Band Instrument Repair | AAS - Western Iowa Tech Community College
Western Iowa Tech Community College
Band Instrument Repair | AAS

Band Instrument Repair | AAS

Associate of Applied Science
Sioux City
Estimated Program Costs Required Classes

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.

Meet Your Advisor

Fran DeJong
Fran DeJong
Admissions Representative
Sioux City Campus, Admissions
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Career Options

Repair percussion, stringed, reed, or wind instruments. May specialize in one area, such as piano tuning.  View career outlook information.

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 3
MUA 175 Wind Instrument Playing Techniques II 1
COM 723 Workplace Communications 3
BIR 126 Woodwind Machine Operations 3
BIR 210 Percussion Instrument Repair 4
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 4
BIR 225 Orchestral String Instrument Repair 4
BIR 241 Woodwind Repair IV 4
BIR 251 Brasswind Repair IV 4
MAT 772 Applied Math 3

Meet Your Faculty and Staff

Mark Schmedinghoff
Band Instrument Repair Technology Instructor
Sioux City, Room A50L
Dr. Michael Rohlena
Dr. Michael Rohlena
Assoc Dean of Instruction for Career & Technical Education
Sioux City Campus, Room B107

Estimated Program Costs

In-state tuition and fees: $13,736.00 *
Out-of-state tuition and fees: $14,144.00 *
Educational fees: $97.00/semester
Tools (one time): $1,500.00
Estimated books: $600.00/semester **
Estimated transportation and personal expense: $2,273.00/semester
Estimated student housing and meals: $3,275.00/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.
** The cost of books varies per program.