School Overview
School Official: Brian T. Derber, Owner and Instructor
Program Length: 3 - 3 1/2 years contingent on completing requirements
Construction Requirements: Six instruments if a Cello is built, seven instruments if a Cello is not built.
Daily Hours: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Clock Hours per Semester: 520
Total Clock Hours for the Program: 3120 to 3640
Tuition: $2750 each semester.

The New World School of Violin Making hopes to instill in each student the knowledge and skill needed to become a violinmaker or repairperson.

The school is located in Presque Isle, Wisconsin. The school is accepted by the Educational Approval Board of Wisconsin.

The program's focus is on the construction of instruments in the violin family based on classical and master models and traditional hand tool techniques. Each student will receive personal attention and will work on a one-to-one or small group basis with the instructor. Students develop the fundamental knowledge and hand tool skill necessary to enter the field of violin making and repair as professionals. The graduate will be prepared for employment in an established shop where he or she can continue advanced training.

Students must know how to play the instrument in order to learn about problems of sound production in relation to construction. Students must be able to play at least simple classical literature. Three years is not enough time to adequately learn how to play the violin; however, the student must demonstrate adequate advancement each semester. Presently the school does not provide a music director. It is the student's responsibility to seek private music lessons.

Course Overview

The focus is on construction of violin family instruments. A minimum of six instruments are built in the 3-year minimum program.

  • Three violins
  • One viola
  • One cello OR two violin/viola (student choice).
  • One violin/viola/cello (student choice) during the graduation examination period.

Some minor and basic repair techniques are also taught as time allows.

Each student is repsonsible for compiling a construction notebook for the full term of the program. This will also be presented during the graduation examination period. A daily log book of work/goals accomplished must be maintained by each student.

Technical drawing is taught each semester. Students complete at least two technical drawings, one of which is executed during the final examination period, and becomes a part of a student's permanent record.

The theory of sound production and violin design is discussed throughout the program. Strong emphasis will be placed on varnish formulation and application. There will be some required reading regarding the history of classical makers, and artist's materials and techniques.

Semester Outline and Objectives

The instruction is individualized and mainly self-paced, but students will be expected to maintain the following semester schedules as closely as possible.

First Semester (520 clock hours)

Completion of one (1) violin body.
Demonstrate preparation and maintenance of hand tools.
Begin detailed construction notebook.
Maintain a daily log of work achieved.
Begin technical drawing.
Begin required reading of history of classical makers.
Begin or advance musical training - outside of school on private basis.

Second Semester (520 clock hours)

Completion of two (2) more violin bodies to reinforce lessons from the first semester.
Demonstrate ability to work towards higher standards of quality, speed, and with less supervision.
Maintain notebook and daily log.
Continue technical drawing.
Continue history reading.
Continue musical training.

Third Semester (520 clock hours)

Carve three (3) scrolls and set the necks on the three violin bodies.
Study, formulate, and apply a spirit-based varnish.
Maintain notebook and daily log.
Continue technical drawing.
Continue history reading.
Continue musical training.

Fourth Semester (520 clock hours)

Complete the varnishing of the first three (3) violins if not already completed.
Complete the set-up of three (3) violins.
Complete one (1) viola ready for varnishing (in-the-white).
Maintain and continue notebook, daily log, technical drawing, reading, and musical training.

Fifth Semester (520 clock hours)

Study, formulate, and apply a cooked oil/resin varnish.
Complete the varnishing and set-up of the viola.
Complete one (1) cello, or two (2) violins/violas, ready for varnishing (in-the-white) .
Maintain and continue notebook, daily log, technical drawing, reading, and musical training.

Sixth Semester, First 10 weeks (325 clock hours)

Complete previous instruments as neccessary. One (1) instrument will be kept in-the-white for the examination period.
Students must have completed all requirements before going on to the examination period.
If previous work has been completed prior to this semester, students may elect to concentrate on technical repairs.

Sixth Semester Examination Test, Final 6 weeks (195 clock hours)

Build one violin or viola in-the-white with complete set-up to demonstrate construction skills and abilities.
Draw one technical drawing of the same instrument.
Varnish and set-up a previously made instrument to demonstrate varnishing ability.
Complete a brief repair test.
Pass a written and oral theory test.
Demonstrate successful advancement of musical ability and perform on a violin family instrument at the graduation ceremony.

Students who fail the graduation exam may, at the instructor's discretion, enroll for another semester and complete such works as to be prepared to attempt another graduation exam. A student will receive a diploma certifying successful completion of the program upon completion of the exam and payment of all fees.

2008-2009 Calendar
August 25, 2008 Fall Semester Begins
August 29 - September 1, 2008      Labor Day Weekend, School Closed
November 4, 2008 Graduation Exam Begins
November 26-28, 2008 Thanksgiving Holiday, School Closed
December 19, 2008 End of Fall Semester
January 5, 2009 Winter Semester Begins
March 13, 2009 Graduation Exam Begins
March 16-20, 2009 Spring Break, School Closed
May 1, 2009 End of Winter Semester

Applicants are admitted for entrance in either the August or January semester. Applications will be accepted anytime prior to the semester desired. If a requested starting date is full, applicants can choose to start the program in the following semester.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and a high school graduate or equivalent. There is no maximum age limit. The school provides equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, race, creed, disability, sex, religion, sexual preference, or political preference.

Applicants are required to visit the school and interview with the instructor to fully understand the commitment.

No credit is given for previous violin making education except in rare cases and only upon approval of the instructor. A list of required tools for the first semester will be provided by the school upon enrollment.

Student Application Form.

Customer's Right To Cancel Form.

Fees & Tuition

There is no application fee. Tuition for one one semester is $2,750.00 which is payable in full on the first day of each semester or in no more than four (4) monthly installments of $687.50 each. Under the installment plan, tuition payments are to be made by the first day of each month. The tuition cost includes a $100.00 deposit paid prior to each semester by new and continuing students. In addition, a one-time registration fee of $75.00 is required of all students upon notification of acceptance to the school. Tuition is subject to change.

Refund Policy

The student will receive a full refund of all money paid if the student cancels within a three- business-day cancellation period.

A student who withdraws or is dismissed after attending at least one class, but before completing 60% of the instruction in the current enrollment period, is entitled to pro rata refund as follows:

At LeastBut Less ThanRefund of Tuition
1 unit/class10%90%
60%nono refund

The school will make every effort to refund prepaid amounts for books, supplies, and other charges. A student will receive the refund within 40 days of termination date. If a student withdraws after completing 60% of the instruction, the school may refund a pro rata amount if the withdrawl is due to mitigating circumstances beyound the student's control.

A written notice of withdrawl is not required. The school will make a "good faith" effort to make a refund, if necessary, by sending certified mail to student's and parent's permanent address.

Course Overview
Course Overview