The Acoustical Studies curriculum includes a breadth of coursework in architectural acoustics, noise control, psychoacoustics, musical acoustics, acoustic and audio measurements, computer modeling, electroacoustics, audio visual systems design, and professional practices. Each of these courses includes both content teaching and learning, in the classroom, as well as applications, to a varying degree. The program culminates with an Acoustics Design Practicum, in the second year, whereby each student develops, executes, and defends an individualized research and application project, in an area suited to his/her specific interests.

The graduate Acoustical Studies program is taught by faculty from across the disciplines of engineering, music, recording, acoustic design and architecture, each deeply engaged in the field of acoustics, both academically and professionally.

Acoustics students taking measurementsElective courses are determined on an individual basis, to complement students’ specific interests. Students are welcome to take a variety electives, at Peabody, in music theory or musicology, recording & production or new media. Students are also open to take elective courses within the Whiting School of Engineering or the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, as they are qualified and prepared, based on their previous education.

The program course requirements are noted below. While listed loosely in order of content sequence, the precise sequencing of courses changes with each student cohort, and with each student’s individual schedule and electives.

Major Area
Musical Acoustics PY.550.515 3
Psychoacoustics PY.550.517 3
Architectural Acoustics I PY.550.624 3
Electroacoustics PY.550.516 3
Acoustical and Audio Measurements PY.550.519 3
Architectural Acoustics II PY.550.632 3
Audiovisual Systems Design PY.550.625 3
Noise Control PY.550.626 3
Acoustical Modeling PY.550.627 2
Acoustics Design Practicum PY.550.640 3
Graduate Seminar I PY.550.631 2
Graduate Seminar II PY.550.633 2
Major Credits 33
Supportive Courses
Recommended Professional Electives
Consumer Audio Systems
Architectural Engineering
Audio Science and Technology
Music Electives TBD 3
Total Elective Credits 9
MA Audio Sciences: Acoustical Studies, TOTAL Credits 42

For specific and detailed degree requirements, refer to the Peabody Conservatory Academic Catalog for the year of entry into the program. For elective offerings, refer to JHU SIS online portal, during the registration period. Electives are chosen in consultation with Chair of Recording Arts and with the approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.