Date of Award


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First Reader



For this project, the book, The Acoustical Foundations of Music, by John Backus, was read and studied. The purpose of reading this book was twofold. The first was to gain a better understanding of how musical sounds are produced and transmitted to the listener. The second purpose was to decide whether or not this book would be suitable to use as a textbook in a course dealing with acoustics as it applies to music. Since it would be impractical to discus in the bounds of this paper, all that was learned concerning the subject of acoustics, the topic of discussion will center on how the material was presented and the suitability of the text for a classroom situation.



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