The Musicis Network is coordinated by a team of musicians, teachers and researchers apt to innovate and explore new artistic realms and approaches far from stereotypes. We aim at the communication and the collaboration of the contemporary forces of artistic creativity and their dissemination.
The activities of Musicis are focused mainly in organizing seminars, lectures, workshops, concerts and events that cover the wide spectrum of music, as well as other arts. It also aspires to establish partnerships with institutions and individuals in Greece and abroad, having as its goal to promote art and artistic exchange.
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Nikos Panagiotakis began teaching guitar in 1986 and Advanced Theory in 1988. Apart from offering private tutoring, he also teaches history and morphology of music, instrumentation, orchestration, solfege, ear training and improvisation.
After several collaborations with various educational institutions, he has now established a permanent collaboration with the conservatory "Anagennisi", where he teaches since 1996. This is the only conservatory in Greece which offers modern guitar lessons. He also teaches Theory of Jazz and Improvisation in group classes. Moreover, he is a professor of Harmony, Counterpoint, Fuge and Composition.
The "Central Conservatory" is the institution where he began his studies in modern guitar, since 1981. In 1983, he began his studies in Advanced Theory with Costas Klavas and completed his studies with Theodore Antoniou. After acquiring the diploma in Composition in 1998 he started teaching Advanced Theory (classical harmony, counterpoint, fuge and composition).
Since 2002, he is responsible for the art direction in the conservatory "Musiki Praxi" where he also teaches Advanced Theory.
Municipality of Haidari, Music Department of the Cultural Center (January 2000-June 2006).
This Music Department of the Municipality of Haidari is an institution that operates since the beginning of the '80s. During the course of the years it has carried out multiple activities and has contributed significantly to the cultural scene of the town of Haidari.
Since January 2000 that Nikos Panagiotakis was appointed as its art director the Music Department has maintained a cooperation with more than thirty specialized music instructors, while its students have surpassed seven hundred pupils. The instruments taught were classic guitar, piano, accordion, keyboards, electric guitar, drums, electric bass, bouzouki, as well as traditional instruments such as clarinet, violin, percussion etc. There is also a class for singing lessons which has attracted many students, although it was operating as a supplementary department of the choir ensembles that consisted of about sixty members actively participating in many concerts and festivals. Through a collaboration with the Philharmonic Orchestra, lessons in brass instruments as flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, and philharmonic percussion instruments. Thus, the students that were taught these instruments were offered the opportunity to participate in brass ensembles -depending of course on each student's progress.
At the same time, the Music Department organizes various group activities as the Mixed Four Voices Choir, the Children's Choir, the Music-kinetics Education Department for pre-school children, while the Chamber Music Vocal Group for twelve voices was created consisting of musicians, singers, associates and members of the Mixed Choir of the Music Department. It was involved in a more specialized choir repertoire. Moreover, in order to expand its group activities the Music Department promoted the formation of performing bands that played rock, jazz, popular and traditional music. Through these bands, the young were offered the opportunity to acquire communicative skills, to express themselves, and above all receive information on other music genres from the specialized instructors that guided them and thus, broaden their cognitive horizons. The highlight activity of 2004 was the creation of Chamber Music ensembles that realized concerts presenting mostly works by new composers.
The activity of the Music Department as a whole operated literally in an educational manner, aiming to deliver information and knowledge of the first and second level to as many students possible, so that general music instruction will circulate among them as an idea and a perspective, offering at the same time an opportunity for entertainment and recreation. Already, in the following years musical talents sprung through this whole procedure and today they follow a more specialized involvement in music. All the former teachers of the Music Department gladly
itor the individual or team progress of their students, a concrete result of an effort realized with love and respect both for music and individuals.
The activities of the Music Department certainly include artistic events of various standards. Special shows were organized, aiming at the first level to demonstrate and publicize the work of the Musical Department but also to offer the opportunity to all its students to present their progress and demonstrate their efforts in a social event. This procedure proved to be essential and -from a pedagogic point of view- had a catalytic influence in the development of the personality of the younger students.
The various rock, jazz, Greek traditional and popular music and artistic ensembles, the Philharmonic Brass Orchestra and the Chamber Music Ensembles realized multiple artistic activities in a variety of levels, either in the form of happenings in selected venues, or in concerts.
The Mixed Four Voices Choir had about 60 members and worked with a superior level of devotion consolidating and improving its performance during the course of time. The members of the Choir having appreciated the importance of offering to culture -both in the local and in the national level-and therefore received very positive reviews for their performance and also for their pluralistic repertoire. Their approach combined choir pieces from the early and classical periods of Central Europe with works from the Greek music tradition mixed with others by Greek contemporary composers. They performed works by George Hendel, J. Schulz, Heinrich Schuetz, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, J.S. Bach and others. Nevertheless, since each people of a nation learns by listening to music of other countries and at the same time has the duty to spread its own tradition, the Mixed Choir of the Cultural Center also performed traditional songs from all the regions of insular Greece (Dodecanese, Cyclades, Ionian Islands), as well as from the Central and Northern provinces of the country.
Unfortunately, all this activity was abruptly interrupted and denounced, despite the reaction of all the personnel-both musicians and teachers-when the new administration of the Cultural Center that took office in January 2006 abolished without any pretext all the above activities failing to understand their profound contribution to the artistic and social areas. It was a clear manifestation of their inability to conceive the magnitude of their offer and proved that the optimization of the cultural and aesthetic standards of all the citizens and above all of the young was indifferent to them.
The outcome of the municipal elections in October 2006 brought a new Municipal administration who is trying however to solve the problem created by their predecessors with half-way measures- at least for the time being. The artistic family and the citizens demand for the Cultural Center to operate again and considers it as essential for a modern town.