Department of Music
The Department of Music, which opened in 1978 to provide jazz studies, was a place where talented Turkish youth met with jazz musician greats and when they graduated they could sail off onto new horizons. Some of the most important masters of the Turkish music scene were trained at this school.
In 2005, the Department of Music made the decision to broaden its limits beyond just Jazz and created an all new department that stood at an equal distance from all areas of music, combining the fields of composition and sound technology and taking a fresh new breath. This department now stands in a very unique position by opening its doors to anyone who has decided to become a musician in Turkey in the 21st century, by bringing together the students who are learning the necessary discipline, free thinking and creativity that is required in musical education with the professors who are constantly thinking about these aspects and who are also learning everyday alongside their students.
The music department is redefining the definition of composition by placing the creation of music within this century and by pushing the boundaries of the status quo. While Mine Erkaya has taken on sound technology, Oğuz Usman, Tolga Zafer Özdemir, Yiğit Özatalay and I have taken on composition, theory, philosophy, and history. Of course we are not alone; we have the important support and teachings of Mike Nielsen, Basak Yavuz, Ömer Ahunbay, Hakan Kurşun, Sumru Ağıryürüyen and of many key people in music; together, we are creating and running a very special project.
The transformation of music in the 20th century into a commodity has created infertility and has caused music to be removed from its character of redefining life itself and changing alongside with it, and has marginalized it. However, according to us for people who write sound, meaning composers, the new technologies that any century brings is not a luxury but a must. Reading sound (ear training/solfege), writing sound (composition), writing about sound (musicology), understanding sound (theory and analysis) and recording sound (sound technologies) are the inseparable aspects of the same phenomenon. Contemporary music education encompasses all of these and answers to all of the needs of its students. The music department is advancing on its way with students who have understood this mission, who are free thinking and fearless when it comes to creating and the professors who are there to take them by the arm if they falter.
Professor Tolga Tüzün, Ph.D.
Head Of Music Department
Music Undergraduate Program
Istanbul Bilgi University Music Undergraduate Program’s students graduate at the end of their 4 years here as efficient, creative, open to interaction, open to cooperation; people who not only understand the environment they live in but who also make it better.
In the first two years the students go through a very intensive period of entry level ear training, theory, music history, philosophy of music and composition classes. In the third year the required classes are less and students are encouraged to take elective classes from all of the programs in the university and to design their own education.
The ERASMUS and LAUREATE Network exchange programs, bilateral exchange programs, the seminars and workshops with foreign instructors all keep us up to par at an international level.
Graduates from the Istanbul Bilgi University Music Undergraduate Program’s
• Are aware of and efficient at the most up to date sound technologies;
• Are creating and developing in all areas where sound and technology meet;
• Are not just users of computers, internet, and new media technology, but are also think about, develop new fields of interaction and performance
• Are efficient in every step of the process of music creation but also able to speak about those steps before the creation and after the performance
• Conceive and design the entire life as a performance space
in short they are individuals who think with music
Consequently, Istanbul Bilgi University Music Undergraduate Program’s graduates;
• Can become contemporary music, electroacoustic music, film and TV music, jingle composers;
• They can create and perform the music that they want with more sophisticated resources;
• They can work as a sound engineer, music producer, and sound designers in digital environment;
• They can make careers as critics, managers, and publishers within the music sector;
• They can design sound installations, interdisciplinary applications and interactive works of art;
• They can be music educators as well as take on music as an academic career.