Occupational Health Considerations for Teachers in Music Classrooms


  • Stephanie Seebach Novus Environmental Inc.
  • Darron Chin-Quee Novus Environmental Inc.


Music classrooms require a balance between instructional uses requiring speech and musical uses, which often have divergent acoustical objectives in terms of reverberation and shape.  A further complication in designing these spaces considers the occupational health and safety issues for music teachers who are exposed to intrinsically high levels of sound for up to 6 hours a day.  This paper examines the noise environment and sound exposure of music teachers relative to Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.  The effectiveness of various strategies for reducing the sound exposure of music teachers including the use of architectural controls and hearing protection are discussed.  Case studies involving a few music classrooms are provided to illustrate some of the common issues encountered.



How to Cite

Seebach S, Chin-Quee D. Occupational Health Considerations for Teachers in Music Classrooms. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 2017 Aug. 25 [cited 2022 Aug. 8];45(3). Available from: https://jcaa.caa-aca.ca/index.php/jcaa/article/view/3113



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