Musical instrument maker and repairer

Musical instrument makers and repairers create new musical instruments or repair ones that have been damaged.

Average salary (a year)

Variable

Typical hours (a week)

42 to 44 variable

You could work

freelance / self-employed managing your own hours

How to become a Musical instrument maker and repairer

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • a specialised training course

College

You could do a college course like a Level 3 Diploma in Music Technology. This would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

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Other routes

You'll need to learn specialist skills in musical instrument making and repair.

You could take a foundation degree, or a short training course related to the type of instrument you want to make. Organisations offering courses include:

Entry requirements will depend on the type of course you want to do.

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Career tips

Craft skills are often more important than qualifications to get into this career. A background in woodworking or music technology may help.

You may also find it useful if you can play a musical instrument.

Further information

You can find details about training courses through The National Association of Musical Instrument Repairers.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • analytical thinking skills
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • building new instruments
  • repairing or renovating damaged or worn instruments
  • restoring or producing period instruments
  • working with different materials like wood, metal, plastic and fibreglass
  • using traditional hand tools
  • fitting plastic, fibreglass and electronic parts to modern instruments like electric guitars
  • applying finishing techniques like polishing and varnishing
  • tuning instruments

Working environment

You could work from home, at a client's home, in a workshop or at a client's business.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

If you work for a larger manufacturer, you may be able to progress to supervisor or manager level.

You could move into product development, buying or sales work.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a Musical instrument maker and repairer right now.

The Find an apprenticeship service can help you with your search, send alerts when new apprenticeships become available and has advice on how to apply.

Courses In England

Music Technology Company 2 (Music Technology Extended Diploma)

  • Provider: WEYMOUTH COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 September 2019
  • Location: WEYMOUTH

Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Music Technology

  • Provider: Denbigh School
  • Start date: 01 September 2019
  • Location: Milton Keynes

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