Suleyman Tarman


Composer/Music Pedagog/Founder/Administrator

He began his music education in 1985 in Gazi University, Faculty of Education, Dept. of Music Education. After graduation, he worked as a music teacher in primary, secondary and high schools for 3 years. Between 1993-2005 years he worked in Ankara Anatolian High School of Fine Arts as guitar, computer, orchestra/chamber music teacher and also head of music department.

In 1996, he finished his first MA. degree in music education in Gazi University. In 1999 he completed his second MA. degree in Curriculum Development and Instruction in Hacettepe University and he completed first MA. thesis of Turkey on “Multiple Intelligence Theory.” After that in 2002 he completed Ph.D. degree in Gazi University. His thesis was about measurement and evaluation of musical experiences. In 2005 he started to work in Ondokuz Mayis University Faculty of Education Department of Music Education as a full time associate professor. In 2011 he advanced to professor degree.

He composed music mainly for orchestra, and also for chorus and guitar. His works have been performed by Turkish National Radio and Television (TRT) Polyphonic and Children Chorus, and by national or foreign orchestras in concerts and competitions abroad. His music also recorded in CDs. In 2004 he started to electronic publishing and he established “National Data Bank of Music Education”.

He has been to Poland, France, Germany, USA, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Spain, Italy, Greece, Belarussia, Kazakhstan, Romania, Belgium, Denmark, Israel, Egypt, Switzerland and Thailand for research on education of music ensembles. He played guitar as soloist and conducted orchestras on various national and international occasions, represented Turkey in competitions and received awards. He carried out his scientific and artistic studies together. He published various articles and attended conferences. He also actively preparated curriculums on music in the Anatolian High Schools of Fine Art. He awarded as a composer in 1998, 2001, 2002 and 2004 TRT National Popular Children Songs Competition and Ministry of Culture National Children and Youth Songs Competitions. In 2010 he won the price of New York – Universal Sacred Music Society “2010 Song Competition” with his song “Pray for Peace” between 260 competitors and performed in New York by the New York Virtuoso Singers. In 2012 he had been in New York University (NYU) Steinhardth Music School as visiting professor for two months. In July 2013 he participated as invited composer of “Eurokinderchor 2013″ in Hungary / Szolnok. He’s song of Karadeniz Türküsü (Blacksea Song) sanged by Szolnok Zoltan Kodaly and Dresden Philharmony Children Choirs. In 2016 he has invited 11th International Cantemus Choir Festival as international jury member in Hungary.

Between February 2005 and September 2014 he worked as Director of Ondokuz Mayis University State Conservatory and also head of Department of Music Education in Samsun. He is still head of Department of Fine Arts in Aksaray University, Education Faculty.

Music Skills

  • Managing/organizing: All kind of national and international music activities like concerts, festivals, competitions
  • Teaching music pedagogy, guitar, piano
  • Teaching modal and tonal solfeges and rhythmic patterns, ear training
  • Teaching music notation softwares.
  • Teaching History of Eastern and Western Music
  • Teaching composition, conducting orchestras and choirs

Published (11) Books

Social Media

Outdoor Activities/Hobbies

  • Scouting
  • Camping
  • Tracking
  • Alpinism
  • Climbing
  • Scuba diving
  • Paragliding


  • Turkish / English (very good – writing and speaking)

Contact Information

Aksaray University Education Faculty
Department of Fine Arts – Music Education
Phone: +90.532.635 4302