College Planning & Management

JAN 2013

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P R O D U C T S T H AT W O R K WENGER CORPORATION {what's new & noteworthy} Improving Music Practice P RACTICE IS THE CORNERSTONE of a musician's development, so postsecondary institutions generally provide dedicated practice rooms intended for individual or small group practice sessions. How can you ensure that a music practice room is a wise investment? Consider three important factors: sound isolation, relocatability, and advanced technology. Sound Isolation. A practice room should isolate the musician from audible distractions while also preventing the musician from distracting others — in nearby practice rooms or adjacent areas. Modular rooms can provide a consistent, guaranteed level of sound isolation. "We believe Wenger practice rooms can be more cost-effective than stick-built — because they work," says acoustician David Kahn, principal with Acoustic Dimensions in New York City. "So many things can go wrong with stick-built rooms, but the acoustical performance of Wenger modules is guaranteed." Several years ago, summer flooding forced the University of Iowa School of Music to relocate to interim locations around Iowa City, IA. Overall, Wenger installed 84 practice rooms in several buildings owned or rented by the University; Acoustic Dimensions served as acoustical consultant. Relocatability. Because they are modular, pre-fabricated music practice rooms can be erected quickly and moved or reconfigured as needs change on campus. This flexibility helps maximize the long-term value of a school's investment. The University of Iowa's School of Music was temporarily spread across eight different sites in Iowa City, anticipating the opening of its new facility. "The ability to move and reconfigure the Wenger rooms is a definite advantage," notes Kristin Thelander, collegiate fellow, 24 professor and director of Planning for the School of Music. "We're strongly considering incorporating the Wenger rooms in our new building. Students love them and the faculty are also very grateful to have them." Advanced Technology. No one questions why football players practice on the field. It's logical — the best place to practice is where they play. For musicians, practicing in a performance environment maximizes the value of the practice session. However, campus recital/concert areas are heavily scheduled, making individual music practice impractical. Virtual Acoustical Environments (VAE) technology from Wenger provides a solution. At the University of Iowa, approximately 70 percent of the Wenger practice rooms feature VAE technology that creates realistic acoustical simulations and features digital record/playback. Sarah Wildey, a graduate student in bassoon performance, really enjoys altering the acoustics with the VAE technology. "Most practice rooms have an incredibly deadening effect on the sound you hear, which leads to playing overly loud and COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / JANUARY 2013 having less stamina," explains Wildey. "The acoustic options enable a longer, more fulfi lling practice session." She also considers the acoustical settings a "huge benefit" when preparing for auditions. "I can adjust the acoustics from a very lively space to a very dead one and learn how to alter my dynamics and articulation." Leading Innovation. Since pioneering modular sound-isolation rooms in 1969, customer input has always driven Wenger innovation. The newest model, SoundLok Sound-Isolation Rooms, feature acoustic improvements — a new cam-type door hinge offers greater sound isolation as do ceiling panels that are 50 percent thicker. Aesthetically, Wenger offers four color options for wall and ceiling panels, two trim colors for doors and windows, and three wood-grain interior accent colors. The low-profile fluorescent light fixtures provide uniform, shadow-free illumination. New accessory options include a mountable drop-down shelf for laptop computers, full-length mirror, and mountable digital tuner/metronome. CPM WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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