Violin and Bow Making Schools
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Violin Making Schools in the United States
The Chicago School of Violin Making
3636 Oakton Street
Skokie, IL 60076
Tel. (847) 673-9545
The Chicago School of Violin Making Homepage
A full-time, 3 year program in violin making, repair, technical drawing, history and theory to an INTERNATIONAL student body. The school is under the direction of Master Violin Maker Tschu Ho Lee (Master's Certificate with German Government in 1968), Rebecca Elliott and Fredric S. Thomson (Co-Directors).
Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical
308 Pioneer Road
Red Wing MN 55066
877-853-8324 or 651-385-6300
Lisbeth Butler, Instructor
One year course in violin repair and maintenance starts in mid-August and ends in mid-May. The main course provids a good foundation in basic repair techniques and principles. Courses include Hand Tools, Power Tools, Ebony Work, Violin Varnish, Violin History, Bow Repairs, Bow Rehairing, Bridges and Soundposts, Violin Repair, and Introduction to Violin Playing. A violin construction component of the course is optional . This course runs outside the other classes and can be taken with them or separately, but students must take Hand and Power Tools concurrently or as a prerequisite.
New World School of Violin Making
6970 Red Lake Rd., HC1-119A
Presque Isle, WI 54557
3 - 3 1/2 year courses in construction of violin family instruments. Instruction is individualized and mainly self-paced.
North Bennet Street School
Violin Making and Restoration Program
39 North Bennet Street
Boston, MA 02113
Email for information about admissions: email@example.com
More information about the North Bennet Streetchool Violin Making Program
A 3 year, full time program
Violin Making School of America
308 East 200 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 847-6543 FAX
The Violin Making School of America Homepage.
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
A 3 - 4 year, full time program aimed to graduate students with a foundation of skills and knowledge on which to build their careers as makers, restorers, and dealers of violin family instruments.
Violin and Bow Making Courses in Canada
Ecole Nationale de Lutherie
299, 3e avenue
Québec, PQ, G1L 2V7 Canada
tél.: (418) 647-0567
3-year courses in violin family making and maintenance.
Violin and Bow Making Courses in Mexico
Escuela de Laudería / National Institute of Fine Arts and Literature (INBAL)
Hidalgo #20, Centro Histórico, C.P. 76000
Querétaro, Qro., México
Tel.: (+52) 442 212 2299, (+52) 442 224 0121
The "Escuela de Laudería" (Violin Making School) offers a 10 semester course in making violin family instruments. The curriculum includes: construction workshop, restoration workshop, varnishing, technical drawing, history of musical instruments, photography, acoustics (physics), wood technology, instrument playing, instruments ensembles, etc.
Violin Making Schools in Italy
(A. Stradivari Violin Making International School)
C.so Garibaldi, 178 · 26100
tel. 0372 · 38689
The Violin Making International School of Cremona was founded in order to create a center of high professional qualification in the stringed instrument field, respecting the classical tradition of Cremona. There are two programs at the school: the three-year course of violin making and the two-year course of violin making. In addition, the school provides opportunities to work along side professional violin makers in their workshops.
Civica Scuola di Liuteria
Via Noto N 4
MILAN, 20141. ITALY
+39 (0)2 5740 9945
A 4 year course in instrument making. Bowed or plucked strings
Direzione - Maestro Renato Scrollavezza
Borgo S. Giuseppe, 13
Parma 43100, Italy
(39) 05 21 38 62 78
A three years course in violin making and varnish, mostly practical, with some theoretical lessons in technology of the wood, design and acoustics physics. Optional two years of specialization.
Violin Schools in England
Sir John Cass Faculty of Arts
41-71 Commercial Road
London E1 1LA, England
(44) 171 320 1827
(44) 171 320 1830 (FAX)
Information about Music Technology at London Guildhall University
The courses are aimed at individuals with little or no prior experience, who have a desire to build their own musical instrument, or others who may already have a grounding in violin making and wish to develop their knowledge and skills further.
Peter Smith, Violin Course Leader
Jill Hyde, Programme Manager - Musical Instrument Crafts Newark College
Newark, Nottinghamshire NG24 1PB, England
+ 44 (0)1636 680680
+ 44 (0)1636 680681(FAX)
The Newark School of Violin Making Homepage
A three-year course in violin making and repair; also, a one-year basic course in violin making. Based at Newark College (part of Lincoln College).
Chapel Violins School
John Gosling and Narelle Freeman - directors
The Old Chapel
Chapel Violins School of Violin Making Website
Phone: +44 (0)1636 650788
Providing a range of courses in violin making and restoration including intensive 6 month courses in Advanced Restoration Techniques and the Certificate in Violin Making.
Chichester, West Sussex
PO18 0QZ UK
T +44 (0) 1243 811301
F +44 (0) 1243 811343
E-mail: Roger.email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Apprenticeship program in the making of early stringed instruments at West Dean College Homepage
The course places emphasis on making violas da gamba but students may opt to make instruments of the violin family.
London Road, Morden, Surrey SM45QX
Tel: 020 8408 6400
Fax: 020 8408 6666
Advice Centre: 020 8408 6500
Musical Instrument Technology Website
Musical Instrument Technology, Violin Making and Repair. Three years full time (part time available), accepting students of all ages and backgrounds.
Cambridge Violin Makers Workshop
70A Hartington Grove
United Kingdom CB1 7UB
Fax: 44 (0)1223 561736
Cambridge Violin Makers Workshop Website
The Violin Workshop, based in Cambridge UK and run by The Cambridge Violin Makers, offers one week summer courses in Violin Making and Bow Making for students of all ages and professions. Evening and daytime classes in violin making have been run by The C.V.M for over forty years. In 1990, Bow Making was added as an option for both evening classes and summer courses.
Violin Schools in Germany
ADAM FRIEDRICH ZUERNER
Berufs- und Berufsfachschule
phone: 0049-(0) 37467 - 23213
telefax: 0049 - (0) 37467 - 2631
Manager of the secretariat: Mrs. Glass
A 3 year course of education of violin makers, bow makers and other instruments. Admission of 5 students for each trade, each year. Classes start in fall (August /September).
Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau
University of Applied Sciences
Adorfer Strasse 38
D-08258 Markneukirchen, Germany
Tel.: 037422 / 2094
Fax: 037422 / 47558
Musikinstrumentenbau Markneukirchen Website
The course of study "Musical Instrument Construction" is accepting students in the departments of String Instrument Construction, Plucked Instruments Construction and Bow Construction. The goal of this study is for the student to acquire the theoretical and practical knowledge and ability to enable him or her to design and construct high-quality, artistically shaped musical instruments. Prerequisite for a successful application to this program is above all practical experience and pre-knowledge of musical instrument construction.
State School for Violin Making and Plucked Instruments
Partenkirchner Straße 24
D-82481 Mittenwald Germany
Tel. 001 49 8823 1353
Tel. 001 49 8823 1353
Musikinstrumentenbau Mittenwald website
Other Schools Around the World
"Gauthier Louppe - Marche-en-Famenne"
83 rue Remparts des Jésuites
Tel : 0032 (0)84 44 59 50
Email : email@example.com
Ecole Internationale de Lutherie website
Elno Salmelaisen Katu 20
39500 IKAALINEN, Finland
2 - 4 year courses in string instrument making. 24 student to 2 teachers. School founded in 1984. Entrance by examination. Also short summer courses.
Lycee Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
5 Avenue Graillet
88500 MIRECOURT CEDEX , France
+33 3 29 37 06 33
A 2 - 3 year course in instrument making and repair.
(The Musical Instrument Academy)
Arnfred Marthinsen, Principal/Restorer/Instrument Maker
Oscar Pedersensv. 16
Tel:+ 47 69 14 83 50
FAX: + 47 69 14 83 55
Musikk Instrument Akademiet Website
Tel 00(44) 141 3576077
Fax 00 (44) 141 3576557
String Repair and Construction Webpage
One year National Certificate and one year Higher National Certificate in violin/guitar repair and construction.
The Swiss School of Violin Making
phone 033 951 18 61
fax 033 951 04 93
GEIGENBAUSCHULE BRIENZ website
The swiss school of violin making in Brienz (Geigenbauschule Brienz) is the only school in Switzerland specialising in violin making.
The four-year course of study allows students sufficient time to learn the skills that will enable them to develop individually as craftsmen and later on as professional violin makers.
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