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.