Programme Aims


* To educate scholarly creative professionals with leadership capabilities in music fields.

*To contribute to the art of music with information exchange through research that will illuminate next generations.

* To publish new research material for further academic research.

*To encourage new theories based on previous research.

* To allow the education of new scholars, who embrace our culture and who are creative in developing new methods and systems.

* To provide participating students with national and international opportunities for their continued education.

* To ensure an environment for artists and scholars for them to be able use their education, research and consulting potentails.

* To connect with other national and international institutes in order to ensure the continued growth of education.

* To collaborate with foreign universities to devise joint programmes and exchange programmes.


Programme Structure


* This program is a doctoral programme with a dissertation, that consists of 36-credit courses and a written dissertation. Every term comprises of 14 weeks and 1 week of examination, totaling to 15 weeks. Programme length is the same as other ITU Graduate School of Social Sciences programmes.


* Applicants, after they fulfill the requirements of Graduate School of Social Sciences, are then examined for the entry to the programme. Concentration areas include: Performance, Composition, Music Theory, Audio Engineering and Design, Sonic Arts, Ethnomusicology, Musicology, Conducting, Baroque Music, and Chamber Music. Students may take either only from their own concentration or they can take courses from other concentrations. Students who successfully finish the Music doctoral programme are awarded with a PhD diploma in Music.


* Music doctoral programme consists of 36-credit courses.


* The language of education is English.


* After taking 36-credit courses, students are examined to test their qualification before starting their dissertations. Students who pass these exams may then take the course MYL 699E to start their dissertations. Dissertation is credit-free, and it is evaluated as pass/fail.


* ITU Undergraduate Grading System is used for end of term grading.


* The programme is carried out in accordance with ITU Graduate Education Legislations.


Application Requirements

 Click for 2015-2016 Fall start application requirements.


Head of Department

 Prof. Şehvar Beşiroğlu


Deputy Head of Department

 Asst. Prof. Dr. Yelda Özgen Öztürk


Faculty Members


Prof. Dr. Cihat Aşkın, violin

Prof. Ş. Şehvar Beşiroğlu, ethnomusicology

Prof. Dr. Kamran İnce, composition

Prof. Erol Parlak, bağlama performance

Assoc. Prof.  Dr. E. Şirin Özgün, ethnomusicology

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jerfi Aji, piano

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tolgahan Çoğulu, guitar

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jülide Gündüz, flute

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Can Karadoğan, audio engineering and design

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Robert Reigle, ethnomusicology

Asst. Prof. Dr. Eray Altınbüken, composition

Asst. Prof. Dr. Süleyman Erguner, ney performance

Asst. Prof. Dr. Yelda Özgen Öztürk, cello

Asst. Prof. Hakan Şensoy, conducting

Asst. Prof. Dr. Nihan Atalay, baroque music

Dr. Hüseyin Sermet, chamber music

Dr. Pieter Snapper, audio engineering and design, composition

Dr. Paul Whitehead,  musicology, baroque music

Dr. Jane Ellen Harrison, musicology

Dr. Reuben de Lautour, sonic arts

Dr. Anıl Çamcı, sonic arts

Ayşegül Sarıca, piano

Lynn Trepel Çağlar, voice

Erkan Oğur, fretless guitar

Ruşen Güneş, viola

Amy Salsgiver, percussion

Engin Gürkey, percussion

Emin Fındıkoğlu, jazz harmony

Melih Fereli, music business and management

Dağhan Baydur, music business and management

Hakan Kurşun, music business and management

Ivan Arion Karst, conducting

Alexandros Charkiolakis, musicology, librarian



Research Assistants

Res. Asst. Berna Anıl, performans-voice

Res. Asst. Burak Onur Erdem, conducting

Res. Asst. Ozan Sarıer, audio engineering and design

Res. Asst. Mustafa Kemal Özkul, ethnomusicology

Res. Asst. Erdem Şimşek, ethnomusicology

Res. Asst. Ahmet Ozan Baysal, bağlama performance


For more information: http://www.miam.itu.edu.tr/

 Programme Website: http://www.miam.itu.edu.tr/