Small music practice rooms for non-amplified musical instruments are essential requirements in the teaching of music in music education facilities. The requirements for wall partitions and doors sound insulation performance for music practice rooms are usually the primary
consideration and generally well understood.
This thesis seeks to focus on the sound quality within the music practice room as perceived by the music student and teacher. The size, shape and finishes of the small music practice rooms decided at the design phase would determine the final cost, floor areas utilised and resulting acoustic quality of the built music practice rooms.
The determination of music practice room sizes, proportions, shapes and finishes and their potential impact on the sound quality of the rooms are discussed. Issues regarding standing waves, room modes and the even distribution of the modes in small music practice rooms are also addressed. The various methods of varying the reverberation times and diffusivity in the music practice rooms with the use of alternative room elements and finishes are meant to be discussed in these thesis.