To a recent graduate from a liberal arts college with majors in physics and music, Dr. Bill Strong presented a unique opportunity to work on a graduate degree in physics, with research in musical acoustics, using a computational approach. The historical tradition of acoustics within the discipline of physics was important to that young graduate student then, in the 1990s, and continues to be important to this member of academia twenty years later. The work of Bill Strong in shaping and sustaining acoustics at Brigham Young University was at a critical juncture. This presentation of the contemporary setting and my mentor’s approach will offer a grad student’s perspective, through an appreciative filter of years of experience as a professor.