Study repair and maintenance of violin family instruments — violin, viola, cello and bass — as well as bow repair and rehairing.
In the Violin Repair program at Minnesota State College Southeast in Red Wing, students learn about tools, wood, trees, basic principles of repair, and common repair and maintenance techniques.
The Violin Repair program at MSCS is unique in that it is structured for an entire academic year. Shorter workshops, some as brief as a week, offer an overview of the repair process. Three and four- year programs teach violin construction but do not provide the same degree of in-depth focus on repairing instruments and bows.
- Fine motor skills, patience and the ability to focus on the work at hand are essential.
- No previous experience with woodworking is required as violin repair is very different from other woodworking crafts.
The aim of the program is for students to be prepared to work in the best violin shops in the world and to continue the lifelong process of learning the art.
In recent years,our students have achieved 100% job placement: those who earn the Violin Repair Diploma and are seeking employment have consistently found work in the field.
In the News
Listen to this 2009 story, view pictures, and read the companion article on the MPR News website.
In the News
Learn more about the musical instrument repair programs on our Red Wing campus at RedWingMusicRepair.org.