Christina Charalambidou-Pitta 

Christina Charalambidou-Pitta is a PhD candidate in Music Education at the European University of Cyprus. She also holds an MA in Music and Music Education with a specialization in early childhood education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a BA in Music from Queens College, CUNY. Since 2008, she has worked in private pre-schools, primary and secondary schools and organizations in New York and Cyprus. Some of these projects are the family concerts organized by the N.Y. Philharmonic. She has also participated in the WeBop jazz program at Lincoln Center. Furthermore, she worked as a teaching fellow at the Department of Education, University of Cyprus (2014-2017).  In 2017, she started working as a teaching fellow at the School of Arts and Education Sciences, European University Cyprus. Since 2022 she works at the music program ΣymhpoΠedia of the Youth Symphonic Orchestra of Cyprus.

 She participates in research projects at the SoScieAtH, European University. Her research interests focus on creative music teaching practices in Early Childhood Education, pre- service pre-school teachers’ music growth and the study of singing experiences from the wombto infancy. In 2011 she created the music programme “Baby Maestro Cyprus” for ages 4 months to 6 years old, which they continue to implement. She organizes and  conducts various music educational workshops for children and educators. She is a registered music educator with the American organization MIMA Music, which aims to organize music programmes in various countries around the world. Since 2021, she has been collaborating with Enalia Physis Environmental and Research Center to design and conduct creative environmental workshops for children of ages 4 -12 years old. For the above environmental workshops she received a grant along with Rebecca Katsari for the project “Increasing Marine Environmental Awareness through the creative arts” (2022-23).

Her passion for music and music education is accompanied by the creation of innovative family concerts. Her concerts are based on original stories written by her. The central character of the stories is a chicken named Kiki, who is always involved in various adventures that determine the musical narration. So far, she has written the following educational musical stories: 1) Kiki in the Storm, 2) Kiki at the bottom of the Sea, 3) Kiki in the Jungle, 4) Kiki in America, and 5) Jazzy Bee (short list, 2019).