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How Critical Listening Exercises Complement Technical Courses to Effectively Provide Audio Education for Engineering Technology Students

Music is important to many aspects of our lives including student life at an institution of higher education. Combining music with academic coursework and programs therefore can be an effective way of engaging students to embrace academic programs and be successful in higher education. Some institutions have purposely incorporated audio engineering into technical programs as a way to not only create interest but to increase retention. Others have created music and technology programs and options, leveraging the student passion for music and keen interest in engineering. This paper discusses the benefit of combining music, technology, and engineering into higher education and, in particular, how the development of critical listening skills is key to the success of such a curriculum.


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