Breaking the Sound Barrier
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This chapter considers how audio programs can look beyond their disciplinary borders for increased opportunities staffing, classes, and projects. It defines an audio program as an educational major, department, or unit within a department, where students learn to record, edit, and mix sound and media, of which music technology is a subset, and students possess varying levels of musicianship. The chapter highlights a study on audio curricular offerings across the United States and its level of disciplinarity. It examines and details several examples of interdisciplinarity in audio education—from a class project to an entire program. Before the mid-1800s, most colleges and universities in the United States were interdisciplinary, as they had been from their start in the 1600s and 1700s. The chapter concludes with the future and challenges of further work in audio education across disciplinary boundaries, learning outcomes, as well as assessment tools and academic workload.