of educationalists and early childhood care providers.

She is a certified trainer of the Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus for Professional Qualifications and Lifelong Learning. She is also a certified Instructor of Infant Massage by the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM).