Dr. Maria Varvarigou

is a Senior Lecturer in Music at Canterbury Christ Church University and a Visiting Research Associate at UCL Institute of Education, University of London. Maria has been performing as solo singer, oboist and chorister for many years. She has participated in several recordings of Greek traditional songs and has developed a great interest in performance practices of traditional music. She completed her MA in Music Performance (Singing) at the University of York, in 2003, and was the recipient of the Young Musicians Fund Scholarship. Maria completed her PhD in 2009 as a scholar of the A. S. Onassis Foundation. Maria is currently leading the Pathway on Music Psychology, Health and Education of the undergraduate music programme at Canterbury Christ Church University, which comprises modules on Applied Music Psychology, Community Music, Instrumental teaching pedagogy and Music for therapy and wellbeing. She supervises graduate and doctoral students on topics around music for health and wellbeing; intergenerational music-making; ear-playing and performance practices of vernacular music; teaching and learning in higher and professional education. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Maria is one of the authors of the book Active Ageing with Music published in 2014 by the IoE University Press.