Dr. Tem Tolga

Tem T.

Nashville, TN
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Music Theory

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am accepting students for music theory, harmony or ear training lessons. I have extensive experience teaching children and adults of all levels (for 30 years). I also conducted many large projects like musicals with children and they enjoy working with me very much. I have a PhD in Music and I'm a professor at Tennessee State University.
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Dr. Tem teaches



Dr. Tem delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:

I am an artist/educator who endeavors to sense life with the same wonderment as that of a child, never reflexively attributing experiences to the mundane. This is reflected in my art and in my lessons, allowing me to share and convey my passion to younger generations, with the ultimate aim of enabling them to discover their own passion for music and fire their creativity.

Dr. Tem

A composer and music technologist. Composing experience is diverse and includes composing for orchestras, and composing with computers for multimedia, computer games and film. Academic, research and work experience in Music Composition, Film Scoring, Music Theory and Ear Training, Piano, E-Learning, Music Technology, Computer Music, Sound Design, Game Audio and Game Technologies among favorite areas. Teaching in institutes offering such curriculum.

Has been the Director of Music & Sound Production Department at SEBIT LLC., Between 1996-2015. SEBIT's 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.

Now teaching at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN as a professor.

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Music Professor at Music Department
Jun 2015 - Present
Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN

Music Instructor at Several Universities or Schools
Jan 1991 - Jun 2015
Related Institutions Below


2011 – 2015 (Jun.) Instructor, (Sound Design, Sound Foley, and Voice Over) METU Technical University, Information Institute Game Technologies Program,

2010 – 2014 Instructor, (Music Composition & Theory) State Conservatory of Baskent University

2013 – 2014 Instructor / Researcher, (Technology Based Classroom Teaching) Altin Egitim Music & Fine Arts College K-12 Music Education “General Music, Music Technology, Sound Design”

2011 – 2013 Instructor, (Music Technology, Sound Editing, Recording)
State Conservatory of Hacettepe University
Graduate Course: “Audio Recording Technology in Research”

1998 – 2002 Instructor, Adjunct Faculty
Bilkent University, Music and Performing Arts Department

1996 – 1998 Faculty Member, Instructor
Bilkent University, Music and Performing Arts Department

Education Coordinator: (1997) Music Teacher, Early Music Education (K3)

1994 – 1996 Graduate Teaching Assistant Bilkent University, Music and Performing Arts Department, Composition Department. Music Theory, Ear Training,

1991 – 1993 Instructor, Music Theory, Popular Keyboard and Classical Piano YAMAHA Private Music School, (K-6, K-12, Adult),

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Director of Music & Sound Production Department
Jan 1996 - May 2015
SEBIT LLC. Scottsdale, AZ

Director of Music & Sound Production Department

Adaptive Curriculum, 1620 N. 82nd Place, Suite B, Scottsdale, AZ

Video Game & Animation / Film Music; Sound Effect Creation.


PhD in Music Composition
Sep 1998 - Jun 2002
Bilkent University
M.A. in Music Composition
Sep 1996 - Jun 1998
Bilkent University
B.A in Music Theory & Composition
Sep 1994 - Jun 1996
Bilkent University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Manager / Educator as a Coach
Jun 2012
Erickson College International, Canada

Manager / Educator as a Coach (Advanced) Certificate Erickson College International,

Workplace Coaching as A Leader / Educator
May 2012
Erickson College International, Canada

Workplace Coaching Certificate Erickson College International,

Music Production Workshop
Jul 1997
Berklee College of Music, Boston MA

Berklee College of Music, Boston MA/ USA (Summer)
Music Production Workshop (Film Scoring, Sound Design, and Sound Recording)


HALICI MIDI Song Contest: (1999)
May 1999
Merit Award for Contributions to Music Education
Sep 1995
Ministry of Education
HALICI MIDI Song Contest: (1994)
Jun 1994
National Children’s Choir Popular Song Contest: (1993)
Apr 1993
National Radio and Television

Photos & Videos

From the Film Score 'The Jade Horse" Composed by Tolga Tem
Understanding Music & Developing Musicality
Photo by Tem T.
Photo by Tem T.
Photo by Tem T.
Photo by Tem T.
From one of the rehearsals for a Children Musical

This video from a sound recording session with my students for a musical & video game project.
From one of the rehearsals for a Children Musical
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10 Reviews

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Farzad S. Sep 19, 2017
Turkish · Online

Thank you for teaching me in a simple way

Gabriel Feb 9, 2017
Piano · In studio

Dr. Tem is a wonderful teacher for any age and audience. If you only want to learn to play, then you will be satisfied. However, if you are interested in music as art and a form of expressing one self, you will find this is where Dr. Tem's ability to teach really shines through.

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Kolby K. Feb 7, 2016
Piano · In home

This man is amazing, we are so blessed.

Lara Feb 6, 2016
Film Production · In studio

I really enjoyed our lessons with Dr. Tem. He is friendly, funny and extremely knowledgeable. He gave me excellent feedback on my ideas and I could not have completed my assignments on time without his help. Thank you!!!

Deborah Feb 6, 2016
Turkish · Online

Dr Tem is very knowledgeable in this subject, and is a great instructor - very patient, professional, and provides abundant study material for homework.

Highly recommended if you seek a reliable tutor for learning Turkish!

Praveen B. Oct 30, 2015
Piano · In home

My 4 year old is so happy to take lessons, and he loves Tolga already. He is extremely patient with little ones. He captures their interests, and promotes enthusiasm for learning.

Deborah B. Oct 26, 2015
· Online

Very helpful!

Mert Sep 23, 2015
Arrangement and Composition · Online

Dr.Tem is a very kind and sophisticated teacher. He gave me Arrangement and Composition lessons for a one year. If you have any struggle about learning music, he is a kind of teacher who can find the solution for you.

Gizem Sep 20, 2015
Piano · In studio

Dr. Tem gave me piano lessons for 2 years. He is a passionate and patient teacher. I highly recommend for people who has interest in taking piano lessons.

Kivanc Sep 20, 2015
Music Theory · In studio

Tolga is a kind of teacher who has an innate talent of solving problems. He never goes on without making it clear when you are in need of furter information or lost during the class. He uses certain equipment to help him teach more effectively. His way of expressing his invaluable knowledge is highly impressive. If you have a good ear for music, he can train you in the blink of an eye

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