Students on the school steps on the final day of a brass foundation course in 2011.
General information on courses
All of our courses are suitable for those wishing to embark on a career in musical instrument repair. Enthusiastic amateurs may also find the courses useful and rewarding.
No previous experience is required for foundation courses, however good hand/eye co-ordination and a practical aptitude is essential. To attend an advanced or specialist course you must have first attended a foundation course or have gained relevant experience by some other means.
All tools and materials needed for a course are provided, but we recommend that students bring their own instruments to work on during a course. We have a collection of serviceable instruments which we a re happy to loan or sell to students unable to bring their own.
There is no upper age restriction, but there is a lower age requirement of 16 years. Overseas students are welcome and pay the same course fees as home students.
On completing a foundation course we recommend that you seek further training in the form of an apprenticeship or employment in the trade. Alternatively, further course attendances and a great deal of practice will help you to achieve your ambition.
Advice is available on career paths.
Prospective students need to understand that a great deal of experience and skill is required to achieve the status and skill levels of a professional instrument repairer. These courses will provide your first important step.
NAMIR ‘Student’ membership is available to all students on completion of a foundation course. NAMIR is the National Association of Musical Instrument Repairers.
If you would like any further information, please contact me, and I will do my best to answer your questions and advise you on the most suitable course.
The workshop and student facilities
The workshop here at Llangunllo is large and professionally equipped with hand-tools and machinery for up to 8 students. Having huge windows on both sides, it is extremely well lit with natural daylight and has delightful views across the Lugg valley with its rolling hills, grazing sheep and the winding river Lugg. On colder days, a substantial wood-burning stove is lit, which adds greatly to the traditional and friendly atmosphere in the workshop.
Appetising home-cooked lunches are available at the school, and are lovingly prepared by Kath, our very own delightful culinary goddess. Lunches are highly recommended as they are generous, tasty and extremely good value for money. We cater for vegetarians.
Free Wi-Fi is available at the school. However, owing to our location, there is a limited mobile phone signal. There is of course a land-line telephone on site for incoming calls and emergency use.