Rooms designed for music teaching vary a great deal, with students practising singing and music with acoustic and electrically amplified musical instruments. Dance teaching is often a matter of large open spaces and musical accompaniment. In drama teaching the spoken word is vital – it has to be easy to speak and to listen.
As it is impossible to optimise the room for each purpose, it is important to carry out a broad use analysis. Decide what the room will mainly be used for and plan for that purpose.
This type of space should not be located near quiet activities.
Ecophon Master/alpha, beta or gamma can be used in different combinations if the room is solely used for playing music.
Building codes and standards
UK regulations, Building Bulletin 93 (BB93), states that in music classrooms an unoccupied mid frequency (Tmf) reverberation time of <1.0 seconds must be achieved. In a small practice/group room <0.8 seconds must be achieved. In ensemble rooms 0.6 – 1.2 seconds must be achieved. In performance/recital rooms, 1.0 – 1.5 seconds must be achieved. In recording studios 0.6 – 1.2 seconds must be achieved and in control rooms for recording <0.5 seconds.
No Swedish Standard.