Band Room Size
December 12, 2012 at 2:55 pm #16775
I am in a bit of a situation with my current school and rehearsal space. I currently teach GM, K-6 in a smallish classroom (600 sq ft). I also have a 6th and a 7th/8th band. With my enrollment numbers rising, we no longer fit into this area and must rehearse in the theater, which displaces the drama teacher and other happenings. So over the summer, there is talk about building a “band room” and I was approached and asked how much space I need. I have no idea! I’m fairly spatially challenged so I don’t know what to say back. I know I would like at least twice the space I have now for a rehearsal area, but also storage space and maybe a few small private rooms for sectionals and private lessons. What do you guys think is an adequate size room for a middle school band? I don’t think I would ever have more than 70 or 80 kids, just based on our school population. Thanks!December 13, 2012 at 5:19 pm #16841
Your state Department of Education probably has guidelines or requirements for facilities. I did a quick internet search and found Virginia’s. They say you should have a minimum of 20 square feet per member of the largest group, 12.5 feet ceilings and 200 feet of storage space for a middle school band room.
If you can not find your state’s requirements, I would find information from several other states to present. My experience is that it will be a larger space then administrators initially think.December 16, 2012 at 7:30 am #16902
Build for the future. Nothing worse than a 5 year old facility you’ve already outgrown. I’m dealing with that on our new stage (built just before my arrival). Program has tripled in 5 years.January 9, 2013 at 9:36 am #18227
Check out the Design Professionals page on http://www.wengercorps.com. When you click on it, there’s a pdf called “Planning Guide for Music Facilities.” They have everything on there you will ever need to know about size, space, acoustics, for every type of music classroom. We are in the process of planning renovations for my building and this has been my best friend. I also teach middle school band and my room is way too small for my kids as well, so I feel ya. Best of luck to you!January 9, 2013 at 9:43 am #18229
Wenger Corporation (wengercorp.com) has a Planning Guide for Music Facilities that is very good. They will also consult. Don’t ignore acoustic principles or you might be dealing with hearing loss. I know of one program that OSHA investigated and required all staff and students to wear earplugs! Don’t take the planning lightly. And I agree, administrators and architects who aren’t aware of acoustic requirements will try to go smaller. Educate them and advocate for the program.
No, I don’t work for Wenger 🙂
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