Course Information
TitleΑκουστική μουσικών οργάνων (Σεμινάριο) / Αcoustics of musical instruments
FacultyFine Arts
SchoolMusic Studies
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID600013923

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Mousikṓn Spoudṓn (2017-sīmera)

Registered students: 12
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Musicology / Music EducationElective Courses846
Music CompositionElective Courses846

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours4
Class ID
Type of the Course
  • Scientific Area
  • Skills Development
Course Category
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
The course aims at: presenting the basic principles of sound production for the main categories of instruments and stimulating participants to explore their personal skills at playing or composing music, setting the basis for further engagement with relevant areas of musical acoustics, processing and perception of musical sounds, etc.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
Course Content (Syllabus)
The Acoustics of Musical Instruments is one of the most important subjects in music, both from a theoretical and a practical standpoint, with immediate impact and effects in all sub-branches, including composing, arranging, performing, recording and editing, etc. The course concentrates in in-situ activities which include: • Review of organology in relation to acoustics • Acoustical and functional characteristics of musical instruments • Acoustical measurements and demonstrations • Presentation and study of instruments’ acoustics in conjunction to playing techniques • Study of perceptual characteristics of sounds of musical instruments Covered topics include: review of basic principles of acoustics, vibrations and oscillators, principles of frequency-time analysis and relevant representations, acoustic characteristics of instrument families, descriptions of steady and transient response, resonators and resonances, sound sources such as strings, tubes and pipes, bars, sticks and membranes, wave propagation and emission/radiation, directivity, dynamics, etc. The course examines the above within a framework of study for individual typical families of musical instruments such as the piano, strings of the violin family, the guitar, brass and woodwinds, percussion, voice-singing.
Educational Material Types
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
Extensive lab and experimentation use of acoustics analyzers and instruments.
Course Organization
Laboratory Work130.4
Reading Assigment501.7
Written assigments421.4
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. Eargle J., Μουσική Ακουστική Τεχνολογία, ΚΩΔΙΚΟΣ ΒΙΒΛΙΟΥ ΣΤΟ ΣΥΣΤΗΜΑ ΕΥΔΟΞΟΣ:14872 2. Λουτρίδης Σ., Ακουστική, Αρχές και Εφαρμογές, ΚΩΔΙΚΟΣ ΒΙΒΛΙΟΥ ΣΤΟ ΣΥΣΤΗΜΑ ΕΥΔΟΞΟΣ:41954971
Additional bibliography for study
1. Benade A., Fundamentals of Musical Acoustics 2. Campbell M., The musician's guide to Acoustics 3. Handel S., Listening 4. Fletcher N., Rossing D., The physics of musical Instruments 5. Loy G., Musimathics
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