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Date of Award

Winter 2019

Thesis Access

WSU Access Only Honors Thesis

Thesis Location

Honors College Thesis

Degree Name



Electrical and Computer Engineering

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Hao Ying


When people think of the music and electrical engineering, there are not many reasons for these two fields to come together. In fact, the two fields are seen as complete opposites that do not impact one another. However, we can find and analyze ways to bring these seemingly distinct subjects together. In order to do so, this paper will highlight the ways that a piano works from the music side. Research was conducted to find the ways that a piano creates its sounds and how the pitch can vary at every key. For the field of electrical engineering, the paper will discuss the functions of a microcontroller. To understand a microcontroller, extensive research was done to find how every part of the hardware works and how to program the software to show the results the user would like to observe. To find the midway between the two, the final product that will be discussed is an electrical piano created on a microcontroller. Therefore, the conclusion that emerged showed that, through the hardware and software assembly, a simplified electrical piano can be created on a microcontroller. The implications of this are wide, showing that two outwardly dissimilar fields can come together as one.

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