Teaching activity

The Chair of Musi­cal Acoustics is respon­si­ble for teach­ing in tech­ni­cal sci­ence and audi­to­ry sci­ence with­in the cur­ricu­lum of the Depart­ment of Sound Engi­neer­ing. The Chair’s fac­ul­ty and col­lab­o­ra­tors teach the fol­low­ing cours­es: Musi­cal Acoustics, Room Acoustics, Fun­da­men­tals of Hear­ing, Tim­bre Solfege, Math­e­mat­ics, Fun­da­men­tals of Elec­tron­ics, Sig­nal The­o­ry, Sem­i­nar in Audi­to­ry Sound Assess­ment, and Tech­ni­cal Lab­o­ra­to­ry Practicum. Tim­bre Solfege, a unique course in ear train­ing, devel­oped at the Chair of Musi­cal Acoustics, is of spe­cial impor­tance to the edu­ca­tion of sound engi­neers. The course’s main goal is to enhance aur­al sen­si­tiv­i­ty to tim­bre and devel­op the skills of mem­o­riz­ing and describ­ing tim­bre. The Chair of Music Acoustics also super­vis­es mas­ter the­sis projects in research areas relat­ed to the Chair’s sci­en­tif­ic pro­file. The Chair’s fac­ul­ty also teach a vari­ety of cours­es at the Depart­ment of Com­po­si­tion, Con­duc­tion, and The­o­ry of Music (Fun­da­men­tals of Acoustics, Elec­tron­ic Music), with­in the Interuni­ver­si­ty Mul­ti­me­dia Stud­ies Pro­gram (The Art of Sound, Fun­da­men­tals of Elec­troa­coustics and Aur­al Sound Assess­ment, Sem­i­nar in Mul­ti­me­dia Work), and a gen­er­al uni­ver­si­ty course titled Infor­ma­tion Tech­nol­o­gy.

Research activity

The Chair’s research area includes a wide range of top­ics con­cerned with musi­cal acoustics, psy­choa­coustics, sound qual­i­ty assess­ment, room acoustics, and hear­ing haz­ards caused by expo­sure to music. The research stud­ies car­ried out at the Chair have been pub­lished in inter­na­tion­al sci­en­tif­ic jour­nals, mono­graphs, and con­fer­ence pro­ceed­ings (list of pub­li­ca­tions). The Chair has co-orga­nized numer­ous domes­tic and inter­na­tion­al sci­en­tif­ic con­fer­ences.

Current research projects

Selected research projects conducted in the past years


The Chair of Musi­cal Acoustics was found­ed in 1968 by Pro­fes­sor Andrzej Rakows­ki who served as the Chair’s Head until his retire­ment in 2001. Pro­fes­sor Rakows­ki was fol­lowed as the Chair’s head by Pro­fes­sor Elż­bi­eta Ara­nows­ka (2001–2003) and Pro­fes­sor Krzysztof Szli­firs­ki (2003–2004) and Pro­fes­sor Andrzej Miśkiewicz, the cur­rent Head of the Chair. In the near­ly 50 years of its his­to­ry, the Chair of Musi­cal Acoustics had a num­ber of renowned sci­en­tists among its fac­ul­ty and col­lab­o­ra­tors, such as Pro­fes­sors Mar­i­an Rajew­s­ki, Bolesław Urbańs­ki, Ste­fan Czar­nec­ki, Witold Straszewicz, Antoni Jaroszews­ki, Tomasz Łętows­ki, and Krzysztof Szli­firs­ki.

From the time of the Chair’s foun­da­tion, its research activ­i­ty has been focused on sound per­cep­tion in music and sound qual­i­ty assess­ment method­ol­o­gy. In the last decade of the 20th cen­tu­ry the Chair’s research area has broad­ened to include room acoustics and the prob­lems of hear­ing haz­ards caused by expo­sure to music. In addi­tion to basic sci­en­tif­ic research, the Chair of Musi­cal Acoustics has con­duct­ed numer­ous applied projects for the music indus­try and cul­tur­al insti­tu­tions in Poland.

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