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Turkish Music Department

Turksih Music Department is the first department of Ege University State Conservatory of Turkish Music founded under the title Turkish Music Fundamentals Department.  It started education with 50 students in October 15, 1984. There are two main programs in the department as Turkish Art Music and Turkish Folk Music. In the department where approximately 600 students are being instructed academic staff 41 scholars, there is a curriculum of 4 years the first 2 years for undergraduate and the other 2 for graduate degrees.

The Department of Traditional Turkish Music Fundamentals aims at educating competent researchers, scholars, artists and educators so as to introduce and transmit Turkish Music to the next generations.

Various scholarly and artistic activities are undertaken in order to fulfill this aim.  These scholarly projects aim at creating new methods for Turkish Music education, bringing the historical resources of Turkish Music into daylight and supporting the improvement of Turkish Music in every aspect. Within this context, Traditional Turkish Music Fundamentals is also one of the departments with the maximum number of publications among the music departments in Turkey. The artistic activities performed are the reflections of the academic studies onto the stage. Throughout the year, the students of the department make some performances in the conservatory under the guidance of their instructors. Apart from these, our academic staff having both scholarly and artistic identities make performances in Turkey and abroad and also participate in various activities.

The courses like Turkish Music Solfeges and Theory, Basics of Solfege and Theory, Piano, Voice Training, Instrument Training, Computer Notation Practices, Ataturk’s Principles and History of Turkish Revolution, Foreign Language, Transition into University Life are given during the first year of the four year curriculum, then theoretical and practical courses are given to the students according to the  programs.


The candidate must have a minimum score by OSYM for the schools that accept students with a special talent exam. Visually impaired people are also accepted after successfully passing the exams related to the Turkish Music Department. The candidates are expected to have a musical perception and melodic memory adequate to proceed with the education given in the department.

                                                                                              DEPARTMENT ADMINISTRATION

       Prof. Berrak TARANÇ                                              Assoc. Prof. Esin DE THORPE MILLARD (PhD)                            Assoc. Prof. Özgür Çelik (PhD)

          Head of Department                                                              Co-head of Department                                               Head of Turkish Folk Music Program

                    &                                                                         Assoc. Prof. S. Çağrıhan ERKAN (PhD)

Head of Turkish Art Music Program                                               Co-head of Department







Ege Üniversitesi