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Bilkent University offers Master of Arts degree in the following curriculum tracks:

• Music Performance and Interpretation (Voice, Piano, Classical Guitar)
• Conducting
• Composition

All three concentrations require a lecture recital, a graduation recital and a master’s thesis.

Use the following link to apply https://w3.bilkent.edu.tr/bilkent/gradstudents/music/

For curriculum and program requirements: http://mssf.bilkent.edu.tr/files/Master_of_Arts_Student_Handbook.pdf

Application Deadline: 15 May 2022
Exam and Interview dates: 6-7 June 2022

Common Application Requirements

General requirements for all tracks are:

• Proof of Degree: A bachelor's degree. 

• Transcripts

• English language proficiency: TOEFL IBT (at least 87), IELTS (at least 6.5 average and 5.5 from each section) or Bilkent PAE (at least C). 
Validity period for all exams: 2 years. Please see below for Preparatory Program.

• Curriculum Vitae: Candidates must submit an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae in English. All CVs must be presented in chronological order. Artists’ resumes are not required.

• Statement of purpose: A summary of the candidate's reasons for applying to the program, their program and career objectives, motives and expectations.

• Two Letters of Recommendation

Common Admission Requirements

• Music Theory/History Exam: Each applicant will be given a written entrance exam in Music Theory and Music History subjects to assess their knowledge and skills in these areas. A sample of the written exam may be found online and attached (http://mssf.bilkent.edu.tr/files/basvuru_formu/entrance_exam_example.pdf)

Please be advised that the actual contents of the examination change every year and may differ from the contents of this sample exam. 

• Examination and Interview: Following the written exam, candidates are scheduled to perform, conduct or present their works to the admission jury and an interview is then held with each candidate. The portfolio, statement of purpose and other subjects are discussed with the candidate.

Tracks Specific Admission Requirements

1) Music Performance and Interpretation

Candidates submit a performer's portfolio including:

• The program of works they have chosen to perform at the examination.

• A writing sample demonstrating scholarly ability, 10-15 pages

• Applicants for the Music Performance and Interpretation program will perform an examination concert. The program must include all titles as stated in the sample audition programs. Please refer to the following document for repertoire requirements.

2) Conducting

Candidates submit a conductor's portfolio including:
• A writing sample demonstrating scholarly ability, 10-15 pages

• Videos of recently recorded performances in rehearsal and concert if applicable. Programs and descriptive material of these activities as mentioned in their CV.

• The program of works they have chosen to conduct at the examination.

Applicants for the conducting program will take an examination covering score reading, instrument performance, knowledge of orchestration, repertoire and a viva voce. They will be asked to conduct (in two stages) the works they have chosen from the conducting admission repertoire with pianos or ensemble. 

Preparatory programs may be offered to candidates whose levels of accomplishment are evaluated in the two stages of the conduction examination repertoire.

For more information about the required repertoire please visit: http://mssf.bilkent.edu.tr/files/basvuru_formu/conducting.pdf

3) Composition

Candidates submit a composer's portfolio including:

• Musical scores of 3 recent original compositions reflecting a variety of genres and instrumental combinations.

• A pdf document with links to the recordings of the pieces (if available).

• A writing sample demonstrating scholarly ability, 10-15 pages

Please refer to the FAQ for more information: https://bilkentcomposition.wordpress.com/faq/

Preparatory Programs

An English preparatory program may be available for candidates who meet all requirements for admission for the Master’s Degree Program but don’t meet the required Bilkent Graduate English Proficiency level. In order to qualify for the English Preparatory Program, applicants must pass the first leg of the PAE exam. If offered, the scholarship does not cover English Preparatory Program.

Following admission exams including musical aptitude exams, students may also be placed in an academic preparatory program. They may need to take some undergraduate courses in preparation for and before starting the master’s program. Courses to be taken are decided by the admission committee for each candidate. In this case the scholarship will cover the academic preparatory program. However, students will not receive any assistantship during the academic preparatory program.

Acceptance to preparatory programs does not guarantee admittance to graduate programs. Candidates must successfully complete all courses they have enrolled in the preparatory programs.