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CHOIR IN THE GENERAL MUSIC ROOM

In the upper grades of elementary schools, it’s very common for students to move into more advanced types of music education – like choir. When an elementary school has a choir program, it will most likely use the general music room as its primary rehearsal space. If this is the case with the facility you are planning, creating a flexible room is more important than ever.

As pointed out earlier, flexibility is the key to an effective elementary music room because of the wide variety of back-to- back activities that happen here. A choir program adds yet another dimension of activity and equipment.

One of the most common equipment needs for choir programs is standing riser sets. As explained earlier, because poured concrete risers can render this area all but useless for elementary music programs, portable risers are a much better solution. And, the easier it is for the educator to move these risers in and out of storage, the easier it will be to manage transitions between classes and grades.

With a choir program, there may also be the need for acoustical shells or uniforms. Storage space must be provided for all the additional equipment and garments needed by a choir.

A choir program also magnifies the importance of creating a room with good acoustical qualities. These students are more advanced and at a point where they are developing their critical listening skills. Elementary choirs usually have 60-70 members and, as a result, produce a greater amount of sound energy. Sound energy that must be accommodated with adequate cubic volume. If the room is to be used for choir, you will need to plan for acoustical surface treatments to help balance and tune the qualities of the area (see acoustical section, page 29).

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Rooms shown are 36' x 38' and 1,368 sq. ft. (not counting General Storage Room)

65 Student Choir

General Storage Room 132 sq. ft.

80 Student Choir

General Storage Room 132 sq. ft.

100 Student Choir

General Storage Room 132 sq. ft.

120 Student Choir

General Storage Room 132 sq. ft.

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Teacher Area 250 sq. ft.

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Music Technology Work Area 60 sq. ft.

Instrument Storage Area 133 sq. ft.

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Teacher Area 250 sq. ft.

Main Activity Area 625 sq. ft

Music Technology Work Area 60 sq. ft.

Instrument Storage Area 133 sq. ft.

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Teacher Area 250 sq. ft.

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Music Technology Work Area 60 sq. ft.

Instrument Storage Area 133 sq. ft.

General Music/Choral Room

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