Date of Submission

Spring 5-5-2024

Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Architecture



Committee Chair/First Advisor

Marietta Monaghan


For anyone who has practiced an instrument, how often do you find yourself desperately searching for a place to play that doesn’t sound like you’re trapped in a tunnel or a cavern? Many musicians face this challenge, often resorting to the only open space available in their homes: their garages. Though a common choice, garages suffer from numerous acoustic shortcomings, including concrete walls that trap and scatter sound haphazardly, leading to poor sound isolation and excessive reverberation. Musicians struggle to hear themselves clearly, which often results in playing at excessive volumes that bleed beyond the confines of the garage, causing disturbances to other spaces. Previous approaches have failed to address the unique combination of acoustic obstacles that musicians encounter when practicing in garages, often offering piecemeal solutions or focusing primarily on the needs of professional musicians in purpose-built spaces. This thesis proposes a multi-use paneling system designed specifically to attenuate garages into better rehearsal spaces. The research analyzes the acoustics, construction, and design of professional studios, formal practice rooms, and informal garage practice spaces to provide valuable insights for musicians and creative enthusiasts alike. This study aims to not only re-imagine but to revitalize garages as hubs for creative expression.

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Architecture Commons