Chicago School of Violin Making

The program’s focus is on construction of instruments in the violin family. A minimum of seven instruments are built in the three years; of these, three must be violins and one must be a viola. The remaining three instruments are the student’s choice, with instructor approval. The building of a cello is optional. Previous playing experience, while helpful, is not required for admission. Each student compiles a construction notebook from notes taken during demonstrations and lectures. Using diagrams, drawings, and written notes, this notebook becomes the student’s bench manual in which revisions and additions will be made throughout the three years. The theory of sound production and violin design is incorporated into the construction learning process. Students are given opportunities through tours and visiting lecturers to see and hear violins made by old and modern masters

Chicago School of Violin Making

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