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Musical acoustics

Research Musical acoustics with The Open University

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.

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

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.

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Professor David Sharp
+44 (0)1908 655799

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.