A Novel Interdisciplinary Course: Musical Acoustics and Health Issues In response to a college call for new interdisciplinary coursework in the Natural and Health Sciences, an undergraduate level course was created with focus on the physics and biophysics of sound. The physics of sound production in musical instruments is used as a model for understanding vocal production and sound ... Article
Article  |   December 15, 2016
A Novel Interdisciplinary Course: Musical Acoustics and Health Issues
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  • Donald Finan
    University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
  • Deanna Meinke
    University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
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  • Financial: Donald Finan and Deanna Meinke have no relevant financial interests to disclose.
    Financial: Donald Finan and Deanna Meinke have no relevant financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: Donald Finan is the Coordinator for Special Interest Group 19, Speech Science. Deanna Meinke has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.
    Nonfinancial: Donald Finan is the Coordinator for Special Interest Group 19, Speech Science. Deanna Meinke has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.×
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Hearing & Speech Perception / Acoustics / Hearing Disorders / Part 1
Article   |   December 15, 2016
A Novel Interdisciplinary Course: Musical Acoustics and Health Issues
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2016, Vol. 1, 15-25. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG19.15
History: Received July 28, 2016 , Revised November 11, 2016 , Accepted November 21, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2016, Vol. 1, 15-25. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG19.15
History: Received July 28, 2016; Revised November 11, 2016; Accepted November 21, 2016

In response to a college call for new interdisciplinary coursework in the Natural and Health Sciences, an undergraduate level course was created with focus on the physics and biophysics of sound. The physics of sound production in musical instruments is used as a model for understanding vocal production and sound reception, with emphasis on relevant issues of vocal and hearing health promotion. This project-based course, titled “Musical Acoustics and Health Issues,” was designed in collaboration with faculty from Audiology, Speech Science, Public Health, Music, Physics, Music Technology, and Science Education. Student performance is assessed through a series of eight hands-on projects designed to maximize active learning strategies. Course projects center on the concept of “sound as energy” and include the construction of string-based (cigar box guitar) and tube-based (PVC pipe didgeridoo) instruments. Course design, project details, and course outcomes are presented.

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