Music Education

Enhancing Musical Performances

Musicians enjoy an acoustically tuned room that helps invigorate their performances.

ACOUSTICAL GOAL

Use absorption and diffusion for a rich, musical sound field. Absorption also improves the clarity of conversation between instructors and students.

DESIGN OPTIONS

Functional and cost-effective finishes are common, with wood finishes available where budgets allow.

PRODUCT ATTRIBUTES

Diffusive and absorptive wall and ceiling treatments.

Absorption

Tuning for Performance

T60 refers to the amount of time it takes for a sound to decay 60 dB. Absorptive materials lower T60 times to the desired level. Optimal times differ for each type of space and can be modeled using the absorption data of each product and the surfaces of the room.

For musical venues, T60 times are normally aimed at 1.5 seconds or higher to keep some background reverberation. However, music education spaces have lower targets. Larger band and instrument rooms aim for 0.9 to 1.1 seconds, to account for conversation from instructors and classmates. Smaller practice rooms can range as low as 0.6 to 0.8 seconds, which is similar to regular classrooms. For better sound quality in all frequencies, also consider diffusers and engineered absorption panels.

Refining Sound

UNTREATED

With large, uniform surfaces in a room, harsh reflections cause acoustic glare, which can produce undesirable sounds for music.

DIFFUSED

Musicians and vocalists are given a sense of envelopment, because sound energy travels evenly and from many different directions.

PROJECT FOCUS:

West Clermont High School