This program prepares you to become band instrument repair technicians. You develop job-entry skills in all areas of band instrument repair and restoration. They become acquainted with the characteristics, physical properties, and problems involved with each musical instrument, as well as the basics of playing each instrument. Work is performed with tools special to the trade. You learn to safely operate a machine lathe, buffing and scratch brushing equipment, lacquering equipment, and special dent-removing equipment. Techniques in woodwind repair are also developed.

Many graduates of the Band Instrument Repair program become employed with retail music stores that service band instruments. Other opportunities for employment are band instrument manufacturers, independent instrument repair shops, and public school systems and colleges. The employment outlook remains strong, as there is a shortage of qualified band instrument repair technicians across the country.

The program is the longest continuously operated band instrument repair program in an American state school.

To register or if you have questions:

Fran DeJong
Admissions Representative
fran.dejong@witcc.edu
712.317.3345
Sioux City Campus, Admissions
Book an Appointment

Estimated Program Costs

In-state tuition and fees: $13,056.00 *
Out-of-state tuition and fees: $13,124.00 *
Educational fees: $97.00/semester
Tools: $1,500.00
Estimated books: $200.00/semester
Estimated transportation and personal expense: $2,273.00/semester
Estimated housing and meals: $3,825.00/semester

* This is an approximate cost based on tuition and fees set by the Board of Directors before each school year. Course level fees may also apply. Additional charges for licensure or credential testing may be a part of your program.

Required Classes for Band Instrument Repair | AAS

SDV 108 The College Experience 1
BIR 101 The BIR Industry 3
BIR 105 Repair Shop Safety 1
BIR 140 Woodwind Repair I 4
BIR 150 Brasswind Repair I 4
MUA 174 Wind Instrument Playing Techniques I 1
PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology 3
     
BIR 110 Instrument Case Repair 1
BIR 135 Small Parts Machining 3
BIR 141 Woodwind Repair II 4
BIR 151 Brasswind Repair II 4
MUA 175 Wind Instrument Playing Techniques II 1
COM 723 Workplace Communications 3
     
BIR 126 Woodwind Machine Operations 3
BIR 210 Percussion Instrument Repair 1
BIR 240 Woodwind Repair III 4
BIR 250 Brasswind Repair III 4
MUA 176 Wind Instrument Playing Techniques III 1
MUS 100 Music Appreciation 3
BUS 102 Introduction to Business 3
     
BIR 215 Shop Management Practices 3
BIR 225 Orchestral String Instrument Repair 2
BIR 241 Woodwind Repair IV 4
BIR 251 Brasswind Repair IV 4
MAT 772 Applied Math 3

Entrance Requirements

Submit your official high school/college transcripts to transcripts@witcc.edu.

Meet Your Faculty and Staff

Mark Schmedinghoff
Band Instrument Repair Technology Instructor
mark.schmedinghoff@witcc.edu
712.274.8733 Ext. 1306
Sioux City, Room A50L
Dr. Michael Rohlena
Assoc Dean of Instruction for Career & Technical Education
michael.rohlena@witcc.edu
712.274.8733 Ext. 3217
Sioux City Campus, Room B107

Advisory Board

Eric Haitz Omaha Public Schools
Bill Matthews NAPBIRT
Allison Scull Swicegood Music of LA
Whitney Turner Ray's MidBell Music
Joseph Butkevicius KHS America