To all of you who take responsibility for these lives of ours and dispose of them so heartlessly and gratuitously for your own sakes, so that for no purpose they may become as resourceless as your meagre souls, take also these wages of mine, insignificant as they may be to you, and turn them into dust and ashes along with your own prestige. However, do not deprive me for even one moment of my dignity in being a woman of Greece! Georgia Markea
Georgia G. Markea is a Doctor in Music Education (PhD, Piano Pedagogy) of the University of London (Institute of Education), where she studied under Professor Keith Swanwick with the aid of a grant from the Greek Government (IKY). At the Institute of Education she has also completed post-doctoral research in Talent in Piano Playing under the guidance of Professor Graham Welch. At the Institute of Education she has also completed post-doctoral research in Music Technology under the guidance of Professor Graham Welch. She is also a graduate of the Athens School of Philosophy and the Athens School of Social Sciences. She has a Piano Diploma and Degree (First Class) from the Athens Conservatory, where she studied under the guidance of Phoebe Vallinda and with the aid of a grant, and has done two years’ postgraduate studies in piano performance. She also has degrees in Higher Harmonic Theory, Counterpoint and Fugue. As a pianist she has taken part in concerts in Greece and abroad, which were followed by excellent reviews in well-known newspapers. She has served as a social worker from 1982-1984 and from 1988 has been permanently assigned to secondary education as a musician, specialising in the piano. She has worked as an ethnomusicologist for the Academy of Athens with significant work in the preservation of the Greek cultural heritage. She has given many presentations about Music Education and Piano Pedagogy at international conferences in Greece and abroad. Since the academic year 2003-2004 she has been teaching in the postgraduate department of teachers at the Marasleio College of Primary Education in Music Education seminars. She has also been teaching the newly-appointed teachers of music at the Regional Educational Centers. Since the academic year 2007-2008 she has been seconded as a School Advisor for Music Education in Athens. She has been the vice -president of the Union for Primary Music Teachers (Ε.Ε.Μ.Α.Π.Ε.) from 2007 until 2009. She is a member of the Hellenic Union for Music Education (E.E.M.E.), which represents in Greece the International Society for Music Education (ISME). From 2002 until 2006 she has been head of the Piano Pedagogy Group. She is a founder member and in charge of the music department of the Artistic and Intellectual Association of Egaleo, and also member of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (AT.IN.E.R.). She is an assessor for the Ministry of Labour with responsibility for the activities for human resources in the sphere of Culture, Sports and the Mass Media. Her oeuvre consists of ten books and dozens of articles in books and journals selected by critical committees.
She is married to Dimitrios Tilaveridis, who is also a School Advisor and she has a daughter named Katerina Verdi.