Dr. Tem Tolga

Tem T.

Nashville, TN
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I'm a professor of music with a Ph.D. degree and Turkish is my native language. I had been teaching in Turkey for over 20 years before I moved to the USA. Being a professor in Turkey with a Ph.D. degree requires high proficiency in Turkish. I write papers and articles both in Turkish and English. I study with students on their thesis. Especially I have worked with foreign students and know how to teach Turkish grammar as it will be your next language. As a musician myself, I have a very good pronunciation in both languages. As an expert on online teaching and as being an e-learning researcher since 1993, I study with online teaching tools that no other tutor use.

I have moved to Nashville, TN and teaching music at Tennessee State University. Besides teaching music in the States, I love Turkish and would love to share the beauties in the language and the culture of Anatolia. My advice would be at least weekly an hour of lessons but can be more related to your goals.

About Tem T.

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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10 Reviews
Farzad S.
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Thank you for teaching me in a simple way

Posted Sep 19, 2017
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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.

Posted Feb 9, 2017
Kolby K.
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This man is amazing, we are so blessed.

Posted Feb 7, 2016
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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!!!

Posted Feb 6, 2016
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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!

Posted Feb 6, 2016
Praveen B.
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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.

Posted Oct 30, 2015
Deborah B.
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Very helpful!

Posted Oct 26, 2015
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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.

Posted Sep 23, 2015
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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.

Posted Sep 20, 2015
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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

Posted Sep 20, 2015

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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

PAST TEACHING EXPERIENCES 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),

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

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