Programme Aims

ITU Dr. Erol Ucer Centre for Advanced Studies in Music, founded as part of ITU Graduate School of Social Sciences in 1999, is the first Master’s and PhD programme with a 100% English curriculum. Programme stands out especially with its international faculty and student profile. Concurrently, the Centre provides an environment for interdisciplinary research for students with varying educational backgrounds.

ITU Centre for Advanced Studies in Music (CASM) provides a Master’s programme with a contemporary curriculum that employs contemporary educational methods.

The programme aims to educate scholars, performers, sound designers, and creative professionals with leadership capabilities, advanced musicianship, and current research abilities, who can contribute to international forums and research, and lead music scholarship and new music in the information age.

Available concentration areas in the programme include: Musical Performance, Composition, Music Theory, Audio Engineering and Design, Sonic Arts, Ethnomusicology, Musicology, and Music Business and Management.


Programme Structure

Programme’s education is in English.

Programme comprises of 36-credit courses and a credit-free final project.

Programme consists of four semesters, one being the academic foundation semester.

Students are required to enroll and succeed in at least four courses during their first semester, the academic foundation semester. All courses in the academic foundation term are credit-free.

Programme includes 18-credit core, and 18-credit elective courses.

One course is 3+0 credits.

Master’s level courses are listed with 500 code.


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/