MAY KOKKIDOU – Music Education Specialist and Researcher, Department of Elementary Education, Campus of Florina, University of Western Macedonia, Ptolemaida, Kozani, Greece May (Maria) Kokkidou, teaches within the field of Music-Pedagogy at the Department of Elementary Education (Campus of Florina), University of Western Macedonia. She has been posted as music educator and kindergarten teacher in Primary Education. She obtains a B.Sc. degree from the Preschool Education Academy of Thessaloniki and a B.Sc. from the Department of Preschool Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She also obtains a M.Sc. Degree on the field of Language- History and Culture from the Department of Elementary Education of Florina, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and PhD in Comparative Music Education (University of Western Macedonia). She has degrees in Classical Guitar, Higher Harmonic Theory, Counterpoint and Band Orchestration. She is a member of ISME, OMEP, EEME and ASCD and of artistic - pedagogical groups. She is author of several articles and books on Pedagogy, Music and Aesthetic Education.

 

ALISON DAUBNEY is curriculum adviser for the new Key Stage 3 National Curriculum for Music and regularly publish reviews for the Teacher Training Resource Bank.  As a researcher she has worked on projects on behalf of QCA, BECTA, TDA, DCSF and national and international arts organisations.  From 2006-2009, in collaboration with the Interactive Institute, Sweden, she co-led the development of the pedagogic framework and training materials for an international e-learning teacher development project funded by a European Union Comenius grant.  She is currently working on a project with Cambridge University developing an international music and creative arts curriculum.  
ADRIAN POP (b. Cluj, September 10, 1951)
 
First musical studies with his father, Dorin Pop, eminent professor and choir conductor. Composition studies at the “Gh. Dima” Music Academy in Cluj between 1970 and 1976, with professors Sigismund Toduţă and Cornel Ţăranu.
 
A very promising talent, Adrian Pop won his first composition awards while still studying: the “Dinu Lipatti” Prize and the National Award of the Art Institutes (1974). A series of further distinctions followed, marking the progress of his career as a composer: the Romanian Composers’ Union Prize (1978, 1981, 1989, 2011), the “George Enescu” Prize of the Romanian Academy (Bucharest, 1996), prizes at the international composition contests in Tours and Arezzo (1979), Roodepoort/South Africa (1983), Trento (1983, 1985, 1987), Spittal/Austria (1986), Gran Canaria/Spain (2003).
 
A long term association bound him with the prestigious “Transilvania” State Philharmonic of Cluj, as an artistic advisor (1983 – 2004) and general director (1991 – 1995). Between 2008 and 2012 he has been Rector of the « Gheorghe Dima » Music Academy, where he is currently teaching composition.
 
An outstading personality of the Romanian musical life, Adrian Pop is the recipient of the Cultural Merit Ordre extended by the President of Romania (2008) and of the « Ordre des Arts et des Lettres » conceded by the French Ministry of Culture (2012).