Music Theory & Composition

Program Objectives

The field of Music Theory is based on research, analysis, generating new theoretical models and evaluating them within systematic methodologies. On the other hand Composition creates new pieces within available resources. Having theoretical knowledge – both historical and current  - about compositional techniques and strategies also play a crucial role in the interpretive and creating processes. In this respect it is required to have a graduate level education of Music Theory in an association with various Compositional techniques.  Music Theory and Composition Graduate Program within ITU Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences aims to educate individuals that are specialized in music theory as well as composition.


Program Structure

 Founded under Musicology and Music Theory Major Science Program in 2013-2014, Music Theory and Composition Master’s Programme consists of 4 academic terms in total, one of which is core-review. Each term consists of 15 weeks, 14 of which are for courses and 1 week of final examination.  The term period is in parallel with the other programs of the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences.


Music Theory and Composition Master’s Programme requires a total of 24 credits for graduation, 12 credits are of compulsory courses and 12 credits are of electives. Each course is 3+0 credits. The core-review courses are non-credit. The core-review courses are taken in the first term and at least 4 courses should be taken in which success is mandatory.


Those students who are accepted to the programme can start taking their courses with the consent of their advisors after passing the English exam. 30% of the courses taken in the programme should be in English.


The students can take up to 50% of their elective courses from other programmes within the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences or from the master’s (or doctorate) programmes offered in other universities with the consent of their advisor. 

Application Terms

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Course List

Preparation Semester
Müzik Teorisi               
Makam Teorisi            
Müzik Tarihi  
Research Methods in Music

Compulsory Courses
Karşılaştırmalı Müzik Teorileri    
Orkestrasyon Stilleri ve Çözümleme 
Music, Culture and Creativity         
Yeni Akımlar ve Müzik   

Elective Courses
Avrupa ve Türk Makam Müziklerinde Karşılaştırmalı Çözümleme: 17-18. yy               
Armonilemede Modern Yöntemler                           
Türk Müziği Teorisi: Makam ve Usul                         
Solo Enstruman ve Oda Müziği Yazımı     
Yöresel Müzik Türlerinde Biçim ve Ritm
Avrupa ve Türk Makam Müziklerinde Karşılaştırmalı Çözümleme: 19. yy     
Gelenek, Politika ve Müzik Teorisi               
Türk Müziğinde Çağdaş Kompozisyon     
Koro ve Orkestra Yazımı     
Çağdaş Nota Yazım Sistemleri       

Thesis Project

Board of Administration

Asst. Prof. Eray ALTINBÜKEN 
Asst. Prof. Ozan BAYSAL 

Faculty Members

 Name-Surname  Research Field
Prof. Songül KARAHASANOĞLU  Musicology / Turkish Folk Music / Ethnomusicology /  Popular Music 
Prof. Dr. Nilgün DOĞRUSÖZ DİŞİAÇIK  Historical Musicology/Music Paleography / Music History / Music Sociology
Prof. Dr. Gözde ÇOLAKOĞLU SARI  Historical Musicology / Makam Theory / Turkish Makam Music History / Kemence
Assoc. Prof. Cihangir TERZİ
 Baglama / Metodology of Instruments / Turkish Folk Music Solfeges, Choir and Orchestra of Turkish Folk Music
Assoc. Prof. Şirin KARADENİZ GÜNEY
 Turkish Music / Historical Musicology
Assoc. Prof. Eren ÖZEK 
 Makam Theory / Frequency Analysis / Text Analysis
Asst. Prof. Ozan BAYSAL 
 Music Theory History / Music Cognition / Analysis Models and Music Analysis / Music Aesthetic / Popular Music
Asst. Prof. Eray ALTINBÜKEN   Composition / Music Theory
Asst. Prof. Ayşegül KOSTAK TOKSOY
 Kanun / Theory
 Hanparsum Music Writing / Music Theories /Music Paleography