Harmony In Your Classroom - Music Room Design That Sings


When deciding on your school's music room design, you'll need to consider several different factors. First and foremost is the room's function. You'll need to know what you're going to use the room for in order to determine where within the building your music room should be located, what kind of music furniture you want, and how to adjust the rooms acoustics if necessary. Once you've made all the practical decisions, the final element is tasteful decoration of your music room.

Functional Considerations in Music Room Design

Are you designing a music room in which music will be played, or is the room primarily intended for instrument storage? If instruments will be played in the room, the best location is one of the building's interior rooms, away from the noise of traffic and playgrounds. A room on the ground floor will make it easier for to transport their heavy instruments so they won't have to carry them up and down stairs.

Now consider what the music will sound like in the room you've chosen. Soundproofing may be necessary, as may acoustical adjustments. Hard, reflective surfaces such as wood floors and mirrors cause sound to reverberate and you may need to dampen the sound with rugs or carpeting, wall tapestries and soft furniture. Place amplifiers or speakers on a rug in order to cushion the sound waves. If the room is carpeted, the acoustics might not be strong enough. If this is the case, select metal or wood furniture, when choosing instrument storage and music chairs. Sound will bounce off of thee materials and boost the acoustics in the music room.

Music Chairs and Other Music Furniture

If instrument storage is the main purpose of your music room design, you won't even need to think about acoustics. Your primary concern should instead be choosing the type of storage that's most appropriate. If there is cause for concern that instruments might be mishandled, stolen, or tampered with, you should choose instrument storage with doors that lock. But if you can keep the room locked when it's not in use, you'll be able to save money on music furniture with open (door-less) storage cabinets, which cost less. Of course, you'll need to select your music furniture based on what instruments you need to store. You can choose from shelving units with few or many compartments, extra deep ones, or even specially-designed storage units for particular kinds of instruments. These include guitar cabinets, violin racks, and sheet music displays, just to name a few.

If the room will be used for playing instruments, choose instrument storage that has grille doors. This is costlier than storage with regular doors, but necessary to absorb the sound so it won't bounce off your music furniture. In addition to your storage, don't forget to provide music stands and music chairs, and then figure out a way to organize your music room design to best accommodate the musicians who will be using the room. Move tables, music chairs and stands around the room until you find the perfect configuration. If the room is small, you may want to consider folding chairs, which can be stored away when not in use.