Purpose of the Program

The main purpose of this program is to educate respectable scientists in the field of music science and inside of a structure using contemporary education techniques; who has leadership characteristics as a music researcher, who’s able to transmit our country and world’s cultural variability to forthcoming generations, who’s able to create new synthesis with an interdisciplinary approach.

Musicology is the scientific approach to music and it is a field which is based on research and collection of scientific data. It is the explanation of not only musical experience and values; but also everything inside of a society which is known and thought about those values should be based on a research inside of a discipline with scientific methods. Musicology discipline consists of subdisciplines such as historical musicology, systematic musicology, folklore, ethnomusicology and popular music. Furthermore one of the main characteristics of musicology is that is has an interdisciplinary identity.  One of the focus points is to understand society through music with the aid and collaboration of sociology, anthropology, politics, linguistics, psychology, philosophy, physics, mathematic and so, and to draw consequences on music, culture and identity.


Structure of the Program

* This program gives education under the Musicology and Music Theory Department. The education is 4 semesters with one of them is scientific preparation. Each semester is 14 weeks class and one week final, and 15 weeks at total. The duration of the program is parallel with other Social Sciences Institute programs.

* In the Musicology Master of Arts program, a student has to take 24 credits; 12 credits from elective courses and 12 credits from compulsory courses. The courses on Scientific Preparation semester is non-credit. First semester is Scientific Preparation and a student has to take 4 courses and pass from those.


* Student who is accepted to department can start to courses with the approval of his/her advisor, after passing the English exam. The language of the program is Turkish. A student has to take English courses with a density of 30%. The students can take the 50% of the credit from their own program. For the rest 50% of the courses, the student can choose from Social Sciences Institute’s other programs, or M.A. or PhD programs of other universities, with the approval of their advisor.


* The evaluation of the grades is based on ITU Undergraduate Grading System.

Application Terms

Please click on for the application terms for 2014-15 Fall Semester. 

Course List

Preparation Semester
MZJ 501H Müzik Teorisi
MZJ 503H Makam Teorisi
MZJ 505H Müzik Tarihi
MZJ 507H Research Methods in Music

Compulsory Courses 
MZJ 502E Foundations of Historical Musicology
MZJ 504 Etnomüzikolojinin Temelleri
MZJ 501 Karşılaştırmalı Müzik Teorileri
MZJ 503E Music, Culture and Creativity

Elective Courses 
MZJ 506 Lale Devri ve Müzik
MZJ 508E Identity Issues in Music
MZJ 510E Anthropology of Music
MZJ 512 Müzik Felsefesi
MZJ 514 Çağdaş Müzik Eğitiminde Öğretim Yöntemleri
MZJ 516E Critical Approaches to Popular Music
MZJ 518 Alan Araştırmasında Güncel Tartışmalar
MZJ 520 Makam Çözümleme I
MZJ 522E Music Cultures: Regions and Trends
MZJ 507 III.Selim Devri ve Müzik
MZJ 509 Müzik ve Toplumsal Cinsiyet
MZJ 511 Etnomüzikolojide Güncel Tartışmalar
MZJ 513E Sociology of Music
MZJ 515E Performance Theories
MZJ 519 Geleneksel Müziklerde Transkripsiyon ve Analiz
MZJ 521 Makam Çözümleme II
MZJ 590 Seminer
MZJ 592 Tez Çalışması


Prof. Şehvar Beşiroğlu
Prof. Songül Karahasanoğlu
Doç. Dr. Belma Kurtişoğlu
Doç. Dr. Gözde Çolakoğlu
Yrd.Doç. Dr. Atilla Coşkun Toksoy
Yrd. Doç. Yalçın Çetinkaya
San. Öğr. Gör. Dr. Süleyman Şenel
San. Öğr. Gör. Dr. Haşmet Altınölçek
Board of Administration

Doç. Dr. Belma Kurtişoğlu
Doç. Dr. Gözde Çolakoğlu
Yrd.Doç. Dr. Atilla Coşkun Toksoy