Course details

Fundamentals of Musical Acoustics

BPC-ZHA FEKT BPC-ZHA Acad. year 2022/2023 Winter semester 3 credits

Students will become familiar with the physical nature of sound waves and vibrations in detail, the human way of perceiving sound, acoustics of musical instruments and acoustics in interpretation. The course also deals with recordings played on different musical instruments.


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Time span

  • 26 hrs lectures


Hudební fakulta (HF JAMU)


Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

The student will be able to:
- explain the basic concepts of acoustics,
- explain the principle function of a musical instrument and characterize its tone,
- explain the capabilities and limitations of musical instruments,
- describe the influence of room acoustics on the interpretation of music,
- describe spaces suitable for various genres and describe a recording chain,
- name the audio formats used and describe them,
- use modern technologies to record music and for the analysis of playing a musical instrument.

Learning objectives

The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the physical nature of sound waves and vibrations, the human way of perceiving sound, the acoustics of musical instruments and acoustics in interpretation.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The knowledge of basic concepts of musical acoustics, tempo, expression and dynamic signs, and musical instruments tuning is required.

Progress assessment

Evaluation of study results follows Rules for Studies and Examinations of BUT and Dean's Regulation to the Rules for Studies and Examinations of BUT. Credit is given after successful completion of a written test and additional interview.

Teaching methods and criteria

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.
- Lectures provide the explanation of basic principles, supplemented by audio samples.
Participation at lectures is recommended.

Controlled instruction

Forms of the checked instructions are specified by a regulation issued by the guarantee of the course and updated for every academic year.


Mon exam 2022-12-19 T12/SD 2.93 15:0016:52závěrečná zkouška
Mon exam 2023-01-09 T12/SD 2.93 15:0016:22závěrečná zkouška
Mon exam 2023-01-16 T12/SD 2.93 15:0016:00závěrečná zkouška
Mon lecture lectures T12/SD 2.93 15:0016:5080 Přikryl

Course inclusion in study plans

  • Programme MITAI, field NSPE, any year of study, Compulsory
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