1st Education Masters


Program Objectives

The 1st Education Music Master’s Program aims to train creative music researchers equipped with investigative personalities. To serve that purpose, all students acquire a comprehensive music knowledge by taking courses from areas like music history, music theory, music technology and music management regardless of their concentration areas. In addition to these fundamentals, students obtain theoretical and practical knowledge in their concentration areas by taking compulsory courses in their concentration areas and elective courses open to all areas. Students graduate from this program by writing a Master’s Thesis.

Concentration Areas
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Musicology
  • Music Theory
  • Performance
  • Composition
  • Sound Engineering and Design
  • Sonic Arts
  • Music Business and Management
  • Conducting
Application Conditions and Requirements

The 1st Education Music Master’s Program applications are carried out according to the terms specified by Istanbul Technical University Graduate Level Regulations and Senate Principles.

  • GPA: Not required.
  • ALES/GMAT/GRE: Talep edilmemektedir.
  • Concentration area requirements: There are no department / concentration area requirements.
  • Additional documents: Two letters of recommendations must be submitted by the candidate to verify their motivation and determination.
    Canditates must prepare a portfolio relevant to their application area to submit to the applications committee.
Program Structure
  • 1st Education Music Master’s Program is subject to Istanbul Technical University Graduate Level Regulations and Senate Principles.
  • The educational language of the program is %100 English.
  • The number of credits required for graduation is 36.
  • Excluding the time reserved for scientific preparation, the completion time of the 1st Education Master’s Program is 4 terms with the maximum limit of 6 terms, starting from the term of first course registration, and irrespective of the condition whether they registered each term or not. Students who:

 - cannot complete their required courses with credits and their seminar course within 4 terms

- cannot fulfill the success conditions/criteria of the program

- fail in their master’s thesis, or cannot enter their thesis defense

are dismissed from the university. (Istanbul Technical University Graduate Level Regulations – Section 7)

  • The preparatory semester classes are 0 credit classes.
  • Each course is 3 credits, and to graduate 12 courses should be finished in total. At least 6 courses have to be from compulsory courses.
  • Compulsory courses have 4 groups which are “Music Theory”, “Music History”, “Ethnomusicology” and “Other Compulsory Courses”. Each student has to take at least one compulsory course from all of these compulsory groups in order to complete their 6 compulsory courses.
  • The remaining courses could be selected from the “other compulsory courses” and “elective courses” groups for both terms.
  • Students graduate from the 1st Education Program by writing a Master’s Thesis and receive a “Music Masters” diploma.


1st Education Master's Program Curriculum
  • Studio Practices
  • Introduction to Music Theory
  • Introduction to Ethnomusicology
  • Introduction to Makam Theory
  • Research Methodology and Music Bibliography
  • Preparation for Composition Studies
  • Preparation for Instrumental Studies
  • Basic Conducting Techniques
  • Introduction to Musicology
  • Ear Training and Sight Singing
  • Preparatory Studies in Sonic Arts
Compulsory Courses

Music Theory Area
  • Eurogenetic Music Theory
  • World Music Theory
Music History Area
  • History of Eurogenetic Art Music 1 (until 1720)
  • History of Eurogenetic Art Music 2 (since 1720)
Ethnomusicology Area
  • Musics of the World
General Compulsory Courses
  • Music Technology
  • Music Business and Management
  • Music Performance Studies
  • Advanced Topics in Eurogenetic Art Music (since 1900)
  • Chamber Music Ensemble – 1
  • Conducting Techniques – 1
  • Multitrack Recording and Mixing
  • 16th-Century Counterpoint
  • Introduction to “Post Tonal” Music Theory
  • History of Electronic Music
  • Audio Programming
  • Acoustics and Psychoacoustics
  • Instrumentation and Orchestration
  • Musics of Turkey
  • Critical Listening
Master Thesis
  • Master Thesis (1st Education)
  • Term Project (2nd Education)

Elective Courses

Fall Term
  • Transcription and Analysis in Ethnomusicology
  • Foundations of Turkish Musicology
  • Music and Identity
  • Music in Mediterranean Cultures
  • History of Ottoman-Turkish Music (17th to 19th centuries)
  • Instrumental Individual Instruction – 2
  • Chamber Music Ensemble – 2
  • Composition Individual Instruction – 2
  • Repertoire and Style Studies
  • Topical Issues in Western Music
  • Studies in Opera
  • History of Western Notation
  • Fund-Raising and Development
  • Production Analysis
  • Independent Study – 2
  • Assistant Engineer Practicum – 2
  • Computer Music – 1
  • Recent Trends in Musical Composition
  • Popular Music Studies
  • Music and Religion
  • Music in India
  • Jazz Harmony
  • Current Influences in Ethnomusicology
  • Music of Europe and Northern America
  • Composers’ Workshop
  • Contemporary Musical Practices
  • Film Scoring
  • World of Percussion
  • Conducting Techniques - 2
  • Women In Music
  • 18th-Century Counterpoint
  • Electronic Music Composition
  • Historical Performance Practice
  • Project Management
  • Songwriting
  • 16th-Century Counterpoint- 2
  • Mixed Composition for Instruments and Electronics
  • Approaches to Semiotics of Music
  • Music and Ideology
  • History of Conducting
  • Orchestra Performance Techniques
  • Selected Topics in Music and Sociology
Spring Term
  • Foundations of Ethnomusicology
  • Organology
  • Field Work
  • Makam Theory and Analysis
  • Selected Topics in Ethnomusicology
  • Music of Southern Hemisphere
  • Music of Asia
  • Music and Gender
  • Transcription and Analysis in Turkish Music
  • Western Influences on Ottoman-Turkish Music
  • Independent Study - 1
  • Instrument Individual Instruction – 1
  • Instrument Individual Instruction – 3
  • Advanced Harmony
  • Improvisation – 1
  • Chamber Music Ensemble – 3
  • Composition Individual Instruction – 1
  • Composition Individual Instruction – 3
  • Advanced Orchestration
  • Introduction to Digital Imaging
  • Historical Periods in Western Music
  • Evolution of Western Musical Genres
  • Composer Studies
  • Compositional Context
  • Legal Aspects of the Music Industry
  • Music Marketing and Promotion
  • Advanced Mixing
  • Location Recording
  • Assistant Engineer Practicum – 1
  • Computer Music – 2
  • Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis
  • Topics in 20th Century Analysis
  • Conducting Techniques-3
  • Percussion History and Orchestration Techniques
  • Multimedia Design
  • Text and Music in the Baroque
  • Electronic Dance Music Production
  • Psychology and Neuroscience of Music
  • Choir Performance Techniques