Research course

Musical acoustics

Open University · Department of Music

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Months of entry


Course content

Musical acoustics research topics carried out by the Acoustics Research Group include investigating the effect of wall vibrations on the playing characteristics of brass instruments, analysing the importance of the bassoon crook to the instrument's playing properties, monitoring the result of the bending of instrument lead pipes during the manufacturing process, and making bore profile and input impedance measurements on woodwind and brass instruments.

The research is carried out by PhD students working individually or in collaboration with the group's other PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and academic staff.

Potential research projects
Projects in all of the above areas are possible. Also, please approach us if you are interested in another topic that remains within the broad interests of the research group.

Potential supervisors

  • Professor Keith Attenborough
  • Professor David Sharp
  • Dr Shahram Taherzadeh

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website for more information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

Professor David Sharp
+44 (0)1908 655799