“Before BRM Projects helping us, we were in a very run-down property” says Penny Adeney, Director and teacher at The Music Cottage.
“The roof leaked, possums partied overhead and we were always calling the landlord about day-to-day things.
Then we found out the property had been sold and we didn’t know how long we could remain there.
We later found out it was going to be demolished.”
So where to next...
After careful consideration, The Music Cottage chose a new address close to their existing premises and client base: 1 Patterson Road, Bentleigh. While moving is always stressful, Penny says it also presented an opportunity: “It was a great motivation to be moving and changing and developing a space that was unique for us.”
Facing the music:
dealing with acoustics requirements
Teaching cello, flute, piano, viola, violin and voice to children aged between 3 and 18 years, acoustics in the new space was a key consideration.
Penny explains: “We wanted an acoustically beautiful space but we also needed the teaching rooms to be acoustically separated from each other.” This required extra sheeting on walls, careful selection of finishes and custom-fitted acoustic doors.
There was another layer of sound requirements, too. BRM Projects guided The Music Cottage through the council approval process, including compiling a report that looked at acoustic output and sound levels and ensuring council requirements were incorporated into the plan.
Other requirements for a new home of education:
Natural light was another priority for the new space along with versatility. The music centre offers one-on-one teaching, group classes and recitals, requiring a centre which could cater to this range of uses.
Other requirements for the new space included:
The new space: hitting all the right notes
While the Bentleigh address is The Music Cottage’s fourth home, it’s the first purpose-built space. And the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive.
“Everyone just walks around marvelling at the beautiful space and the light. We showed some families who have been with us for 12 or 13 years through first. The kids are all in their teens now. They were so excited, it’s beautiful seeing kids of that age get excited about a new space.”
And it’s not just the kids who are excited. Penny’s favourite area is the large sculptured room at the back which has an amphitheatre style layout, perfect for performance and group classes.
She’s also confident the new space will make her job even more satisfying. “It’s really so exciting to have the new space. We’re going to be able to provide more lessons and there’ll be more space within the teaching rooms so that will help improve quality of the lessons. Music is an aesthetic, creative thing and it’s inspiring to be teaching and learning it in a beautiful space."
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