Appropriate acoustics allow learning in our classrooms. There are several considerations when assisting schools
in providing good acoustic environments for both students and
teachers. Reverberation or echo within the classroom interferes with a student's ability to hear speech from
the teacher or other students. The time required for the echo to diminish is called "decay time" and is measured
in seconds. If the words from the teacher take 5
seconds to decay, the words spoken are often unintelligible as they are covered over by the preceding words.
Acoustic treatment of a classroom to create a good learning environment with a low
reverberation rate can take many forms, depending upon the desired aesthetics. In addition to the speech within the
classroom, noise from HVAC systems as well as noise from outside the classroom can be disruptive. NEVA Associates has
worked with many school systems to create better learning environments using acoustic materials appropriate for school rooms.
Hearing impaired and special needs classrooms also require acoustic treatment. NEVA has predictive models to develop the
correct treatment for the specific environment. Teachers report that classrooms treated for special needs children, also
promote improved learning among other students, as well as creating a more pleasant environment for the teacher.
If your classroom, music practice room, cafeteria, gymnasium, library or other learning environment requires better
acoustics, please contact us for a no-cost survey.