Dr. Maria Papazachariou – Christoforou

Dr. Maria Papazachariou-Christoforou is a music educator and currently an Assistant Professor of Music Education and Pedagogy at the European University of Cyprus. She teaches courses in Early Childhood Music, Contemporary Music Approaches, Curriculum Development, and Philosophy and Sociology of Music Education at the Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate levels. Her research interests include contemporary music education pedagogies, early childhood music education, sociological dimensions of music education, musical identities, informal music learning practices, and music and wellbeing.

Dr. Papazachariou-Christoforou has 25 years of experience as a music educator in public primary education in Cyprus, from 1993-2018. She held the position of Music Education Advisor for the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus from 2008-2018. During this time, she was actively involved in the professional development of preschool and elementary school teachers for the Music lesson, offering seminars, workshops, and teaching material. She was also a member of the Committee for developing and implementing the current Music Curriculum of the Ministry of Education and Culture from 2010-2015 while serving as an Officer at the Pedagogical Institute of Cyprus. From 2014-2018, she served as Assistant Director for public primary education in Cyprus.

Dr. Papazachariou-Christoforou holds a Ph.D. in Music Education from the School of Music at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece (2016) and a Master of Music in Music Education from Michigan State University in the USA (2008). She also has a bachelor’s degree in Primary Education from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a Diploma from the Pedagogical Academy of Cyprus (1993). While studying in the USA, she specialized in Music Learning Theory (Edwin Gordon) and collaborated with Edwin Gordon.

Dr. Papazachariou-Christoforou is actively involved in music education research projects in collaboration with music educators and researchers worldwide. She is a member of various organizations, including ISME, GSME, Cipem, EuNetMeryc, ECME, and GIML. She has presented research papers at conferences in Cyprus and abroad and has a publication record that includes peer-reviewed journal papers and research papers in referred conference proceedings. She coordinates the research project “Music During Pregnancy and Infancy,” aiming to enhance musical parenting in infancy.

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