Rast Musicology Journal (RMJ) presents a new vision, standard and targets as embodied by this issue, to the attention of international academic circles. Meticulous readers can easily see the innovations of RMJ, made for the purpose of a more objective contribution to produce academic knowledge firstly in the Turkish and then in the international perspectives. Nevertheless, a few words will be useful to understand what the targeted innovations are, for a better understanding of the new vision.
You will see the first innovation in the new design of the journal, which reflects the visionary tendency academic publishing has reached. With this new design, new page layout was created to helps to readers establish a more complete relationship with contents, besides academic details, needed for production of and access to knowledge. We started to use extended abstracts, as we considered the increase of demand for sharing knowledge. The main publishing language of RMJ is Turkish. With this vision, RMJ supports and pays attention to producing academic knowledge in Turkish. The purpose of using extended abstracts is to give enough information to international musicological circles, about the backgrounds, methods, findings and results of the articles. In this way, the dynamic dimension of academic knowledge production in the Turkish language is directly presented to the attention of world academicians.
On the one hand, the main publication principle of RMJ is creating an environment for high standard musicological publishing made in a vast cultural landscape which is centred in Turkish music. On the other hand, it is to create new possibilities between all the circles that supports sharing knowledge, ideas and experience. In this context, the new vision is expected to contribute to positive developments.
One of the important indicators of our new vision is the new editorial board. This board was created taking expertise into account.
There are four articles that were written in different branches of musicology in this issue. The first of these is titled as How was the traditional makam theory westernized for the sake of modernization? by Okan Murat Öztürk. Öztürk, examines the transformative interventions on Turkish music theory with a historical and critical perspective in this article. Additionally, the ideas, insights and practices that stand out in the transformation process are presented with a rich content.In the article, which points out the important difference between modernization and westernization, Öztürk, reached the conclusion that those who intervened in the field of music theory purported to serve westernisation, not modernisation.
The article written by Yalçın Çetinkaya, explores the relationship between cosmology and music. It is titled¨ From the motion of planets to the tunes of music¨. Çetinkaya, examines theknowledge reaching the İslamic worlds from Ancient Greece,from the perspective of historical musicology. In addition, this article provides evidences that the phenomenon of relating music with the cosmos was firstly theorised by Muslim scientists.
The article written by Emel Funda Türkmen, ¨The prospective teacher conservatoire students’ perception of value: theexample of optimistic and pessimistic caricatures¨ aims consolidating the perceptions related to the music teaching of the prospective teacher by means of optimistic and pessimistic caricatures. Another purpose of this article is the introduction of essential teaching values by the same cartoons.
The article titled¨ Burnout levels of academicians working in conservatories¨, was written by Serpil Umuzdaş and Funda Keklik Kal . These two researchers examines the burn out level of academicians who work in conservatoire. This research was carried on conservatoires in the City of Tokat by using quantitative research methods. This research reached very interesting conclusions.
As editors, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to the secretariat of the journal, the authors and editors who contributed to the process of publishing the journal. Additionally, we wish that this issue, published with a new vision, will contribute the academic world.