Minor in Instrument Repair

Department

The courses outlined as part of the instrument repair minor are designed to provide those enrolled a better understanding of the mechanics, assembly, disassembly, repair, and appropriate maintenance of musical instruments.

Students are exposed to and learn how to diagnose instrumental problems, estimate the time required to complete a standard repair, provide an estimate of the cost of the repair, and estimate the cost of associated instrument maintenance.

The overarching goals of the courses are to introduce the learners to the growing field of instrument repair and the essential tools needed to establish themselves as independent contractors. The instrument repair minor is open to all students enrolled at the college. Completion of the minor will be designated on the student's official transcript at the time of degree completion.

Entrance Requirements

There are no prerequisites to declare this minor. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of a minor in instrumental repair, students will:

  • identify and assess repairs needed for brass, woodwind, string, and keyboard instruments;
  • develop maintenance plans for brass, woodwind, string, and keyboard instruments;
  • determine cost estimates for materials and repairs;
  • tune keyboard instruments; and
  • create a business plan for acting as an independent repair contractor.
Curriculum and Courses

Required courses (take all; 8 credits)

  • ME-387 Fundamentals of Woodwind and Brass Repairs (2 credits)
  • ME-388 Instrument Repair: Rebuilding Instruments (2 credits)
  • ME-389 Instrument Repair: Specialized (2 credits)
  • PM-340 The Artist Entrepreneur (2 credits)

Elective Courses (choose two courses; at least four credits)

  • LSOC-225 Principles of Economics (3 credits)
  • MB-131 Taxation in the Music Business (2 credits)
  • MB-201 Principles of Business Management (2 credits)
  • MB-211 Legal Aspects of the Music Industry (2 credits)
  • PM-310 Financial Management for Musicians (2 credits)
  • MTEC-308 Applications of Loudspeaker Design (2 credits)
  • LMSC-208 Music Acoustics (3 credits)

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