Recent studies have drawn attention to the poor acoustical conditions in many schools—primary, secondary and post-secondary institutions alike. Loud exterior distractions, such as car traffic, and interior noise—students in corridors and classrooms, loud HVAC and building services equipment, and so on—all contribute to this situation.

Noise problems in schools, unfortunately, are only intensified by the hard wall, ceiling and floor materials that are typically used in schools—echoing and high reverberation times can make it even harder to hear.

While using a sound masking system in a classroom isn’t appropriate (because students would have a harder time hearing their teacher), sound masking can be an effective treatment in areas that require noise control and speech privacy. Administrative and counseling offices, staff rooms, libraries, computer and health centers, research laboratories, student unions and residential halls—all of these could benefit from sound masking.



Learn More

To learn more, download our two-page introduction to “Sound Masking for Schools.”

Partial client list


  • Katherine Gibbs School
  • Lake Arrowhead School District
  • Fanshawe College
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus