The Acoustical Studies program at the Peabody Institute is a two-year graduate program, resulting in a Master of Arts degree, which prepares students to work in the specialized and growing fields of architectural acoustic design and consulting, acoustical product design, and audio systems design and integration. The program provides a thorough grounding in acoustics fundamentals, design practices, and advanced analysis applications, to enable graduates to pursue careers in these specialized fields.
The program considers all aspects of the behavior of sound in space and its impact on the human condition, from the classroom, to the concert hall, to the workplace, to the city. As the only graduate program in acoustics situated within a music conservatory [in North America], the program has a specific [but not exclusive] focus on music, and on the design and analysis of spaces for performance, including concert and recital halls, spoken-word theaters, studios for recording and production, and critical listening spaces.
The Acoustical Studies program at the Peabody Institute is dedicated to applied learning and investigation, with outcomes that not only contribute to the broader body of acoustics understanding, but also that serve the city and community, by addressing actual acoustics challenges and conditions. Students will utilize and learn from the various performance, assembly and studio spaces within the Peabody Institute and Johns Hopkins University, but will also spend significant time off site, within the region and beyond, to listen, learn, analyze and apply their developing expertise within a broader context.
Audiovisual Systems Design
Acoustical Modeling, Noise Control
Acoustics Graduate Seminar
Ian Bryan Hoffman is an architect, acoustic designer, and educator. He has spent his career committed to examining and understanding the curious interactions of sound and space, specifically as they affect the human experience.
Audio Science and Technology, Consumer Audio
Composer, performer, and sound artist, Bryan Jacobs’ work focuses on interactions between live performers, mechanical instruments, and computers. His pieces are often theatrical in nature, pitting blabber-mouthed fanciful showoffs against timid reluctants.