How It Started

This curriculum was originally developed out of a National Science Foundation Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) grant. The primary vision was to draw more students to the study of computer science by means of its exciting connections with art and digital media. However, DIGITAL SOUND & MUSIC has since evolved into a flexible body of curricular material that is designed to be accessible to students of different backgrounds, as well as teachers of a variety of courses in computer science and production aspects of music, audio, and the performing arts.
  • Modular material that moves from higher to lower levels of abstraction, and from concepts & theory to practical application.
  • Tested in both computer science and digital sound design classes and laboratories.
  • Innovative ways to link the conceptual textbook material with art and real-world projects.

Meet the Authors

Dr. Jennifer Burg
Dr. Jennifer BurgAuthor

Jennifer Burg received Master's degrees in French and English from the University of Florida in 1976 and 1977. After teaching these subjects for several years, she went on to pursue a PhD in computer science, receiving this degree from the University of Central Florida in 1993. Dr. Burg has been teaching computer science at Wake Forest University since 1993, achieving the rank of full professor in 2009.

Burg's work is focused on developing innovative curriculum material that integrates digital media - imaging, audio, and video - into computer science education. She is currently the principal investigator on two National Science Foundation grants, one of which is an inter-campus collaboration with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Burg's textbook, The Science of Digital Media, was published by Prentice-Hall in 2008. Burg's personal interests are bird watching and films of the 1930s and 40s.

Jason Romney
Jason RomneyAuthor
Jason Romney received his B.F.A. in theatre design and technology from Utah State University and his M.F.A. in sound design from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He has designed sound professionally at Triad Stage, Playmakers Rep, Alliance Theatre Company, Piedmont Opera, Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, Utah Festival Opera, and others.

Mr. Romney is also a computer programmer developing software solutions for sound designers and engineers. His programs are used by professionals in the theatre, film and music industries and in educational institutions across the country. Mr. Romney is an associate of the Center for Design Innovation, an inter- institutional center of UNCSA, Winston-Salem State University, and Forsyth Technical Community College. He has also served as vice commissioner for the computing industry on the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Sound Commission.

Eric Schwartz
Eric SchwartzCo-Author
Eric Schwartz received his B.S.E.E. with a concentration in Audio Engineering and minor in Computer Engineering from the University of Miami, and his M.F.A. in Sound Design from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He has worked professionally as an Acoustical Consultant, Sound Designer for Theatre and Media, Audio Engineer, Composer, and Web Designer.

As a musician, he has been playing guitar for about 2 decades. Eric especially enjoys interdisciplinary endeavors, and was particularly involved in developing the interactive multimedia demos and tutorials as part of the Digital Sound & Music curriculum.   See some of his work at

Eric is currently busy applying his practical problem-solving, analytical, and creative knowledge and experience toward the growth and strategic success of Envato, a leading online marketplace for creative assets and people.

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