The three-year, comprehensive Violin Making & Repair program at NBSS is one of the few full-time instrument making programs in the U.S. The curriculum provides a solid foundation to the art and science of stringed instrument making, and an introduction to restoration.

Violin Making & Repair is learned through hands-on work. The program follows the highest standards of the craft and teaches repair, restoration, and set-up of stringed instruments. Over the course of this three-year program, you’ll build six violins and a viola. Students, alumni, and faculty regularly receive international recognition for the craftsmanship and tonality of their instruments.

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  • Curriculum: Investigate what students learn over the course of the three-year program.
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  • Faculty: Meet our talented instructors, who are experts in their field.
  • Tuition: Check out tuition, costs, class hours, schedule, and program length.
  • Careers: Explore the variety of careers available to Violin Making & Repair graduates and the employment outlook.
  • Profiles: Read about our alumni, including how an education at NBSS opened doors for them.
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Violin Making & Repair News

The Gregg Violin Visits NBSS

Our Violin Making & Repair program had a very special guest in January: the Gregg violin, brought by The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA. Our students enjoyed an up-close look at this 18th-century Scottish fiddle with intricate hand-painted designs, which was played by the poet Robert Burns and his dancing master, William Gregg.

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Inside Instruments of the Masters

Experts agree that violin making reached its highest potential in 17th-century Cremona, Italy, with makers such as Andrea Amati, Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù, and Antonio Stradivari. Although modern luthiers still use traditional methods to examine those Italian-made instruments — measuring, tracing, following patterns, looking at photographs, and using moulds — computed tomography (CT scans) allows a detailed look inside without having to take it apart.

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Judged by the Best

The 2018 graduates of Violin Making & Repair (VM) were in fine form for their End of Program Exam, where their work was favorably evaluated by an esteemed panel of examiners. The examiners included Chris Reuning, a maker and internationally renowned expert in violin identification; Ben Ruth, recipient of the Hors Concours from the Violin Society of America; award-winning makers and VM guest lecturers Kevin Kelly VM '92, David Polstein VM '89, and Andrew Ryan; and special guest Samuel Zygmuntowicz, who is "among the most acclaimed makers in the world today."

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Colin Skofield

"Attention to detail and a hard work ethic were the greatest benefits of my NBSS education. The group dynamic in the violin workshop inspired me to work harder and dream larger than I had ever thought possible."

Colin Skofield VM '05

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