This course is an introductory survey of the music of the Eastern Mediterranean as explored by Traditional and Modern Turkish music. It explores the Balkan, Greek, and Persian influences from earliest times as well as Western composition and idioms. Modern jazz, rock, dance, and video influences will be examined, as well.
The student is required to play a musical instrument and is expected, according to the audition process, to have moderate skills on his/her primary instrument. The student may continue with private lessons on his/her primary instrument or they may take lessons on their secondary instruments. A faculty member or a member of the tri-state area's community of professional musicians may conduct regular lessons as per the student's level and artistic desires. The lessons may be on campus, or the student may commute to the musician's training studio. There will be one hour of lessons weekly with the instructor and the student is expected to rehearse for at least four additional hours. The lessons shall lead to a performance on campus during the same semester. The performance may be solo or part of an ensemble.
Each student is encouraged to either give solo performances or to join a student ensemble and take part in a series of performances on campus, as well as in other metropolitan New York City stages. Many of the performances will be recorded and marketed by the student-run media label. The student will need to attend weekly rehearsals and participate in at least one performance each semester.
During this course, we will review Western Medieval and Renaissance art music from the 2nd century B.C. to 1600 A.D. from several perspectives: as individual masterworks, as representatives of various composers, as examples of particular styles and forms, as analytic "problems," and as artworks derived from changing social circumstances. We will emphasize the development of skills in talking and writing "about" monophonic, liturgical and polyphonic music. The course will include lectures and class discussions, assigned readings, written assignments, and periodic examinations.
In this course, student will review western Baroque to Classic music from 1600 to 1780, from several perspectives: as individual expressions of various composers, as examples of particular styles and forms, as analytic problems, and as artworks derived from changing social circumstances. This course emphasizes the development of skills in talking and writing about piano, pipe organ, orchestral and early opera music. Some composers include Bach, Vivaldi, Purcell, Pachebel, and Handel. The course will in discussions, assigned readings, oral presentations, and periodic examinations. Goals: To learn by reading notation and listening to samples of the earliest forms of music; To acquire verbal skills which are needed to explain music styles; To learn about the culture of the time which inspired the compositions. Outcomes: This is a continuation in Music History commencing with the earliest forms of the Baroque era from 1600 to the Classic Era near through the 1700's The student will receive an overview of the styles, learn about the social system of the period which directed the style and will also learn specifics about individual instruments which were used to create the sound.
In order for students to acquire the most basic and fundamental piano techniques, students will undertake rudimentary exercises designed to facilitate the most common fingering techniques and hand positions. Students will be required to demonstrate the ability to play major scales, simple arpeggios, and develop muscle memory for basic intervals. By the end of the semester, students should be able to read 2 part treble and bass compositions.
Piano II is the second in a series of Piano Instruction for Beginner/Intermediate Music Technology Students and all students interested in learning how to play piano and/or keyboards. This class will focus on the Development of Functional Keyboard skills.
Piano III is the third in a series of Piano Instruction for Beginner/Intermediate Music Technology Students and all students interested in learning how to play piano and/or keyboards. This class will focus on the Development of Functional Keyboard skills. Prerequisites: HMU 221 or permission of the instructor.
Piano IV is the fourth in a series of Piano Instruction for Beginner/Intermediate Music Technology Students and all students interested in learning how to play piano and/or keyboards. This class will focus on the Development of Functional Keyboard skills. Prerequisites: HMU 322 or permission of the instructor.
School: College of Arts & Letters
Department: Music & Technology
Program: Music & Technology
Research & Education
Ph.D., New York University M.M., Juilliard School of Music B.M., Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul State Conservatory
-Musical Perception and Response -Music of the Eastern Mediterranean Region -Contrapuntal Lines and Rhythmic Organization in Claude Debussy's Piano Music -Multi-Cultural Aspects in Turkish Music
Experience & Service
Twelve Piano Etudes of Claude Debussy, 2011
Favorite Piano Works, 2009
Alla Turca, 2006
Professional Concert Pianist: International and National Venues (see website) Affiliate Associate Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2010-Present Visiting Lecturer, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2005-2009 Adjunct Faculty, New York University, 1992-1998 Director and Instructor of Piano, Studio di Musica, Hoboken, 2003-Present Artistic Director, Musica Mundana, Chamber Music Society, 1998-Present
Aysegul Durakoglu has been performing as a concert pianist and chamber musician nationally and internationally. She has performed in prestigious music festivals and concert series throughout the United States, Canada, Russia, and Turkey. Most recently, she has presented a performance project, titled "Musical Journey with the Orient Express" at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and lecture-recitals on the music of Claude Debussy for the composer's 150th birthday. More information can be obtained at her web-site: www.ayseguldurakoglu.com.
Achievements & Professional Societies
Honors & Awards
NYU PhD Dissertation, Notable Distinction NYU Chamber Music Society’s Special Award for Leadership and Contribution NYU Travel Grant for International Seminar in Berlin
CMS College Music Society
Musica Mundana Chamber Music Society
Aysegul Durakoglu. "Affiliate Associate Professor, Music & Technology", Traditional and Polyphonic Music through Multi-Cultural and Political Conflicts, Article, Vol. 1, No.2, Contemporary Turkish Culture, 2008.