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Acoustic optimization of Indian Classical Music Practice Room



            Music practice classroom are essential constructed and well-built spaces needed in order to acclimate music students, belonging to a classical music sector from a specific mentor, in their teaching activity. The main motive of a proper music practice classroom is to establish a uniform sound communication between Guru and Kshishya (Teacher -Student communication while rendering music), Unfortunately, in most of the institution or in the academy where music is being taught, a problem is faced by the students in learning classical music because of inadequate practice room. The acoustic design of the rooms is not appropriate that’s why high reverberation and echo is generated while singing or practicing the music instruments.  Even in the most higher education institution in India where music is being taught as a major subject have similar kind of inadequate classroom not friendly in teaching – learning of music. Most of the classroom do not ensure the quality of sound, minimum optimal acoustic comfort while practicing the music which result the noisy or reverb sound that make the music unpleasant and discomfort while singing the raga. It is observed that music practice room in higher educational institution are expected to be too reverberant, not acoustic friendly and inappropriate in practicing the classical music. Actually, in Indian classical music, structure of the classroom should be proper and acoustic friendly that the sound of manual tanpura, vocal and the accompany instruments like Harmonium, Table and Sarangi, and Violin should blend in proper way and create vibrant sound that sooth the ear of mentee and mentor. The study presents an acoustic research made in the classroom of department of Performing Arts, Lovely Professional University.  The research was conducted with analyzing the various method of data collection, data evaluation and data interpretation. Acoustic measurement of the reverb time were developed according to the existing rules and scientific measurements techniques are used to calculated the actual time of reverberation, echo and inadequate sound that was heard while practicing the classical music. The obtained results were compared with the admissible limits provided by the current regulation. 


Keywords: Indian Classical Music, Acoustic, reverberation, Classroom, teaching, students  

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