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As far as I know, this is the most comprehensive and up-to-date Luthier school listing on the internet.  Please help me keep it this way, by e-mailing me with any updates or additions.

United States:

American School of Lutherie, Charles Fox

2745 SW Scenic Drive
Portland, Oregon  97225
Phone:  (503) 292-2307
Classroom and hands-on professional training for luthiers of all levels.

Augusta Heritage Center
Davis & Elkins College, Elkins, WV 26241
800-624-3157 x1209; 304-637-1209
Summer, intensive week-long classes in fiddle and bow repair, mountain dulcimer construction, instrument repair

Beyond the Trees, Fred Carlson
2026 Back Ranch Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Guitar design, experimental instruments; private consultation, workshops, possible apprenticeship

Borman Violins, Terry Michael Borman
1221 E. Rodgers Dr.
Fayetteville, AR, 72701
6-day intensives in violin setup, varnish, violin making. Prior experience required.

The Bow Making School of America

  • 308 East 200 South
  • Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
  • Tel: (801) 364-3651 or (800) 801-3651
  • Fax: (801) 364-3652
  • Peter Paul Prier, Director
  • Benoit Rolland, Co-Director, Instructor
  • Paul S. Prier, Assistant Instructor
  • E-mail:

A 2 year, full-time course including French bow and frog making, wood selection, theory of making, violin, viola, or cello playing, and bow and instrument history.

Brian Burns Lessons in Lutherie
18000 George’s Lane
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Individual, hands-on instruction in classical and flamenco guitar making

Alan Carruth
51 Camel Hump Rd., Newport, NH 03773
Ongoing monthly weekend sessions; guitars, violin family, folk instrument construction; individualized

The Cascade School of Lutherie, James Condino
Portland, Oregon
Individual instruction and short courses in mandolin, flattop guitar, archtop guitar, and double bass construction.

The Chicago School of Violin Making

  • 3636 W. Oakton
  • Skokie, IL 60076
  • Director, Tschu Ho Lee
  • Tel. (847) 673-9545
  • Fax. (847)673-9546
  • E-mail:

A full-time, 3 1/2 year program (7 semesters), in violin making, repair, technical drawing, history and theory to an INTERNATIONAL student body.  The school is under the direction of Master Violin Maker Tschu Ho Lee.  Master’s Certificate with German Government in 1968.

Eugene Clark
415 S. 118th St., Tacoma, WA 98444
Day sessions, private tutoring guitar making, French polishing

Colorado School of Lutherie, Edward Victor Dick
Arvada, Colorado
3hr./wk. for 22 weeks guitar construction

William Cumpiano
8 Easthampton Rd., Easthampton, MA 01027
413-585-1596 (AM); 413-586-3730 (PM)
2-week sessions 4- or 5x/yr., individual, one-on-one tutorials in guitar construction; on-line updates to his book, comprehensive website information

The Curbow School of Lutherie
P.O. Box 309
Morganton, GA 30560
706-374-2873; fax 706-374-4247

Jeffrey Elliott and Cyndy Burton
2812 SE 37th Ave., Portland, OR 97202
Private consultation guitar making, French polishing

European Lutherie School, Sasha Radicic
5216 Chippewa, St. Louis, MO 63109
Hourly, weekly, monthly, to 1-year classes available; guitar construction and repair; French polishing

Everett Guitars
1903 Sandlewood Lane, Chamblee, GA 30341
1- and 2-day weekend intensives, steel string guitar making

Finocchio Guitars, Frank Finocchio
20 S. Maple St., Easton, PA 18042
1-week intensives, 4x/yr. in classical, flattop, or archtop guitar, occasional repair class

Bryan Galloup’s School of Guitar Building and Repair
10840 Northland Dr., Big Rapids, MI 49307
231-796-5611; 800-278-0089; fax 231-796-3837
2- and 6-month courses in acoustic and electric guitar repair and construction

Gitana Stringed Instruments and Luthier’s Workshop, Thomas Knatt
83 Riverside Ave., Concord, MA 01742
978- 287-0464 or 877-588-4437 (toll free)
1x/wk. guitar construction; 1-month apprenticeships;
9-day summer sessions; monthly 2-day weekend seminars

Paul Hart Violins
36 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, UT 84647
3�4 year, violin family construction

Hill Guitar Company, Kenny Hill
5905 Hwy. 9, Felton, CA 95018
800-262-8858; fax 831-335-3602
10-day intensives, 2 or 3x/year, hands-on classical guitar building; all levels

Anthony J. Huvard
P.O. Box 130, Sandston, VA 23150
fax 804-737-2312;
1- and 2-year private apprenticeships; on-line apprenticeship; on-site consulting (your location)

The Violin Shop and Indiana University

  • Contact Person: Tom Sparks, Director
  • Indiana University School of Music
  • Bloomington, IN, 47405
  • 812.855.7565
  • FAX: (812) 855-4936

The degree program includes several hours a day in the violin shop.  The instruction is a combination of group lectures and individual teaching by Professor Tom Sparks and his assistant.  In addition to this time in the shop, degree candidates study the history of violinmaking, music theory and history, and instrumental performance.  These courses are coupled with the liberal arts requirements of the University.

Degree candidates must fulfill the basic academic requirements for matriculation at Indiana University.

Drew Johnston
P.O. Box 6297, Kennewick, WA 99336
14-hour-home-study video guitar-building course

Leeds Guitarmakers� School, Ivon Schmukler
8 Easthampton Rd., Northhampton, MA 01060
1-day to 16-week classes; one-on-one tutorials in flattop, archtop, and classical construction, repair, finishing

Luthiers International Guitar Repair and Building School
John Marshall
2357 Stene Dr., Lilburn, GA 30047
2-, 4-, and 8-week courses in repair; also electric guitar construction

Luthiers School International, Harry Fleishman
1533 Welter Ct.
Sebastopol, CA 95472
2-week, weekend, and 1�2 day seminars: small group hands-on guitar building; also inlay, electronics, and repair

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

  • MCLA 375 Church Street
  • North Adams, MA 01247
  • (413) 662-5000
  • Hans J. Nebel

Midwest Guitar Repair and Building School
Mike Boggeman
731 Dale Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119
1-month to 1-year guitar construction; apprenticeships in guitar construction and repair; individual instruction

Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical (formerly Red Wing Technical College)

One year course in violin repair and maintenance starts in mid-August and ends in mid-May.  The main course provides a good foundation in basic repair techniques and principles.  Courses include Hand Tools, Power Tools, Ebony Work, Violin Varnish, Violin History, Bow Repairs, Bow Re-hairing, Bridges and Soundposts, Violin Repair, and Introduction to Violin Playing.  A violin construction component of the course is optional.  This course runs outside the other classes and can be taken with them or separately, but students must take Hand and Power Tools concurrently or as a prerequisite.

9-month guitar building and repair; 9-month violin repair; 2-month mandolin, violin, or archtop guitar building

Mt. Hood Community College Continuing Education Program
Dan Biasca
26000 SE Stark St., Gresham, OR 97030
Ongoing, 1 night/wk for acoustic guitar construction (class location is in Portland, OR)

National String Workshop, String Repair Clinic
University of Wisconsin at Madison
720 Lowell Center, 610 Langdon St.
Madison, WI 53703
608-265-5629; 608-263-6670; fax 608-262-1694
7-day sessions, summer, violin family and bow repair

The New World School of Violin Making

  • 6970 Red Lake Rd., HC1-119A
  • Presque Isle, WI 54557
  • Phone: 715-686-7732

A 3 – 3 1/2 year courses in construction of violin family instruments.  Instruction is individualized and mainly self-paced.

North Bennet Street School

A 3 year, full time program

Northampton Community College
Martin Guitar Design Workshop
Bethlehem, PA
610-861-5428 or 877-543-0998; fax 610-861-5551
5-day summer guitar-design workshop with Martin staff and archtop maker, Dale Unger

Oberlin Stringed Instrument Restoration Workshop

Orange Coast College
2701 Fairview Rd., P.O. Box 5005, Costa Mesa, CA 92628
4 semesters 1x/week, nylon or flattop guitar making

Oregon State University, OSU/MU Craft Center
John Bigelow
10 Memorial Union East, Corvallis, OR 97331
3-month 1x/week guitar construction

Planet Bluegrass
500 W. Main, Lyons, CO 80540
800-624-2422; fax 303-823-0849
4-day A-style mandolin building with M. Hornick


Joseph Regh
36 Sherwood Heights, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
ph/fax 845-297-2521;
2-week bow-making course by individual arrangement

Ribbecke Guitars
P.O. Box 2215, Healdsburg, CA 95448
ph/fax 707-433-3778;
7-day intensive course, archtop guitar construction and limited private instruction

Roberto Venn School of Luthiery
4011 S. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ 85040
602-243-1179; fax 602-304-1175
5 months, guitar making and repair

Ervin Somogyi
516 52nd St., Oakland, CA 94609; ph/fax 510-534-4445
Individual consultation on guitar construction and repair and 1x/yr. intermediate-level hands-on guitar making class

Uku’le’le school, HA NA LIMA ‘IA
718 Puuhale Rd., Honolulu, HI 96819
ph/fax 808-847-1541;
1x/wk for 10 weeks, uke building

Vermont Instruments, George Morris
P.O. Box 115, Post Mills, VT 05058
2-week, 4x/yr., beginning, intermediate, and advanced guitar making

Vermont School of Violin Making
385 Hinman Road
Glover, Vermont 05839

University of New Hampshire Continuing Education

  • Violin Craftsmanship Institute
  • 24 Rosemary Lane
  • Durham, New Hampshire, 03824
  • TEL: 603-862-4234.
  • Fax: (603) 862-1495.
  • E-mail:

1-week sessions (summer) on violin- and bow-making and repair led by internationally renowned craftsmen Workshops in violin repair, violin building, bow repair, and bow making, with world renowned expert faculty members.

The Violin Making School of America

Violin Making School of America
304 E. 200 S.
Salt Lake City, Utah  84111
Fax 801-647-6543

A very descriptive page of the School and other violin related information.  A 3 – 4 year, full time program.

White River Artisans School
2519 Denton Ferry Rd., Cotter, AR 72626
870-430-5437; fax 870-430-5912
1-week classes in bow making and bow repair

Bob Zatzman Guitar Repair
8024 Germantown Ave. (rear), Philadelphia, PA 19118
Apprenticeships by private arrangement


Renaissance Music
PO Box 203, Welland, 5007

Contact: Dante Roccisano
Phone: 01767 601 404

Course contents:   Instrument making
Course length:        1 Year

Violin World Instrument Making Class

172 Auburn Rd,
Hawthorn, Vic, 3122

Toll-Free Line (Australia Wide): 1800 034 484
Fax: +61 3 9818-8177



Dagopleiding Viool- en Gitaarbouw van de Provincie Antwerpen

  • ILSA – International Lutherie School Antwerp
  • Provinciale Technische Scholen
  • Afdeling Muziekinstrumentenbouw
  • Beukenlaan 44/1
  • 2850 Boom
  • tel 00 32(0)3 880 82 00
  • e-mail:

A 3 year course, full-time education, for making stringed and plugged instruments with theoretical lessons such as: technical drawings, acoustics, history, technology of all subjects related to instrument making.


Burghardt Luthiery, G�za Burghardt
Granville Island Studio
1645 Duranleau St., Vancouver, BC, V6H 3S3 Canada
ph/fax 604-683-1135
Individual instruction, occasional apprentice; guitars, violin family; repair and construction

Ecole Nationale de Lutherie

Three-year courses in violin family making and maintenance.

Fretworks, Miles Jones
4027 4th St. SE, Calgary, AB, T2G 2W4 Canada
403-243-5839; 888-fretworks
Short- and long-term comprehensive guitar repair and construction; specialty hand tool, jig, and fixture building

Daniel Stickel
1321 Railspur Alley, Granville Island
Vancouver, B.C., V6H 4G9 Canada
Individual one-on-one instruction in flamenco, steel string, and classical guitar making

George Rizsanyi, Rizsanyi Guitars
R.R. 2, New Germany, 3330 Hwy. 10
Pinehurst, NS, B0R 1E0 Canada
Acoustic guitar construction, one day to one year length classes

Summit School of Guitar Building and Repairs
Sigmund Johannessen/Mike Jarvis
240 Goodyear Rd., Qualicum, BC, V9K 2A3 Canada
250-757-8807; 888-901-9903 (toll free)
1-day to 1-year courses, 1 or 2 students

Timeless Instruments’ School of Luthiery, David Freeman
Box 51, Tugaske, SK, S0H 4B0 Canada
888-884-2753 (toll free);
7-week, 4x/yr. hands-on, acoustic and resophonic guitar, and harp design and construction; housing included

Serg� Guitars, Serg� Michaud
50 Ave. Boutin sud, Breakeyville, PQ, G0S 1E3 Canada
7-week, acoustic, classic, archtop guitar building seminars; individual instruction

Victoria Conservatory of Music Bow Making Summer Course

A three-week intensive summer course in  July of each year on basic bow making, re-hair, repair and restoration.

David Webber, Webber Guitars
1385 A Crown Street
North Vancouver, BC, V7J 1G4 Canada
ph/fax 604-980-0315;
Employer of guitar builders and apprentices

Wells Forest Academy
P.O. Box 95, Wells, BC, V0K 2R0 Canada
Summer short courses in various stringed instruments


Central Conservatory of Music
43 Bao Jia Street, 100031 Beijing China

Phone: 0086 10653 531 x429
Contact: Zheng Quan

Course length: 2-4 Years

Shanghai Conservatory of Music
20 Fen Yang Road
200031 Shanghai


Anniesland College
Hatfield Drive,
Glasgow, G12OYE,

Phone: (44) 0141 3573969
Fax: (44) 0141 3576557

Contact: Paul Hyland

Entry requirements:    Qualification
Course contents:        Instrument making
Course length:             2 Years

Cambridge Violin Makers Workshop

  • Cambridge Violin Makers
  • 70A Hartington Grove
  • Cambridge
  • United Kingdom CB1 7UB
  • Fax: 44 (0)1223 561736
  • Email:

The Violin Workshop, based in Cambridge UK and run by The Cambridge Violin Makers, offers one week summer courses in Violin Making and Bow Making for students of all ages and professions.  Evening and daytime classes in violin making have been run by The C.V.M for over forty years.  In 1990, Bow Making was added as an option for both evening classes and summer courses.

Derek Roberts Warwickshire College

Our workshop in Leamington Spa, UK
185 Leam Terrace
Leamington Spa
Warwickshire CV31 1DW
Tel and fax +44 (0)1926 428313Email

Derek Roberts teaches evening classes in violin making at Warwickshire College. The classes are designed for anyone who wishes to make a violin, viola or cello under the guidance of a professional violin maker.

Derek also teaches 3, 4 and 5 day courses in his own workshop in Leamington Spa.

Leeds College of Music
3 Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7PD UK
44-1132-223-400; fax 44-1132-243-8798

Phone: (44) 0113 2223400
Fax: (44) 0113 2438798
Contact: Ted Lee

Entry requirements: previous experience and qualifications
Course contents:      Instrument maintenance and making
Course length:           2 Years

2 years on violin family and guitar making and repair


London Guildhall University

  • Sir John Cass Faculty of Arts
  • 41-71 Commercial Road
  • London E1 1LA, England
  • (44) 171 320 1827
  • (44) 171 320 1830 (FAX)

Entrance by interview.  Two years full-time courses (some adult returning students may not need to attend full-time) in musical instrument technology, leading to a degree or diploma.

London Metropolitan University (formerly Guildhall)
Sir John Cass Department of Art & Design
41�71 Commercial Rd., London, E1 1LA UK
44-20-7320-1844; fax 44-20-7320-1830
2�3 years violin family, guitars, early strings, early keyboard, making and repair

Manchester College of Arts and Technology
Ashley Lane, Moston, Manchester, M9 4WU UK
44-161-953-5995 ext. 4240
2- or 3-year part-time courses on steel string and classical guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, mandola, cittern, others

Merton College Musical Instrument Workshop

Musical Instrument Technology, Violin Making and Repair.  Three years full time (part time available), accepting students of all ages and backgrounds.

Newark and Sherwood College

  • Newark School of Violin Making & classical guitar making
  • Kerry Boylan, Violin Programme Manager
  • Malcolm Hunt, College Manager Technology & Craft
  • Newark and Sherwood College
  • Friary Road
  • Newark, Nottinghamshire NG24 1TB, England
  • + 44 (0)1636 680680
  • + 44 (0)1636 680681(FAX)
  • E-mail:
    3 years violin family making and repair; 2 years classic guitar making

A three-year course in violin making and repair; also, a one-year basic course in violin making.

Sir John Cass Department of Design and Technology
41-71 Commercial Road
London, E1 1 LA

Phone: (44) 020 7320 1842
Fax: (44) 020 7320 1830
Contact: James Mackey

Entry requirements: Qualification
Course contents:       contact J. Mackey
Course length:            2-6 Years

Gary Southwell, Southwell Guitars
10 Chaucer Ct. Workshops
Chaucer St., Nottingham, NG1 5LP UK
1-week summer, classical guitar making

Totnes School of Guitar making
Collins Rd., Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5PJ UK
44-1803-865-255; fax 44-1803-864-649
12-week courses 3x/yr., all guitars and related instruments

David Van Edwards
6 Whitwell Rd.
Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4HB England
Weekly, summer school, cd-rom; various early stringed instruments including
lutes, viols, guitars

West Dean Musical Instrument Workshop

West Dean has courses in viol and lute making on a three year apprenticeship scheme, as well as short courses on instrument making.


Ikaalinen Handicraft and Industrial Arts Institute

  • Elno Salmelaisen Katu 20
  • 39500 IKAALINEN,  Finland
  • Tel: +358-33-4501-346
  • Fax: +358-33-4501-330

A 2-4 year courses in string instrument making.  24 student to 2 teachers.  School founded in 1984.  Entrance by examination.  Also short summer courses.



A 2 – 3  year course in instrument making and repair.



A 3 1/2 year course of education of violin makers, bow makers and other instruments.  Admission of 5 students for each trade, each year.  Classes start in fall (August /September).


University of Applied Sciences
Studiengang Musikinstrumentenbau Markneukirchen

D-08258 Markneukirchen
Adorfer Strasse 38

Tel.: (49) 037422 / 2094
(49) 037422 / 47558

The course of study “Musical Instrument Construction” is accepting students in the departments of String Instrument Construction, Plucked Instruments Construction and Bow Construction. The goal of this study is for the student to acquire the theoretical and practical knowledge and ability to enable him or her to design and construct high-quality, artistically shaped musical instruments. Prerequisite for a successful application to this program is above all practical experience and pre-knowledge of musical instrument construction.

Course length:           4 Years




Chris Horton
Goa, India
+91-9823565117; +91-832-2497370
15-20 day classes in classical and steel string guitar construction

Ireland: (Republic of)

Corbett O’Neill Violin Making School

Instrument Making Department
Municipal School of Music
City of Limerick V.E.C.
Mulgrave Street
Limerick City

Phone: 00353 61 417348
Fax: 00353 61 417011
Contact: Brian Corbett and Gerard O’Neill

Entry requirements:   Adult, with woodwork experience
Course contests:        Instrument making
Course length:            2 Years

Irish School of Lutherie
38a Dominick Street, Galway

Phone/Fax: 00353 91 566948
Contact: Paul Doyle

Entry requirements: Woodwork experience
Course contents:      Instrument maintenance and making
Course length:          4 – 12 weeks




  • +39 (372) 27129 (Palazzo dell’Arte, head office)
  • +39 (372) 38689 (Palazzo Raimondi, office of Course of Violinmaking)
  • +39 (372) 457297 (Headmaster Francesco Torrisi, Doctor of Engineering)


  • +39 (372) 27129 (Palazzo dell’Arte)
  • +39 (372) 38689 (Palazzo Raimondi)


I.P.I.A.L.L. is the only state school in Italy for Violin-making, and its courses last five years; at the end of the first three years the ‘Violin craftsman’ Certificate is issued and, after two more years, the Final ‘Violin-maker’ diploma is obtained.

Civica Scuola Di Liuteria

A 4 year course in instrument making.  Bowed or plucked strings .  Courses at Milan’s Civica Scuola di Liuteria are subdivided into professional and refresher courses, refresher workshops and non-professional courses for beginners and non-professionals. Every year, nearly 70 students, both Italian and foreign, attend the school.

Fabio Ragghianti
via Fornace,10
55045 Pietrasanta, Italy
39-0584-796050; 39-3337-493252
Weekend minicourses on fretting, neck carving , bracing, French polishing, and so on in lovely Tuscany, Italy


A three year course in violinmaking and varnish, mostly practical, with some theoretical lessons in technology of the wood, design and acoustics physics.   Optional two years of specialization.


Tokyo School of Violin Making
4-6-13 Higashi-Gotanda,
Shinagawa-ku, Tokio, 150

Contact: Mr. Soroku Murata, President

Course contents: Violin and bow maintenance
Course length:      4 Years


Seoul School  of Violin Making
108105 Plazza, 620 Naeson 1
Kyumggi, Seol

Phone: 0082 343 256095
Fax: 0082 343 257112
Contact: Won Soon Park, President


Musikk Instrument Akademiet (The Musical Instrument Academy)

  • Arnfred Marthinsen, Principal/Restorer/Instrument Maker
  • Oscar Pedersensv. 16
  • 1706 Sarpsborg
  • Tel:+ 47 69 14 83 50
  • FAX: + 47 69 14 83 55
  • E-mail:


Escuela de Atesaneos della Robbia
41120 Gelves (Sevilles)

Phone: 0034 55 760536
Fax: 0034 55 760632
Contact: Jose Angel Chacon, Headmaster

Course length: 3 Years

Romanillos Guitar Making, Jos� and Liam Romanillos
Siguenza, Spain; 44-1747-822-906
2- wk. August, Spanish guitar construction


Hantverk och Utbildning
Box 147
SE-793 23 Leksand

Phone: 0046 247 15040
Fax:  0046 247 13320

Course contents:  Professional guidance under a Master Violin Maker and
also several internationally famous Violin Makers and Bow
Bow Makers as guest teachers.

Course length:       3 Years

Michael Sanden
Otto Salomons vag 16, 448 92 Floda, Sweden
46-302 303 71 fax 46-302 303 71

15-days; make steel string or classical guitar


Geigenbauschule Brienz
Swiss School of Violin Making
Oberdorfstr. 94
CH-3855 Brienz

Phone: 0041 33 9511861
Fax: 0041 33 9521750
Contact: Hans Rudolf H�sli


Course contents: Instrument, bow and toll maintenance and making
Course length:      4 Years



Stringed Instrument Repair and Construction at Anniesland College

One year National Certificate and one year Higher National Certificate in violin/guitar repair and construction.