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The Science Behind the Sound at Kleinhans Music Hall

Grades 7 & 8 

1 Class Period
 

Program Segments

  • A Legacy for the Future - optional (approximately 5 minutes)
  • A Modern, Visionary Design - optional (approximately 6 minutes)
  • Kleinhans for the Community (approximately 9 minutes)
Kleinhans' Gift to Buffalo

A Legacy for the Future

Edward and Mary wish to use their wealth to leave a gift for future generations.

The Science Behind the Sound at Kleinhans Music Hall
1 / 3 Videos
A Legacy for the Future
Kleinhans' Gift to Buffalo
A Legacy for the Future
A Modern, Visionary Design
Kleinhans' Gift to Buffalo
A Modern, Visionary Design
Kleinhans for the Community
Kleinhans' Gift to Buffalo
Kleinhans for the Community

Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Identify the architectural techniques and design elements of Kleinhans Music Hall
  • Understand how physical elements in the building’s construction enhance the acoustics of the hall
  • Understand the effect of design details in the hall on how sound is distributed and received by the listener
  • Recognize the aesthetic movement and architectural style of the hall’s designers

 

Instructional Resources

  • Kleinhans’ Gift to Buffalo
  • Paper
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Markers
  • Posterboard

 

walls designed to enhance acoustics in Kleinhans Music Hall
Eileen Elibol

Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Identify the architectural techniques and design elements of Kleinhans Music Hall
  • Understand how physical elements in the building’s construction enhance the acoustics of the hall
  • Understand the effect of design details in the hall on how sound is distributed and received by the listener
  • Recognize the aesthetic movement and architectural style of the hall’s designers

 

Instructional Resources

  • Kleinhans’ Gift to Buffalo
  • Paper
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Markers
  • Posterboard

 

Procedures

CLASS PERIOD 1

  1. Prior to viewing the video segments, the teacher will explain that Kleinhans’ Gift to Buffalo tells the story of Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, NY. The teacher will ask these Focus Questions:
    • What do you know about Kleinhans Music Hall?
    • What factors must be considered when designing a music performance space?
  2. Students will watch the video segments and take notes on the physical design elements in the hall’s construction that elevate its acoustics.
  3. After watching, the teacher will ask these Focus Questions:
    • How does the design of the building affect the listening experience?
    • What physical elements in the building’s construction enhance the acoustics of the hall?
    • How does the design of the hall resemble a stringed instrument? How does this design elevate the sound in the hall?
  4. Students will write a paragraph, or two, outlining the:
    • Physical design elements that enhance the acoustics of Kleinhans Music Hall
    • Architectural style of Kleinhans Music Hall and how it contributes to the concert experience from an audience and performer perspective

 

Assessment Task(s) 

  • Students will write one or two paragraphs about the physical design elements that enhance the acoustics of Kleinhans Music Hall, including how the overall architectural style contributes to the concert experience from both the audience and performer perspective.

 

Adaptations for Grades 9-12 

  • Students could illustrate their findings as a poster presentation using provided photos of Kleinhans Music Hall (https://kleinhansbuffalo.org/photo-gallery/) as examples of architectural design elements.
  • Students could also compare and contrast the architectural design of Kleinhans Music Hall to that of a stringed instrument through visual displays in poster format.

 

Extension Activities (optional) 

Using their knowledge of acoustic architecture, students can design and draw their own concert hall that enhances the listening experience. 

view of the main stage from the balcony of Kleinhans Music Hall
Eileen Elibol