This research is aimed at studying postgraduate theses on viola in Turkey. It is intended to determine the position of completed studies on viola in terms of research fields, methods, distribution by year; to serve as a source for literature search and subject selection for future studies; and to contribute to produce more qualified studies through revealing the problems and failures in academic researches about viola. The research is a descriptive study using survey method. The sample of the research consists of the 49 theses at The Council of Higher Education (COHE) Thesis Inventory. The studies included in the research were analyzed according to frequency percentage distribution in terms of thesis type, university, year, institute, department, the research model applied, and their topics. At the end of the study, it was established that the studies, which were examined in 10 different groups created by topic (viola education, literature, biography, work review, method review, paper review, method recommendation, study recommendation, structural-historical review, other) were conducted in 18 different universities, 4 different institutes and 2 different departments between the years 1994-2014. It was found out that most of the studies were carried out on “work review” and “viola education” topic groups. It was also concluded that there are mostly master's level studies (% 75.51) and very few researches at doctorate level(% 2.04); that a large majority of the studies (% 97.95) were prepared using survey method and there are no studies applying experimental method. Additionally, an evaluation has been made at the conclusion with the purpose of uncovering the different characteristics of the studies based on topics. Proposals have been made for further studies taking into consideration the conclusions reached.
Viola, Viola Research, Postgraduate Viola Theses, Music Research, Postgraduate Music Theses