Notes from Quiet Ann Arbor Meeting

We held a meeting on August 16, 2017. Thank you to those who came out! Here is a summary of our Quiet A2 action ideas!

Action Ideas
  • Compile a list of restaurants, bars, or shops with no piped music.
  • Compile a list of restaurants, bars, or shops that agree to turn off music when asked.
  • Employee rights: Interview employees on their thoughts on piped music at their work places.
  • Track decibel levels using phone apps at various public places.
  • Send thank you notes to quiet places.
Spread Our Message
  • Keep music special (Support for live music)
  • Help businesses understand customer and community concerns with piped music.
  • Promote benefits of quiet, emphasizing on how quietness can make conversations more engaging and valuable.

If you’d like to participant in any of these ways and/or add new ideas to the list, feel free to comment or email We’d love to hear from you so we can together create a quiet space for our community.

UK’s First National ‘Quiet Hour’

UK initiates a national ‘Quiet Hour’ in 13 shopping centers. Starting on October 2nd, shops will dim the lights and turn down music for an hour each day for a week. This initiative follows on from a survey showing that 64% of people with autism avoid going shopping due to loud pubic noise. This is a very important initiative as it spreads awareness of autism and encourages people to make the world more autism friendly. Here’s a link to this wonderful news!

A quiet night out? City pub and Chorlton café win award for their ban on playing ‘muzak’ to customers

Popular Edinburgh cafe, band member owner, plays no muzak! Here’s an article about his cafe. “Piped music is one of the great evils of our time, if you want to listen to music just put on some headphones,” says Adam Berlyne, music lover and band member. The cafe has been voted ‘best quiet cafe’ described by voters as ‘a wonderful place with no music, that no matter how crowded it is they can always squeeze you in’.

Adam Berlyne manager of the North Star Deli by Manchester Evening News

The New York Times: The Joy of Quiet

The author of this article reminds us that what gives us true joy is being absorbed in a moment, whether it’s reading a book, having a conversation, or listening to music. The Joy of Quiet is “that kind of happiness that doesn’t depend on what happens.” – Monk David Steindl-Rast.

Vivienne Flesher

Read the article HERE.

“A series of tests in recent years has shown, Mr. Carr points out, that after spending time in quiet rural settings, subjects “exhibit greater attentiveness, stronger memory and generally improved cognition. Their brains become both calmer and sharper.” More than that, empathy, as well as deep thought, depends (as neuroscientists like Antonio Damasio have found) on neural processes that are “inherently slow.” The very ones our high-speed lives have little time for.”

The Washington Post: Eating out may be bad for your ears

A restaurant in Washington. (Scott Suchman/For The Washington Post)

Gail Richard, a columnist for The Washington Post, educates us that the noise level in restaurants is a big health concern for everyone. “Consistently listening to noise levels above 70 decibels can cause hearing loss over time,” he writes. One way that he encourages us to take action is to spread information about noise levels at restaurants to others. The article also includes informative survey results: Read the article HERE.