Chair of Musi­cal Acoustics was found­ed by Pro­fes­sor Andrzej Rakows­ki who served as its head until his retire­ment in 2001. The Chair’s teach­ing activ­i­ty is relat­ed to tech­ni­cal sci­ences and to psy­chol­o­gy and phys­i­ol­o­gy of hear­ing. The Chair’s fac­ul­ty teach the fol­low­ing cours­es: fun­da­men­tals of hear­ing, tim­bre solfege, acoustics, elec­troa­coustics, musi­cal acoustics, room acoustics, math­e­mat­ics, fun­da­men­tals of elec­tron­ics, sig­nal the­o­ry, record­ing tech­nol­o­gy and tech­ni­cal lab­o­ra­to­ry practicum. Tim­bre solfege is a unique course in tech­ni­cal lis­ten­ing devel­oped at the Chair of Musi­cal Acoustics. The course’s main goal of devel­op­ing ana­lyt­i­cal lis­ten­ing skills is achieved by spe­cial lab­o­ra­to­ry exer­cis­es which con­sist of var­i­ous lis­ten­ing tasks. The research activ­i­ty of the Chair of Musi­cal Acoustics con­cerns psy­cho­log­i­cal and phys­i­o­log­i­cal acoustics, method­ol­o­gy of sound qual­i­ty assess­ment, select­ed prob­lems of room acoustics and prob­lems of hear­ing haz­ards caused by expo­sure to musi­cal sounds. Fac­ul­ty and staff mem­bers of the Chair have par­tic­i­pat­ed in research projects sup­port­ed by the Pol­ish Com­mit­tee for Sci­en­tif­ic Research.

Results of research con­duct­ed at the Chair were pub­lished in var­i­ous Pol­ish and inter­na­tion­al sci­en­tif­ic jour­nals, such as Acta Acus­ti­ca, Archives of Acoustics, Jour­nal of the Acousti­cal Soci­ety of Amer­i­ca, Jour­nal of the Audio Engi­neer­ing Soci­ety, Musi­cae Sci­en­ti­ae and Music Per­cep­tion. Fac­ul­ty mem­bers par­tic­i­pat­ed in numer­ous sci­en­tif­ic con­gress­es and sym­posia in Poland and abroad. Fif­teen doc­tor­al dis­ser­ta­tions and six post-doc­tor­al dis­ser­ta­tions (habil­i­tac­ja) were pre­pared at the Chair of Musi­cal Acoustics. Pro­fes­sor Andrzej Rakows­ki, asso­ciate mem­ber of the Pol­ish Acad­e­my of Sci­ences, is cur­rent­ly the Pres­i­dent of the Com­mit­tee of Acoustics of the Pol­ish Acad­e­my of Sci­ences and the Pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Soci­ety for Cog­ni­tive Sci­ences in Music (ESCOM).

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