Acoustics and Music


An introduction to the physics underlying the production, transmission, and reception of musical sounds. Topics covered include sound waves and room acoustics; analysis of pitch, timbre, and loudness; the chromatic scale and tuning systems; resonance and the physics of strings, winds, and brass instruments and the human voice; and the structure of the human ear. Students complete and present an original research project. No previous knowledge of physics assumed.
Curriculum Codes
  • R
  • NS
Cross-Listed As
  • MUSIC 126
Typically Offered
Spring Only