Acoustics and Electronics Minor

The acoustics and electronics minor at Berklee provides students an opportunity to investigate scientific, mathematical, psychological, and physiological principles in the study of acoustics. Students learn about the nature of sound waves and vibration, sound propagation, sound outdoors and indoors, sound transmission and noise reduction, sound reinforcement systems, room acoustics and vibration isolation, acoustics of musical instruments, the human ear and perception, as well as psychoacoustics. Students also learn how acoustics is studied and communicated mathematically, electronically, physiologically, and psychologically. The minor emphasizes the contemporary musician's need to understand acoustical phenomenon in performance, composition, and music technology applications.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of a minor in acoustics and electronics, students will:

  • Evaluate research in the field of acoustics
  • Analyze sounds waves and vibration, sound propagation
  • Evaluate sound outdoors and indoors
  • Synthesize sound transmission, sound reinforcement systems, and noise reduction strategies
  • Analyze data related to acoustical research in the student's chosen major
  • Apply technological tools to model and describe acoustical phenomena
  • Apply scientific principles of acoustics to creative endeavors such as musical composition or performance

Required Courses

Elective Courses (choose two from the following)

Four courses required for completion of the minor.

For more information, contact

Liberal Arts Department
7 Haviland, Room 334
617 747-2552
Chair: Simone Pilon,
Liberal Arts Project Manager: Chris Jo,