Cemal Özata graduated from the Music Education Department of Gazi University in 2002. He is currently a Ph.D. student at Abant İzzet Baysal University (AİBÜ), where he obtained his masters degree in 2007. As a music teacher, he taught for several years in Bolu and has been working for six years in Çankırı Selahattin İnal Fine Arts High School. His research focuses on Turkish folk music and traditional music in oral culture. Additionally, he teaches and conducts Turkish folk music and Bağlama ensembles.