|Ege University State Conservatory of Turkish Music is the second academic institution that has been established to give Turkish music education. The academic staff that consisted of the leading artists of the day had an immense contribution to the foundation phase between March 28, 1984 and October 15, 1984.
Ege University State Conservatory of Turkish Music started serving with “Basic Music Sciences” department in the academic year of 1984-85. Departments of “Voice Training”, “Turkish Folk Dances” and “Instrument Making” were established in 1989-1990 giving the conservatory its current four departments structure.
Since its foundation, in accordance with its objectives, Ege University State Conservatory of Turkish Music has trained competent educators, scholars and artists who will transmit the values belonging to traditional music, dance and instrument culture from one generation to the other through scientific methods.
The graduates can be employed as instrument players or chorists in State Classical Turkish Music and Folk Music Choires, music teachers and folk dances trainers in state schools, private schools or public education centers with the additional teacher training certificate, scholars at the universities, researchers at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism or producers and performers in TRT.
Currently, the conservatory continues giving high level of education with an academic staff of 115 teachers 14 of whom are faculty members, 71 tenure-track lecturers and 30 guest lecturers in a physical structure with 17 classrooms, an Activity Hall, a Recording Studio, a Traditional Costume Studio, an Audio-Visual Center and Library, 2 Dance and Rhythm Halls, a Computer Laboratory, 3 Instrument Making Ateliers and an Instrument Sale Office all with modern technical equipment.
|DEPARTMENT OF TRADITIONAL TURKISH MUSIC FUNDAMENTALS|
|It is the first department of the Ege University State Conservatory of Traditional Turkish Music. It started education with 50 students in October 15, 1984. There are two main programs in the department as Turkish Art Music and Turkish Folk Music. In the department where approximately 380 students are being instructed by 44 lecturers, there is a curricula of 4 years_ the first 2 years for associate’s and the other 2 for bachelor’s degrees.
The Department of Traditional Turkish Music Fundamentals aims at educating competent researchers, scholars, artists and educators so as to introduce and transmit Turkish Music to the next generations.
Various scholarly and artistic activities are undertaken in order to fulfill this aim. These scholarly projects aim at creating new methods for Turkish Music education, bringing the historical resources of Turkish Music into daylight and supporting the improvement of Turkish Music in every aspect. Within this context, Traditional Turkish Music Fundamentals is also one of the departments with the maximum number of publications among the music departments in Turkey.
Throughout the year, the students of the department make some performances in the conservatory under the guidance of their instructors. Apart from these, our lecturers having both scholarly and artistic identities make performances in Turkey and abroad and also participate in various activities.
The courses like Turkish Music Solfeges and Theory, Basics of Muisc Solfeges and Theory, Piano, Voice Training, Instrument Training, Notation Practices on Computer, Principles of Ataturk and Recent Turkish History, Foreign Language, Transition into University Life are given during the first year of the four year curriculum, then theoretical and practical courses are given to the students according to the program that he/she is in.
|VOICE TRAINING DEPARTMENT|
|The Voice Training Department that was established in order to train voice performers in the fields of Turkish Folk Music and Turkish Art Music in 1989-90 Academic Year. During four years of bachelor’s education, the department aims at introducing and transmitting the examples of our vocal repertoire chosen according to eras, composition and singing techniques, local dialects and performance styles to the musicians of the young generation. Next to the advantages of the global era, in the 21st century, a time when traditional cultures are vulnerable to change and faced with drifting apart from originality, one of the main aims of the Voice Training Department is to sustain and promote our traditional music culture in internationally and transmit it to the younger generations.
AkÄ±n Özkan, who enriched Turkish Art Music repertory with his many vocal and instrumental works next to the makams and usûls that he composed, had been the head of the department until 1998-99 Academic Year. AkÄ±n Özkan, who had left his mark in Turkish Music History, passed away in 2007.
|In the Voice Training Department, ‘Turkish Music Solfege and Theory, Western Music Solfege and Theory, Voice Technique and Instrument Training’ courses in order to provide the students with basic musical skills from the beginning of the first year. There are also courses as Repertory, Style and Repertory, Group Performance (Turkish Folk Music / Art Music), Turkish Folk Music Theory, Folklore, Music History, Turkish Music Genres and Their Analysis, Harmony and Piano.
There is a curricula of 4 years_ the first 2 years for associate’s and the other 2 for bachelor’s degrees_ in the department. Since its foundation, about 300 students has graduated from the department and while some of them has become music teachers, soloists/chorists in State Turkish Music Ensembles, there are others who serve as research assistants, lecturers or instructors in different universities.
|• ‘World Voice Day’ activities are organized by the instructors and the students since the academic year of 2004-2005.|
|TURKISH FOLK DANCES DEPARTMENT|
|The Turkish Folk Dances Department that started education in 1989 under the guidance of Assist. Prof. Cengiz AydÄ±n aims to train competent educators, scholars and artists who will transmit the traditional folk dances from one generation to the other through scientific methods.
The department has a young and dynamic academic staff of 5 faculty members and 14 lecturers who are each experts in their own fields. There are two main programmes as Training and Performance in the department. While there are theoretical courses in the Training Programme, there is a curriculum based on stage performances in Performance Programme. In the department, there is a curricula of 4 years_ the first 2 years for associate’s and the other 2 for bachelor’s degrees.
|Next to being independent artists, the graduates can be employed as dancers in private companies, music and folk dances trainers in state school, private schools or public education centers, scholars at the universities or researchers at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
The documents and data obtained through the ethnographic field researches and folk dances collections which create the basis of education and staging works of the department are archived in the department and benefitted in during the educational activities.
|The department has many applied projects like Ekin, in which Ekin Ensemble stages productions under the guidance of the scholars who are experts in dance, choreography, music, theatre, costumes and make-up. These shows with around 80 students are also produced in VCD format to be presented to public.
The ensemble has also represented Ege University in many national and international festivals and got various world first prize awards in prestigious competitions like Altın Balta and Altın Çan in 1990, Dijon Festival in 2001 and finally Chain Bridge International Folk Dance Competition in Budapest in 2014.
|MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MAKING DEPARTMENT|
|Musical Instrument Making Department was established in 1989. The department’s aims are to construct and improve the musical instruments which are a part of Turkish traditional handcrafts and Turkish culture in a scientific environment and to transfer it to next generations using the right methods and principles in a real sense of art.
The instrument making is an important branch of art that has become a tradition with major schools. In our country the art of instrument making has a relatively recent history. The aim of the department is to make the art of instrument making gain its place next to the world schools by providing a scholarly view to this branch of art.
There are two main programmes in the department as Bowed Stringed Instruments and Plucked Stringed Instruments. There is a curricula of four years in the department where 12 students are accepted each year.
The students who successfully accomplish the four year-education are titled as Musical Instrument Maker (Luthier). The instrument making department which has a recent history in our country hasn’t been able to create its own background when academic staff is considered. So, we are training new research assistants in order to perform scientific projects. In their scholarly pursuits, these assistants are led to different disciplines Leather Engineering, Material Engineering, Mathematics, Physic-Acoustics, Wood Engineering, Machine Engineering and Turkish Art, some of which are directly related to instrument making and some not.
|The most significant feature of the department is that the students learn while producing. The department attracts attention and takes place in the national press both with the instruments produced and the novel design projects. Thanks to the musical education given in addition to instrument making education, this program trains instrument makers who are also musicians. Instruments like the violin, guitar, kanun, bağlama, ud, klasik kemençe, tanbur, kabak kemane, kopuz and bendir are produced in the instrument making atelier. These instruments produced during the academic year are put up for sale at the end of the year and this makes it possible to reach the traditional instruments as similar to their authentic forms and timbres as possible to the people who are interested in them. Next to the formal education the Instrument Making Department is about the realize the project of creating a hobby workshop intended for the stuff and students of Ege University with its motto “make your own instrument”.|