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Solfege Studies in Turkish Music


Solfege Studies in Turkish Music

In the tradition of Turkish music, the lack of a “systematic” notation reading and writing tradition similar to that in European music has become a felt “problem” in our musical life as the interaction with Western civilization has increased over the years. In order to alleviate this “lack” (which is still being debated …), especially in recent times, the European musical tradition has been utilized to the maximum extent, but over time, it has been concluded that there is no comprehensiveness and/or cannot be for Turkish music, which has significant differences in “written music culture” reflexes. In our country, academic circles have focused on this problematic issue for many years and have attempted to develop various solution methods. The efforts in this project include approaches that simultaneously use theoretical systems that cannot provide a comprehensive solution when applied alone. In the studies presented, each solfeggio exercise has been processed with solmization, letter reading, and numerical reading styles, and visual support for degree perception has been provided through the use of hand symbols. Among specialized music teaching methods, the use of hand symbols, such as the Dalcrose and Kodally systems, that facilitate the expression of notes or intervals is well known. However, when these systems are evaluated in the context of European music, it has been felt that a “new hand symbol system” should be developed taking into account the transposable structure of Turkish music, considering that they are “meaningful” based on observation. Thus, in this project, by taking into account the many musical details that we have difficulty identifying while moving with the Western music tradition, an important step will be taken in teaching our music without losing its theoretical flexibility. Additionally, the simultaneous use of solmization, letter, and number systems as a teaching method will enable Turkish music to form an application area not only in its own cultural geography but also in all countries in Europe and America that use these systems. The artistic, social, and cultural value of Turkish music will continue to be reflected in the world with this important step taken in its notation system.
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Prof.Dr.M.Safa YEPREM

Musical Colors in Istanbul's Places of Worship

VIDEO LINK Musical Colors in Istanbul's Places of Worship - YouTube This video explores the musical traditions of various religious communities in Istanbul, including Muslims, Jews, Assyrians, Greek Orthodox, Armenians, and Presbyterians. While there are similarities in the musical tones used in their places of worship, there are also significant differences in the recitation of liturgical texts, especially in the maqam style of reciting holy book texts. Each community has its own unique musical traditions, but there are also technical similarities in the maqam approaches used in melodies sung in hymns, rhythmic structures, methods, vocal usage, and musical notation methods. the full text of video can be downloaded from link below contact information



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Thesis Documents

Flamenco Styles and Usage in the Guitar Education
Comparison Between Turkish Mosque Music and Non-Muslim Congregations in Istanbul

Lesson Materiels

Türk Din Musikisinde Solfej Ders Notları
Presentation film of Scientific Research Methodology Class
Türk Din Musikisi Nazariyatı Ders Notları
Presentation Film of "Seminar"
Presentation film of Comparative Research Methodology
Presentation film of Temple Musics of Islam,Chrystianity and Judaism Class
Presentation Film of Scientific Research Methodology Class