1986-1989: Private guitar courses with Raffi ASLANYAN
1989-1995: Private guitar courses with Levent ÜNMAN
08/2008: Classical Guitar Recital, Karinna Hotel, Uludag, Bursa
09/2009 – 07/2012: Master of Arts in Music Education,
Trakya University, Faculty of Education
Department of Fine Arts Education
Music Education Division
Advisor: Prof. Atilla SAĞLAM
M.A. Thesis: “An Investigation of Structural Properties of Chords and Their Progressions in Tonal Harmony with Focus on Guitar Music”. xxi + 221 pages (available at https://tez.yok.gov.tr/UlusalTezMerkezi/)
09/2009 – 06/2010: passed 8 compulsory courses
09/2010 – 06/2011: passed 8 compulsory/selective courses.
09/2009- 07/2012: Classical guitar courses with Asst.Prof. Mehmet Özkanoğlu.
01/2010: performed a Händel guitar-flute concerto arrangement with Burcu Bilici
05/2010: performed F. Carulli Op.8a Guitar Concerto as soloist in Trakya University with Music Education Division Orchestra
05/2011: performed F. Carulli Op.8b Guitar Concerto as soloist in Trakya University with Music Education Division Orchestra
09/2010 – 01/2011: served one semester as guitar teacher in undergraduate program of Music Education Division.
04/2016: Composition workshop with Sir Gilbert BIBERIAN at 3rd International Istanbul Classical Guitar Festival.
In 2016 I attended Musicology and Music Theory Ph.D. Program at Istanbul Technical University, Turkish Music State Conservatory and passed 10 courses. However, I felt necessary to drop due to dissatisfaction with the quality of the program.
Works on Music Theory and Education:
- Atilla SAĞLAM, Burak POLAT, “A Novel Approach in Understanding Seven Tone Scales in Music Education”, Proceedings of the Fourth International Congress of Educational Research, Yıldız Technical University, May 4-7, 2012. (15 pages)
- Atilla SAĞLAM, Burak POLAT, “Novel Techniques for Describing Triads, Seventh Chords, Their Inversions and Progressions in Tonal Harmony Education”, Proceedings of the Fourth International Congress of Educational Research, Yıldız Technical University, May 4-7, 2012. (15 pages)
- Atilla SAĞLAM, Burak POLAT, “Novel Bass/Soprano Symbols and Compasses in Tonal Harmony Education”, 30th ISME World Conference on Music Education, Thessaloniki, Greece July 15-20, 2012