“As an artist/educator who has a childlike soul, I both feel and sense life, and reflect this through my art; teaching is the best way to share and convey this understanding to younger generations. “Revealing students’ spirits with the love of music and helping them to use it with passion while making music” is my main philosophy in teaching. “
Dr. K.Tolga Tem

Dr. Tolga Tem

Dr. Tem is a composer and music educator. His composing experience is diverse and includes composing for orchestras, and composing with computers for multimedia, computer games and film. He has academic, research and work experience in Music Composition, Film Scoring, Music Theory and Ear Training, Music Education, E-Learning, Music Technology, Computer Music,  Sound Design, Game Audio and Game Technologies are among his favorite areas and he teaches in institutes offering such curriculum.

He has been the Director of Music & Sound Production Department at SEBIT LLC., since 1996. SEBIT is an Education and Information Technologies Company with more than 250 employees. Its primary areas of focus are E-Learning, Multimedia and Game Development, as well as research in these areas. It is located at  Skysong, Arizona State University, Scottsdale AZ, USA.

Dr. Tem is now teaching at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN as a music professor.



1996 – 2002 Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition, D.M.A
Music and Performing Arts Institute, Bilkent University

1994 – 1996 Master of Music in Composition, M.M.
Music and Performing Arts Institute, Bilkent University

1990 – 1994 Bachelor of Music in Music Theory and Composition, B.M.
Music and Performing Arts Faculty, Bilkent University

1988 – 1990 Associate Degree in Music Theory
Music and Performing Arts Faculty, Bilkent University



2015 – Present, Instructor
Department of Music, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN.
Music Theory, Aural Training, Music Appreciation

2011 – 2015, Instructor

METU Technical University, Informatics Institute
Department of Modeling and Simulation  Game Technologies Program Graduate Course: Music & Sound Production in Games with Aesthetics and Practices

2010 – 2014, Instructor
State Conservatory of Baskent University
Composition, Harmony, Music Theory, Ear Training

2013 – 2014, Instructor
Altin Egitim Fine Arts School
Music Class: “Music Technology ”

2011 – 2013, Instructor
State Conservatory of Hacettepe University 
Musicology Department Graduate Course: “Using Computer Technology in Music Research”

1996 – 2002, Instructor
Bilkent University, Music and Performing Arts Faculty
Under Graduate Course: Music Theory, Ear Training
Music Preparation School (K12): Music Theory, Ear Training
Education Coordinator: (1997) Early Music Education (K3)



1996 – 2015 Director of Music & Sound Production Department
SEBIT INC. METU Technical University

1993 – 1996, Multimedia Researcher
TUBITAK (The Scientific & Technological Research Council of Turkey) METU Technical University



1997 Conductor, Gulhane Military Medical Academy Choir

1991 – 1993 Music and Keyboard Teacher, Yamaha Music Courses

1989 – 1991 Early Childhood Music Teacher, Aykan, Kindergartens



“Turkish Music” 

2015, Sep.  School of Music, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN.


“East Meets West: Music of Turkey”, Guest Lecturer.

2015, May.  Tennessee Consortium for International Studies, Department of Music, Tennessee State University. Presented at: Atilim University, Ankara


 The Art of Film Scoring,  More information:

2014, Dec.  Seminar, Music Fine Arts Faculty, Akdeniz University, Antalya

2014, Nov.  ATMM  2014Audio Tech.for Music and Media Conf. Bilkent University, Ankara

2014, June  Seminar, State Conservatory of Baskent University, Ankara


“Music for Film and Video Games, Eastern and Western Approaches”

More information:

2013   Seminar, Tomer, Ankara University, Ankara

2013   Seminar, Music Department, Tennessee State University, Nashville TN.

2013   Seminar, Newcomb Department of Music, Tulane University, New Orleans LA.

“Composing Music for Visual Media  More information:

2013  Seminar, Department of Music, Yasar University, İzmir

2013   Seminar, A.K.Department of Music Education, N.E. University, Konya


“Working as a Sound Designer / Composer in the Industry”

2012  Seminar, Game Technologies, METU Technical University, Ankara


 “Music and Sound Production For Games”  More information:

2011    Seminar, Informatics Institute  METU Technical University


 “Sound Design and Development, Sound Editing,  Sound Foley

2011    Workshop, Informatics Institute METU Technical University


 “Composing Music For Film with Computers”

2010   Workshop, Baskent University State Conservatory


 “Falcon 4.0 Flight Simulation Game and Virtual Squadrons

2010   Presentation, Modeling and Simulation Society, METU Technical University


 “Hardware and Software to use in Field Recording and for Sound Editing”

2010   Presentation, Musicology Department, Hacettepe University State Conservatory


 “Computer aided Ear Training:Aural Dictation Can be Practiced Individually”

2002    Presentation of doctoral research, Music and Performing Arts Faculty, Bilkent University

For more Information Please Visit: Academic Page


Dr. Tem believes that this  TED talk by Benjamin Zander,  describes his  approach in music education very much. Dr. Tem says  “This is the reason I’m fond of teaching very much:   -The  Shining Eyes-”