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.

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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.