Welcome to MEDU
Today, the Faculty's departments are internationally renowned for their excellence in education, international artistic ensembles, and activities. Since its founding, the main objective has been to train artists, educators, and researchers with high creative and interpretative skills in various music fields.
In addition to the undergraduate and graduate programs, preparatory primary and high schools for music were also founded to start music education at the earliest possible age. To expand music education to everyone, regardless of age and profession, programs such as the Early Music Training Program for children and "Part-time Music Education" have been ongoing since its founding. Graduate programs cover studies in "music performance and interpretation" in all majors, "conducting" and "music composition."
Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
The Bilkent Symphony Orchestra was founded in September 1993. The orchestra is composed of experienced artists from various countries as well as Turkish. With these characteristics, the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra is the first private, academic and international artistic group in Turkey.
With an average of 50 events each season and the participation of Turkish and foreign conductors, soloists, and choirs, the orchestra aims to bring a wide range of activities to large audiences; to spread the appreciation of music at the national level through its tours; to undertake international activities and develop cooperation with institutions abroad organizing such events, and to form a bridge of artistic communication with other countries.
Along with these objectives, the orchestra has toured Italy, Germany, Belgium, Portugal, Switzerland, and Japan. The orchestra has recorded over 40 CDs with labels such as BMP, NAXOS, and EMI.
The Music Department offers Bachelor of Music-B.M., Master of Arts-M.A., Proficiency in Art in Music degrees in the following programs and fields;
Theory and Composition Option - B.M., M.A., Pr. A.M.
Instrument Option - B.M., M.A., Pr. A.M.
Piano, Classical Guitar, Percussion,
Violin, Viola, Violoncello, Double Bass,
Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba.
Conducting Option - M.A.
Amongst numerous artistic activities of the faculty are the "30th Year Festival" in 2016, "Bilkent Violin Days" in 2015, "Bilkent Guitar Meeting" since 2006, "Bilkent Chamber Music Days" in 2017, "Bilkent Composition Academy" in 2017, "Bilkent New Music Days" since 2010. The students of the music department won many prizes in national and international competitions, including "Sarasate," "Palmerès du 30e. Concours International de Musique et d'Art Sonore Electroacoustiques", "IBLA," "Antonio Janigro Violoncello Competition," "17th International Guitar Art Festival". In 2003, the Bilkent Youth Choir won a gold medal in the 21st International Preveze Choir Contest and achieved the runner-up position in the 33rd Florilège Vocal de Tours 2004 competition in France. The Bilkent Youth Symphony Orchestra has partnered with international ensembles such as the World Youth Orchestra, the Greek-Turkish Youth Orchestra and participated in festivals such as the Young Euro Classic and BeethovenFest in 2014.
Bilkent University accepts international qualifications listed below and a wide range of national qualifications listed here for study in our undergraduate programs.
Reasoning Test: A minimum score of 900 out of 1600 in “Math” and “Critical Reading” sections.
Subject Test: A minimum score of 500 out of 800 from a minimum of two sections related to the applied program.
GCE Advanced Level (General Certificate Education),
Cambridge International A Level:
Minimum three A-level subjects in a particular area of the applied program with at least a “C” grade.
For 5 (five) subjects:
a) 2 (two) A levels + 3 (three) O levels
b) 2 (two) A levels + 1 (one) AS level + 2 (two) O levels
For 4 (four) subjects:
a) 3 (three) A levels + 1 (one) O level
International Baccalaureate (IB):
A minimum diploma score of 28 out of 45. Minimum one HL subject related to the applied program.
International Science Olympiads:
Gold, Silver, or Bronze Medal holders in International Science Olympiads recognized by TÜBİTAK (The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey)
Students who are admitted to the University will be asked to provide the original copies of all the documents submitted with their application. Bilkent University reserves the right to verify the validity of exam scores.
Based on the original amount of 14,500$ per Year