Solfege Teaching in Higher Music Education in Turkey

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Number of pages: 346-361
Year-Number: 2021-Volume 13, Issue 2

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There is a limited number of studies on solfege teaching in Turkey. The results of these previous studies show that students' music literacy skills are not sufficient in higher music education. The purpose of the present study was to explore the professional knowledge, practices and opinions of solfege instructors in Turkey. A questionnaire form designed for this study was sent via e-mail to all relevant instructors serving in Turkish universities. Frequency and cross-tabulation analyses were applied on the data obtained from the forms. The findings indicated that most of the instructors do not put in sufficient effort in order to plan solfege teaching, to learn and apply different solfege systems and teaching methods and to use contemporary method books and technological tools in teaching. The results are discussed in the context of the relevant literature and it is concluded that the instructors have a lack of professional knowledge and motivation.

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