Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

Basics of Acoustics



Subject Title: Basics of Acoustics 

Taught by: Prof. Dr. Rytis Ambrazevičius

Acad. Cycle 

ECTS credits



Contact hours



1 semester



Year of study

Weekly lectures/seminars


1st - - - -

1 / 0

Knowledge in music theory required for admission examinations






10-pont scale (seminars - 10%, midtermexam - 30%, exam - 60%)

Course goals:
• familiarize students with the basics of physical, physiological, and psychological acoustics; Develop practical computer acoustic analysis skills, ability to interpret acoustic data obtained.

Skills: Upon completing the course The Basics of Acoustics the students will:
• know and will be able to explain basic notions of acoustics, to characterize the subject of acoustics;
• be able to differentiate among objective and subjective sound phenomena, to evaluate sound parameters from sound signal graphs;
• be able to analize sound spectrum;
• be able to evaluate phenomena of sound propagation: reflections, diffraction, interference;
• learn to find frequencies of string and pipemodes;
• know physiological fundamentals of sound perception;
• know acoustical fundamentals of loudness, pitch, and timbre perception;
• be able to interpret psychoacoustic aspects of consonance/dissonance;
• be able to reason the phenomena of origins of musical scale, to differentiate among the parameters of scale and mode;
• be able to design Pythagorean tuning, just intonation, some versions of non-12ETtemperaments, calculate their intervals, estimate suitability of the scales for certain music.

Description: The Basics of Acoustics is an elementary course aimed at familiarizing students with the main concepts and vocabulary of acoustics, the properties of sound, objective and subjective phenomena of sound, etc.

Reading list:
1. Rossing T. D., Moore R. F., Wheeler P. A. The Science of Sound. San Francisco, 2002.

2. Howard D. M., Angus J. A. S. Acoustics and Psychoacoustics. Oxford, 2006.

3. Hall D. E. Musical Acoustics. Pacific Grove, California, 2002.

4. Roederer J. G. The Physics and Psychophysics of Music. An Introduction. New York, 2008.