MUSIC

Tahsin Tolga Yayalar, Ph.D., Chair

Academic Staff
Part-time Academic Staff
Undergraduate Courses
Graduate Courses

The Faculty's departments are today internationally renowned for their excellence in education, international artistic ensembles and activities. Since its founding the main objective has been to train artists, educators and researchers with high creative and interpretative skills in various fields of music.

In addition to the undergraduate and graduate programs, preparatory primary and high schools for music were also founded with the aim of starting music education at the earliest possible age. In order to expand music education to everyone, regardless of age and profession, programs such as the Early Music Training Program for children and "Part-time Music Education" have been ongoing since its founding. Graduate programs cover studies in "music performance and interpretation" in all majors, "music theory" and "music composition".

The Music Department offers Bachelor of Music-B.M., Master of Music-M.M., Proficiency in Art in Music degrees in the following programs and fields;

Theory and Composition Option - B.M., M.M., Pr.A.M.
     Music Theory, Composition.

Instrument Option - B.M., M.M., Pr.A.M.
     Piano, Classical Guitar, Percussion,
     Violin, Viola, Violoncello, Double Bass,
     Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba.

Amongst numerous artistic activities of the faculty are the "International Chopin Piano Competition" 1999 and the "International Theater Meeting" 1998. Since 2001, the students of the music department won many prizes in national and international competitions including "Sarasate", "Palmerès du 30e. Concours Intternational de Musique et d'Art Sonore Electroacoustiques", IBLA. In 2003, the Bilkent Youth Choir won a gold medal in the 21st International Preveze Choir Contest and achieved the runner-up position in the 33rd Florilège Vocal de Tours 2004 competition in France. The Bilkent Youth Symphony Orchestra has partnered with international ensembles such as World Youth Orchestra, the Greek-Turkish Youth Orchestra and has participated in festivals such as the Young Euro Classic.

Bilkent Symphony Orchestra

The Bilkent Symphony Orchestra was founded in September 1993. The orchestra is composed of experienced artists from various countries as well as Turkish. With these characteristics the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, is the first private, academic and international artistic group in Turkey.

With an average of 50 events each season and the participation of Turkish and foreign conductors, soloists and choirs, the orchestra aims to bring a wide range of activities to large audiences; to spread the appreciation of music at the national level through its tours; to undertake international activities and develop cooperation with institutions abroad organizing such events; and to form a bridge of artistic communication with other countries.

Along these objectives the orchestra has toured Italy, Germany, Belgium, Portugal, Switzerland and Japan. The orchestra has recorded over 40 CDs with labels such as BMP, NAXOS and EMI.

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM

COMPOSITION OPTION

FIRST YEAR

Autumn Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
ENG 101  English and Composition I  5    3  6
GE 100  Orientation  1    1  1
MSC 101  Department Seminar I      -  1
MSC 111  Composition I  2    5  9
MSC 113  Techniques of Notation and Instrumentation  3    3  4
MSC 171  Theory I: Fundamentals  4    3  5
MSC 173  Origins of Western Music: From Antiquities to Baroque  4    3  5
MSC 181  Ear Training I  4    3  4
MSC 183  Keyboard Skills I    1  2  2

Spring Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
ENG 102  English and Composition II  5    3  6
MSC 100  Freshman Concert      -  1
MSC 102  Department Seminar II      -  1
MSC 112  Composition II  2    5  9
MSC 114  Fundamentals of Orchestration  3    3  4
MSC 172  Theory II: Harmony and Voice Leading  4    3  5
MSC 174  Opera and Instrumental Music in the Baroque Period  4    3  5
MSC 182  Ear Training II  4    3  4
MSC 184  Keyboard Skills II    1  2  2

SECOND YEAR

Autumn Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
GE 250  Collegiate Activities Program I      -  1
HCIV 101  History of Civilization I  3    3  6
MSC 201  Department Seminar III      -  1
MSC 211  Composition III  2    5  9
MSC 213  Advanced Orchestration I  2    3  5
MSC 271  Theory III: Modal Counterpoint  4    3  5
MSC 273  Music in Europe during the Age of the Enlightenement  4    3  5
MSC 281  Ear Training III  4    3  4
MSC 283  Keyboard Skills III    1  2  2

Spring Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
GE 251  Collegiate Activities Program II      1  1
HCIV 102  History of Civilization II  3    3  6
MSC 200  Sophomore Concert      -  1
MSC 202  Department Seminar IV      -  1
MSC 212  Composition IV  2    5  9
MSC 214  Advanced Orchestration II  2    3  5
MSC 272  Theory IV: Classical Form  4    3  5
MSC 274  19th Century Music and Modernity  4    3  5
MSC 282  Ear Training IV  4    3  4
MSC 284  Keyboard Skills IV    1  2  2

THIRD YEAR

Autumn Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
MSC 301  Department Seminar V      -  1
MSC 311  Composition V  2    5  9
MSC 315  Score Reading I  3    3  4
MSC 321  Tonal Counterpoint  3    3  6
MSC 323  Theory and Analysis of Sonata Forms  4    3  6
MSC 373  History of 20th Century Music  3    3  6
  Elective Language      3  6

Spring Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
HIST 200  History of Turkey  4    4  8
MSC 300  Junior Concert      -  1
MSC 302  Department Seminar VI      -  1
MSC 312  Composition VI  2    5  9
MSC 316  Score Reading II  3    3  4
MSC 322  Post - Tonal Theory  4    3  6
MSC 324  Form and Chromatic Harmony in 19th Century Music  3    3  6
MSC 326  Conducting I  3    3  4
MSC 374  Traditional Turkish Music and Divan Music  3    3  5
  Elective Language      3  6

FOURTH YEAR

Autumn Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
MSC 401  Department Seminar VII      -  1
MSC 411  Composition VII  2    5  9
MSC 415  Score Reading III  3    3  4
MSC 421  Theory and Analysis of Contemporary Music  3    3  6
MSC 425  Conducting II  3    3  4
MSC 473  Contemporary Turkish Music  3    3  6
TURK 101  Turkish I      2  2
  Elective      3  6
  Elective Language      3  6

Spring Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
MSC 400  Senior Concert      -  1
MSC 402  Department Seminar VIII      -  1
MSC 412  Composition VIII: Graduation Project  2    6  9
MSC 416  Score Reading IV  3    3  4
TURK 102  Turkish II      2  2
  Electives (2)      6  12
  Elective Language      3  6

INSTRUMENT OPTION

FIRST YEAR

Autumn Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
ENG 101  English and Composition I  5    3  6
GE 100  Orientation  1    1  1
MSC 101  Department Seminar I      -  1
MSC 103  Orchestra/Ensemble I    3  2  3
MSC 131  Instrument I    2  5  10
MSC 133  Chamber Music I    2  3  5
MSC 171  Theory I: Fundamentals  4    3  5
MSC 173  Origins of Western Music: From Antiquities to Baroque  4    3  5

Spring Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
ENG 102  English and Composition II  5    3  6
MSC 100  Freshman Concert      -  1
MSC 102  Department Seminar II      -  1
MSC 104  Orchestra/Ensemble II    3  2  3
MSC 132  Instrument II    2  5  10
MSC 134  Chamber Music II    2  3  5
MSC 172  Theory II: Harmony and Voice Leading  4    3  5
MSC 174  Opera and Instrumental Music in the Baroque Period  4    3  5

SECOND YEAR

Autumn Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
GE 250  Collegiate Activities Program I      -  1
HCIV 101  History of Civilization I  3    3  6
MSC 201  Department Seminar III      -  1
MSC 203  Orchestra/Ensemble III    3  2  3
MSC 231  Instrument III    2  5  10
MSC 233  Chamber Music III    2  3  5
MSC 271  Theory III: Modal Counterpoint  4    3  5
MSC 273  Music in Europe during the Age of the Enlightenement  4    3  5

Spring Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
GE 251  Collegiate Activities Program II      1  1
HCIV 102  History of Civilization II  3    3  6
MSC 200  Sophomore Concert      -  1
MSC 202  Department Seminar IV      -  1
MSC 204  Orchestra/Ensemble IV    3  2  3
MSC 232  Instrument IV    2  5  10
MSC 234  Chamber Music IV    2  3  5
MSC 272  Theory IV: Classical Form  4    3  5
MSC 274  19th Century Music and Modernity  4    3  5

THIRD YEAR

Autumn Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
MSC 301  Department Seminar V      -  1
MSC 303  Orchestra/Ensemble V    3  2  3
MSC 331  Instrument V    2  5  10
MSC 333  Chamber Music V    2  3  5
MSC 373  History of 20th Century Music  3    3  6
  Elective      2  6
  Elective Language      3  6

Spring Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
HIST 200  History of Turkey  4    4  8
MSC 300  Junior Concert      -  1
MSC 302  Department Seminar VI      -  1
MSC 304  Orchestra/Ensemble VI    3  2  3
MSC 332  Instrument VI    2  5  10
MSC 334  Chamber Music VI    2  3  5
MSC 374  Traditional Turkish Music and Divan Music  3    3  5
  Elective      3  6
  Elective Language      3  6

FOURTH YEAR

Autumn Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
MSC 401  Department Seminar VII      -  1
MSC 403  Orchestra/Ensemble VII    3  2  3
MSC 431  Instrument VII    2  5  10
MSC 433  Chamber Music VII    2  3  5
MSC 473  Contemporary Turkish Music  3    3  6
TURK 101  Turkish I      2  2
  Elective      3  6
  Elective      2  6
  Elective Language      3  6

Spring Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
MSC 400  Senior Concert      -  1
MSC 402  Department Seminar VIII      -  1
MSC 404  Orchestra/ Ensemble VIII    3  2  3
MSC 432  Instrument VIII:Graduation Concert    2  6  10
MSC 434  Chamber Music VIII    2  3  5
TURK 102  Turkish II      2  2
  Elective      3  6
  Elective      2  6
  Elective Language      3  6

MINOR PROGRAM

The program is designed to offer a single track combining applied training and studies in music. Applied courses consist of individual studies on instrument performance and stage performance practices. These courses are carried out one on one with FMPA faculty and artists. Skills to be acquired and experience to be gained from applied courses are expected to be of influence on personal development of students in other areas as well. Potential of musical development of each student sets the standard for each course. Courses on music studies subjects are also offered to supplement the applied courses and to offer scholarly knowledge on the science of music. Applied courses are scheduled with the instructor to suit the availabilities of each student. Other courses are taken together with Music major students.

Prerequisite Courses: None

CURRICULUM

Courses

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
MSC 105  Ear Training for Non-Majors I  2    2  2
MSC 106  Ear Training for Non-Majors II  2    2  2
MSC 107  Individual Music Studies  1  2  2  4
MSC 108  Individual Music Studies II  1  2  2  4
MSC 207  Individual Music Studies III  1  2  2  4
MSC 208  Individual Music Studies IV  1  2  2  4
  Elective(Any MSC course)      3  6

GRADUATE PROGRAM

The aim of the graduate program is to train professional artists in the areas of performance, creativity and research. Students have the opportunity to study and develop under the guidance of internationally renowned artists at the Faculty, and to display their development professionally through presentations, recitals, concerts as well as live and studio recordings. Music Performance and Interpretation majors are invited for selected events to perform with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra and Composition majors works are widely presented by the Faculties professional ensembles.

These public appearances and recordings are organized by the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts to equip the student with advanced professional experience, thereby widening their horizons in the artistic world. Ph.D. candidates are offered a program that emphasizes research in addition to music performance and creation.

The graduate program offers the following degrees in various fields and majors. Courses and requirements are also listed below. (Also refer to the "Graduate Admissions" section in the introduction of this catalog for the general graduate admission requirements.)

Admission requirements common to programs include a Bachelor's degree (non-music majors accepted) with a standing of 3.00 CGPA for scholarship applicants. English Language Proficiency, Reference letters, Admission Interview, Admission Recital, Composition or Theory Portfolio Review, Music Theory and History Assessment.

Master of Music in Music Performance and Interpretation (M.M.)

Program offers a single track curriculum comprising major fields in; Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion, Harp, Piano, Classical Guitar, Violin, Viola, Violoncello, Double-bass, Operatic Voice and Chamber Music.

CURRICULUM

Courses

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
GE 590  Academic Practices      -  12
MSG 500  Department Seminar      -  1
  Department Electives (2)      6  12
  Group I Restricted Electives (8)      24  48
  Non-Departmental Elective      3  6

Degree Requirements

Standing : 3.00 CGPA
     
Requirement : Minimum grade of "B" from MSG 541 jury assessed lecture-concert performance and recording.
     
Thesis : Not applicable.

Proficiency in Art in Music

Program offers tracks in:

  • Music Composition
  • Music Theory
  • Music Performance and Interpretation in; Conducting, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion, Harp, Piano, Classical Guitar, Violin, Viola, Violoncello, Double-bass, Operatic Voice, Chamber Music.

The Composition track and the Music Theory track do not comprise pre-determined fields or areas. Proficiency Thesis of each student determines area of study and research. Music Performance and Interpretation track research requirement or thesis does not need to possess direct correspondence with the candidate's field or major.

CURRICULUM

Courses

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
GE 500  Research Methods and Academic Publication Ethics      -  1
GE 690  Academic Practices      -  24
MSC 550  Department Seminar      -  1
MSC 699  Proficiency in Art Graduation Project      -  160
  Department Electives (2)      6  12
  Group II Restricted Electives (6)      18  36
  Non-Departmental Elective      3  6

Degree Requirements

Standing : 3.00 CGPA
     
Requirement : Minimum grade of "A" from MSG 541 or MSG 527 and MSG 741 or MSG 745 jury assessed lecture-concert performance and recording.
Proficiency examination.
Dissertation proposal evaluation.
     
Publication : The Journal must be listed, as of the submission date of the article in the Institute for Scientific Information's (ISI) Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index and Arts & Humanities Citation Index, or in the department's journal list.
     
Thesis : Submission and assessment of dissertation.

GROUP I RESTRICTED ELECTIVES

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
MSC 511  Music Performance and Interpretation I  2  4  3  10
MSC 513  Music Composition I  2  4  3  10
MSC 515  Music Theory  4  2  3  9
MSC 517  Tonal Music Topics and Analysis  4    3  6
MSC 521  Master's Lecture Recital  2  4  3  10
MSC 525  Bilkent Ensembles  2  4  3  6
MSC 527  Masters Theory Presentation  4  2  3  9
MSC 530  Professional Concert Project      -  15
MSC 531  Music Performance and Interpretation II  2  4  3  10
MSC 535  Contemporary Instrumentation and Performance Parctice  3    3  6
MSC 537  Studies in History of Western Music  4    3  6
MSC 541  Master's Final Concert  2  4  3  10
MSC 577  Symphony after Beethoven  3    3  6

GROUP II RESTRICTED ELECTIVES

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
MSC 551  Music Performance and Interpretation  2  4  3  15
MSC 553  Music Composition  2  4  3  11
MSC 561  Music Performance and Interpretation  2  4  3  15
MSC 563  Music Composition  2  4  3  11
MSC 567  New Music Topics and Analysis  4    3  6
MSC 571  Contextual Perspectives in History of Western Music  4    3  6
MSC 581  Music Performance and Interpretation  2  4  3  15
MSC 583  Music Composition  2  4  3  11
MSC 691  Doctoral Lecture Concert  2  4  3  15
MSC 693  Doctoral Professional Recital  2  4  -  15
MSC 695  Doctoral Proficiency Concert  2  4  3  15

DEPARTMENT ELECTIVES

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
MSC 568  Theoretical Studies in Tonal Music  3    3  6
MSC 569  History of Tonal Music Theory  3    3  6
MSC 570  Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis  3    3  6
MSC 572  Perspectives in Musical Analysis  3    3  6
MSC 577  Symphony after Beethoven  3    3  6
MSC 578  History of Stage Music  3    3  6
MSC 580  Topics in Contemporary Turkish Music  3    3  6
MSC 584  Music of the Last Decade  3    3  6
MSC 585  Opera in the 20th Century  3    3  6
MSC 586  Microtonality  3    3  6
MSC 587  Introduction to Electronic Music  3    3  6

Graduate Elective: Any 5xx coded Bilkent course with 3 credits.


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