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BRINGING THE BAND/ORCHESTRA ROOM TOGETHER

Acoustics first

In a band/orchestra room, a good acoustical environment is more important than ever. These bands and orchestras usually number about 30-50 students with instruments, and as a result, they are producing a lot more sound than the general music classes. And because they are learning to train their ears to the subtleties of music, they need an environment that enables them to develop their critical listening skills.

T h e m o s t c o m m o n a c o u s t i c a l p r o b l e m i s a r o o m l a c k i n g t h e c u b i c v o l u m e r e q u i r e d t o h a n d l e a l l t h e s o u n d e n e r g y p r o d u c e d . C u b i c v o l u m e b e c o m e s o n e o f t h e m o s t p r e c i o u s c o m m o d i t i e s i n t h i s a r e a . E v e r y e f f o r t m u s t b e m a d e t o p r o v i d e e n o u g h c u b i c v o l u m e a n d t h e n t r e a t i t c o r r e c t l y s o t h a t s o u n d i s b a l a n c e d a n d s p r e a d t h r o u g h o u t t h e r o o m . T h e b a s i c s o f c r e a t i n g a q u a l i t y a c o u s t i c a l Rule-of-Thumb for: Band and/or Orchestra Rehearsal e n v i r o n m e n t a r e c o v e r e d i n t h e a c o u s t i c a l s e c t i o n o n p a g e s 2 9 - 3 1 . N U M B E R T O T A L S P A C E R E C O M M E N D E D O F S T U D E N T S R E Q U I R E D C E I L I N G H E I G H T ACTIVITY B a n d a n d / o r 1 4 0 0 - 1 8 0 0 s q . f t . O r c FREQUENCY h e s t r a R e h e a r s a l ( n o t i n c l u d i n g o f f i c e s ) 1-3 times weekly 45-50 14 -18 ft. I n d i v i d u a l a n d G r o u p 1 / 2 h o u r l e s s o n s 2 0 0 - 3 0 0 s q . f t . B a n d L e s s o n s 4 - 6 p e r d a y ( i n c l u d e s o f f i c e ) 1-4 8 -12 ft. I n d i v i d u a l a n d G r o u p 1 / 2 h o u r l e s s o n s 2 0 0 - 3 0 0 s q . f t . O r c h e s t r a L e s s o n s 4 - 6 p e r d a y ( i n c l u d e s o f f i c e ) 1-4 8 -12 ft.

Traffic flow

By creating a room that promotes a smooth traffic flow, you can give your students more teaching time. Time that is lost in facilities where it’s difficult for students to quickly get their instrument and get ready for class.

Separate entrance and exit doors in both the rehearsal room and the instrument storage room are a great way to facilitate a fast, efficient one- way flow of students. This is especially beneficial when one class will be leaving while another is entering.

Instrument Storage 225 sq. ft.

Director Area 350 sq. ft.

Storage 100 sq. ft.

Planning for generous aisles in the instrumental music area will also make it easier for students with instruments in tow to get to and from their seats. The rule of thumb – more space means less wasted teaching time and fewer damaged instruments.

Band Office and Individual Lesson Area 200 sq. ft.

Orchestra Office and Individual Lesson Area 200 sq. ft.

Instrumental Music Area 1100sq. ft.

Instrumental Storage Room

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