The problem with music teaching studios

Teaching is difficult at the best of times. But nowhere is the acoustic space more important than in a music teaching studio. Teachers spend countless hours inside small cubicles where they are subjected to ‘varying degrees of musical talent’ and somehow, they are expected to provide a ‘smile’ plus a fresh and enthusiastic lesson each and every 30 minutes. Most music teaching studios share the same set of problems: Because they tend to be clustered down hallways in music schools, they are usually small spaces that suffer from poor acoustics as echo ricochets off the hard gypsum wall surfaces – without any way for the excess energy to escape. The acoustics are further eroded by the room’s square geometry which causes sound to bounce back and forth and generate standing waves. This causes certain notes to self-amplify producing resonant peaks that can be at odds with the music and make certain instruments sound shrill or out of tune.  Then there is the distraction from the drumming next door… pounding through the walls making it impossible for the classical guitar student to concentrate. Sound penetrates the light-weight T-Bar ceiling tiles and traverses through the plenum to the teaching cubicle next door. These rooms wear on the nerves and result in ear fatigue, forcing the brain to work extra hard to compensate. At the end of the day, the teacher is stressed and overtired and the student does not get the true benefit of a private lesson.

How can Primacoustic help you?

To fix the room, we need to introduce an ‘escape hatch’ for the excess energy. This is in the form of Broadway™ 2” (5cm)  thick absorptive panels covering between 25% and 50% of the available wall space. Broadway panels are made from high-density 6lb glass wool and are exceptionally proficient at absorbing energy across the musical spectrum down to 100Hz. Each panel is treated with resin hardened edges and fully encapsulated with micromesh to eliminate dusting. These are hand-wrapped in rugged polyester tweed and able to stand up to daily abuse. Mounting is as easy as putting up a picture and is done using Impalers™. Placement should be above chair backs in order to reduce wear and tear on the panels. For rooms with excessive low frequencies such as generated by grand piano or bass guitar, adding Cumulus™ tri-corner traps will extend the low frequency absorption without taking up valuable space in the room.  For teachers that are subjected to very loud instruments such as trumpet, lowering the noise level will reduce susceptibility to long term hearing loss and tinnitus. To address sound leakage from one music room to another, Primacoustic Thundertiles™ provide instant remedy. These unique panels combine the sound absorptive qualities of the Broadway panel with a heavy gypsum backing board to block sound. These drop-in replacements for standard T-Bar ceilings can be installed in minutes without the use of special tools or equipment. Once in place, you will immediately notice greater note clarity, improved ear and pitch training and a more comfortable work environment.

Executive Summary

  • Absorbs excessive energy in the room to create a more comfortable teaching space
  • Eliminates room resonance aiding student with note and pitch recognition
  • Stops noise from either entering or escaping to or from other rooms
  • Reduces noise level, teacher stress and opportunity for hearing loss from over exposure