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ERIC Number: ED017129
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964-Oct
Pages: 1
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HOW TO KEEP SCHOOL NOISE AT THE RIGHT LEVEL.
MCKAY, RONALD L.
DISCUSSES FACTORS TO BE CONSIDERED DURING SCHOOL PLANNING STAGES REGARDING NOISE LEVELS AND ACOUSTIC DESIGN IMPLICATIONS. FACTORS ARE--(1) A STAGE HOUSE IS DETRIMENTAL TO ORCHESTRAS, BANDS, CHORUSES, LECTURES, ASSEMBLIES, RECITALS, AND CERTAIN DRAMAS AND SPEECH-MUSIC PERFORMANCES. SUGGESTED IS AN AUDITORIUM WITH AUDIENCE AND PERFORMING PLATFORM WITHIN THE SAME SPACE AND UNDER THE SAME CONTINUOUS CEILING--AN OPEN STAGE, (2) STEEPLY SLOPED FLOORS IN AUDITORIUMS OR LECTURE HALLS PERMIT BETTER VIEWS AND HEARING--SHALLOW RAMP FORMS SHOULD BE AVOIDED, (3) GOOD REHEARSAL ROOMS FOR LARGE MUSICAL GROUPS MUST BE 15 FEET HIGH MINIMUM, AND PREFERABLY 20 FEET TO 25 FEET HIGH--THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR HEIGHT. SPEECH CLASSROOMS SHOULD BE ABOUT 30 FEET SQUARE BY 10 FEET HIGH. FLEXIBLE SPACE MUST BE CONSIDERED IN TERMS OF PROPORTIONS AND ACOUSTIC QUALITY, (4) CARPETING IN THE CLASSROOM OFTEN MAKES USE OF OTHER ACOUSTIC TREATMENT UNNECESSARY WHILE CUTTING DOWN ON FOOTFALL AND CHAIR SCRAPING NOISE. FULLY UPHOLSTERED CHAIRS IN AUDITORIUMS SHOULD ALSO BE CONSIDERED, (5) AUDITORIUMS OF 1000 SEATS OR MORE NEED A SOUND AMPLIFICATION SYSTEM PLANNED FROM THE ONSET WITH THE REST OF THE AUDITORIUM BEING ACCOMMODATED IN THE DESIGN AND INTEGRATED WITH THE ROOM'S ACOUSTICAL DESIGN, (6) ALL PARTS OF A CONSTRUCTION SYSTEM MUST BE WELL BALANCED FOR THE BEST ACOUSTIC ENVIRONMENT, (7) CONTROLLED AIR FLOW NOISE OR MASKING NOISE CAN BE USEFUL IN OFFICE, CLASSROOMS, AND SIMILAR SMALL SPACES, AND (8) ABSORPTIVE MATERIALS USED IN CLASSROOMS CAN BE MUCH THINNER THAN THOSE USED IN MUSIC ROOMS, AUDITORIUMS, AND SHOPS WHERE A MUCH THICKER ABSORPTIVE MATERIAL AND AIRSPACE IS REQUIRED. THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN VOL. 74, NO. 4, OCTOBER 1966, ISSUE OF THE NATION'S SCHOOLS. COPIES MAY BE OBTAINED BY WRITING TO THE EDITOR, THE NATION'S SCHOOLS, INC., MERCHANDISE MART PLAZA, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS. (RK)
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