Kanellopoulos Panagiotis A.

Ακαδημαϊκή Βαθμίδα: 
Associate Professor
Music Education
Telephone Number: 
24210 06362
pankanel [at] ece [dot] uth [dot] gr
pankanel [at] gmail [dot] com

Panagiotis A. Kanellopoulos received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Music Education from Reading University (UK). His research focuses on developing socio-cultural perspectives on children’s musical improvisation, on ethnographic approaches to young people’s musical creativity and on collective improvisation and composition as a form of socio-political musical practice. He has co-edited the volume Arts in Education, Education in the Arts (Nissos, 2010, in Greek) and has published articles in international publications and leading scholarly journals (including Psychology of Music, Philosophy of Music Education Review, British Journal of Music Education, Action Criticism and Theory for Music Education, Educational Philosophy and Theory). He studied mandolin with Alison Stephens, and is regularly performing and recording both improvised and composed music in a variety of musical contexts. Panagiotis has led many experimental educational workshops that focus on collective free improvisation with variable forces, in a wide range of venues and contexts. He currently serves as an Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Thessaly, Greece, and has been co-chair of ISPME (International Society for the Philosophy of Music Education) (2009-2013), co-organising the 10th International Symposium of the Society that was held in Columbia University, NY, in June 2013. As site chair of the Society Panagiotis hosted ISPME Symposium 11 at the University of Thessaly, June 4-10, 2017 (symposium website: ispme2017.uth.gr)

Publications: Music

Monday's Drop(s): Three Improvisation Moments, Armures Provisoires, 2018:  http://www.armuresprovisoires.com/mondaysdrop.php

Dora Panagopoulou & P. A. Kanellopoulos: Diving Excercises (for tape and improvised mandolin), Armures Provisoires, 2018.

Dora Panagopoulou, Tim Ward & P. A. Kanellopoulos: MishearingsArmures Provisoires, 2018.

Publications: Research 

 Referred journal articles 

  • Ferm-Almqvist, C. , Benedict, C. , Kanellopoulos, P.A. (2017). Pedagogical encounters in music: Thinking with Hannah Arendt.European Journal of Philosophy in Arts Education, 2(1), 1-48.
  • Kanellopoulos, P. Α. (2016). Problematizing (musical) Knowledge – Power relationships: a Rancièrian provocation. Philosophy of Music Education Review, 24(1), 24-44.
  •  Kanellopoulos, P. Α. , Nakou, I. (2015). Experimenting with sound, playing with culture: Collaborative composing as a means for creative engagement with the museum world. MuseumEdu: Εκπαίδευση και έρευνα σε πολιτισμικά περιβάλλοντα / Education and research in cultural environments, 1, pp. 135-160. Available at: http://museumedulab.ece.uth.gr/main/en/node/343
  • Kanellopoulos, P. Α. , Stefanou, D. (2015). Music beyond monuments: Re-imagining creative music engagement in the light of museum-based projects. MuseumEdu: Εκπαίδευση και έρευνα σε πολιτισμικά περιβάλλοντα / Education and research in cultural environments, 1, pp. 37-64. Available at: http://museumedulab.ece.uth.gr/main/en/node/343
  • Kanellopoulos, P. (2012). Response to R. Mantie’s Bands and/as Music Education: Antinomies and the Struggle for Legitimacy,Philosophy of Music Education Review, 20(1), 192-197. 
  • Kanellopoulos, P. Α. (2012). Envisioning Autonomy through Improvising and Composing: Castoriadis visiting creative music education practice. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 44(2), 151-182.
  • Kanellopoulos, P. Α. (2011). Freedom and Responsibility in Musical Improvisation: A view from Bakhtin. Philosophy of Music Education Review, 19(2), 113-135.
  • Wright, R. & Kanellopoulos, P. A. (2010). Informal music learning, improvisation and teacher education. British Journal of Music Education, 27(1), 71-87.
  • Kanellopoulos, P. Α. (2007). Musical Improvisation as Action: An Arendtian Perspective. Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education 6(3): 97-127. http://act.maydaygroup.org/articles/Kanellopoulos6_3.pdf
  • Kanellopoulos, P. Α. (2007). Children’s early reflections on improvised music-making as the wellspring of musico-philosophical thinking. Philosophy of Music Education Review,15(2), 119-141.
  • Kanellopoulos, P. Α. (2000). ‘You are full of ears’: aspects of children’s meanings and practices of musical improvisation.Resonance 8(1), 10-13. [περιλαμβάνει CD με παραδείγματα από επιτόπια έρευνα του συγγραφέα]
  • Kanellopoulos, P. Α. (1999). Children’s conception and practice of musical improvisation. Psychology of Music, 27(2), 175-191.
  • Kanellopoulos, P. Α. (2013). Αναζητώντας τον ρόλο του Μουσικού Αυτοσχεδιασμού στη Μουσική Εκπαίδευση: Οι παιδαγωγικές δυνατότητες της καλλιέργειας της (μουσικής) ελευθερίας [Cultivating (musical) Freedom: The educativive potential of musical Improvisation. Μουσικοπαιδαγωγικά [Musikopedagogika] (Επιστημονική Επιθεώρηση της Ελληνικής Ένωσης για τη Μουσική Εκπαίδευση) [referred journal of the Greek Society for Music Education, G.S.M.E.], vol. 11, 5-43.
  • Kanellopoulos, P. Α. (2011) Ο Κρίστοφερ Σμολ και η ανατροπή του μουσικοπαιδαγωγικου Κανόνα. [De-Canonising Music Education: Αn Homage to Christopher Small]. Approaches: Music Therapy & Special Music Education, 3(2), 48-55. Available athttp://approaches.primarymusic.gr/approaches/content/view/42/1/lang,en/ 
  • Kanellopoulos, P. Α. (2010). Προσεγγίσεις στην έννοια και την παιδαγωγική του μουσικού αυτοσχεδιασμού. [Perspectives on the concept an the educational dimensions of musical Improvisation] Μουσικός Λόγος, Μουσικολογική Επιθεώρηση του Τμήματος Μουσικών Σπουδών του Ιονίου Πανεπιστημίου [Mousikos Logos, Musicological Review of Department of Music Studies, Ionian University, Greece], 9, 5-36.

Chapters in referred edited collections 

  • Kanellopoulos, P. A. (2019).  An 'impossible' place: The creative antinomies of Manos Hadjidakis' modernism. In Dafni Tragaki (Ed.), Made in Greece: Studies in Popular Music (pp. 65-82). London: Routledge.
  • Kanellopoulos, P. A. Wright, R. W. , Stefanou, D. , Lang, J. (2017). Pictures of ignorant freedom: Music improvisation and informal music pedagogy. In R. W. Wright, B. A. Younker and C. Beynon (eds.), 21st Century Music Education: Informal Learning and Non-Formal Teaching Approaches in School and Community Contexts. CMEA/ACME Biennial Book Series, Research to Practice.
  • Kanellopoulos, P. A. (2015). Musical creativity and ‘the police’: Troubling core music education certainties. In Cathy Benedict, Patrick Schmidt, Gary Spruce, and Paul Woodford (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Social Justice in Music Education (pp. 318-339). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Kanellopoulos, P. A. , Wright, R.W,  (2012). Improvisation as an informal music learning process: Implications for teacher education. In Lauri Väkevä & Sidsel Karlsen (Eds.), Future prospects for music education: Corroborating informal learning pedagogy. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Kanellopoulos, P. A. (2011). In Pursuit of Musical Freedom Through Free Improvisation: A Bakhtinian Provocation to Music Education. In Jayne White & Michael Peters (eds.), Bakhtinian Pedagogy: Opportunities and Challenges for Research, Policy and Practice in Education Across the Globe (pp. 91-116). Pieterlen, Switzerland: Peter Lang.
  • Kanellopoulos, P. A. (2010). Towards a Sociological Perspective on Researching Children’s Creative Music Making Practices: an Exercise in Self-Consciousness. In R. Wright (ed.), Sociology and Music Education (pp. 115-138). London: Ashgate.
  • Kanellopoulos, P. A. (2008). The Oughtness of Freedom: Sketching a Bakhtinian Perspective on Musical Improvisation and Its Implications for Music Education. In Μ. Pourkos, (ed.), Perspectives and Limits of Dialogism in Mikhail Bakhtin: Applications in Psychology, Art, Education and Culture (pp. 269-284). Rethymnon: Department of Early Childhood Education, School of Education, University of Crete. 
  • Chronaki, Α. & Kanellopoulos, P. (2008). Performing Beginnings, Performing Bodies. In Α. Chronaki (wd.), Mathematics, Technologies, Education: The Gender Perspective (pp. 61-75). Volos: Thessaly University Press.
  • Kanellopoulos, P. A. & Papakonstantinou, G. (2011). Θραύσματα πολυτροπικών βιωμάτων της πόλης: δημιουργικότητα, μετασχηματισμός και αναπλαισίωση – σκέψεις επάνω σε ένα μουσικο-οπτικό δρώμενο [Fragments of Multimodal Lived Experience Of The City: Creativity, Transformation and Re-Contextualisation – Reflections on a Music-Visual Project]. In M. Pourkos & E. Katsarou (eds.), Βίωμα, Μεταφορά και Πολυτροπικότητα: Εφαρμογές στην επικοινωνία, την εκπαίδευση, τη μάθηση και τη γνώση [Experience, Metaphor and Multimodality: Implications in Communication, Education, Learning and Knowledge] (pp. 286-304). Thessaloniki: Nisides.
  • Kanellopoulos, P. A. (2010). Η εθνογραφική μελέτη των τρόπων που τα παιδιά δημιουργούν μουσική: μεθοδολογικά ζητήματα, εκπαιδευτικές προεκτάσεις [Ethnography of Children’s Creative Music-making Practices: Methnodological Issues, Educational Implications. In M. Pourkos & M. Dafermos (eds.), Ποιοτική Έρευνα στην Ψυχολογία και την Εκπαίδευση: Επιστημολογικά, Μεθοδολογικά και Ηθικά Ζητήματα [Qualitative Research in Psychology & Education: Epistemological, Methodological & Ethical Issues] (pp. 511-538). Athens: Topos.
  • Kanellopoulos, P. A. (2009). Μουσικός Αυτοσχεδιασμός και Μουσική Εκπαίδευση: Σχέσεις και (εν)τάσεις [Improvisation in Music Education]. In X. Papapanagiotou (ed.), Ζητήματα Μουσικής Παιδαγωγικής [Issues in Music education] (pp. 239-264). Thessaloniki: GSME.
  • Kanellopoulos, P. A. (2009). Μια Κοινωνικο-πολιτισμική Προσέγγιση στη Μελέτη της Παιδικής Μουσικής Έκφρασης και Δημιουργικότητας [A sociocultural approach to the Study of Children’s Musical Creativity]. In M. Pourkos (ed.), Τέχνη, Παιχνίδι, Αφήγηση: Ψυχολογικές και Ψυχοπαιδαγωγικές Διαστάσεις [Art, Play, Narrative: Psychological and Educational Dimensions] (pp.311-355). Athens: Topos.

Edited Book

  • (in collaboration with N. Tsaftaridis, in Greek) (2010). The Arts in Education-Education in the Arts [in Η Τέχνη στην Εκπαίδευση – η Εκπαίδευση στην Τέχνη]. Athens: Nissos (http://www.nissos.gr/book.asp?bookId=174 )


Published conference papers in referred conference proceedings  

  • Κανελλόπουλος, Π. Α. & Δ. Στεφάνου, (υπό δημοσίευση).  Ασκήσεις κριτικής δημιουργικότητας: Ο ελεύθερος μουσικός αυτοσχεδιασμός στην εκπαίδευση - αναστοχασμός πάνω σε ένα εργαστήριο. Πρακτικά του Διεθνούς Επιστημονικού Συνεδρίου «Τέχνη & Εκπαίδευση:Διδακτικές και Παιδαγωγικές προσεγγίσεις στο Σχολείο του 21ου αιώνα»Αθήνα: Ινστιτούτο Εκπαιδευτικής Πολιτικής (ΙΕΠ).
  • Avgoustaki, Ε., Kanellopoulos, P.A. , Leftherioti, Μ. ,  Koumoulentzou , Μ. , Athanasiou , Κ. , Zachos, D. A. (2015). Little ad(d) music: from museum artefacts to music creative acts. In G. Papakonstantinou, S. Alifragis, C. Papasarantou (Eds.), Proceedings of the Museums in Motion  International Conference, Volos 3-4/7/2015 (pp. 89-93)
  • Kanellopoulos, P. A. (2012). Music education and/as artistic activism: Music, Pædeia and the Politics of AestheticsProceedings of the 30th ISME (International Society for Music Education) World Conference Music Paedeia: From the Ancient Greek Philosophers to Contemporary Global Music Communities, Thessaloniki, 15-20 July 2012.
  • Kanellopoulos, P. A. (2011). Cage’s short visit to the classroom: Experimental music in music education – A sociological view on a radical move. In J. O’Flynn (ed.), Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education, held at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland (5th - 9th July 2009). 
  • Kanellopoulos, P. A. (2010). Experimental music in music education: Promises and conflicts. In Costas Tsougras, Danae Stefanou and Kostas Chardas (eds.), Proceedings of the International Conference Beyond the Centres: Musical Avant-Gardes Since 1950, Thessaloniki, Greece, 1-3 July 2010, http://btc.web.auth.gr/
  • Kanellopoulos, P. A.  (2008). ‘For Us It Is Important, But To Other People It Might Seem Foolish’: Conceptualizing ‘Child Music’. In B. A. Roberts (ed.), Sociological Explorations: Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education (pp. 217-236). St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada: The Binder’s Press.




  • https://uth.academia.edu/PanagiotisKanellopoulos
  • http://lecad.arch.uth.gr/en/nodes/show/1# (The scandal of [musical] democracy project)
  • http://ispme.net/
  • http://ispme2017.uth.gr/