How to become a musical instrument maker and repairer
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- applying directly
- a specialised training course
You would learn traditional skills and knowledge to specialise in building and repairing instruments like guitar, violin, piano or woodwind.
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
Some colleges and adult education centres run short courses in instrument repair, for example for guitars or violins.
Check with your local education centre to see what they offer.
The British Violin Making Association has details of courses around the country for that particular instrument.
There are no set entry requirements for this route.
You could approach instrument repairers directly to see if they're willing to take you on as a trainee. Craft skills like carpentry would be useful alongside enthusiasm for the profession and a keenness to learn.
You could take a training course with a specialist provider related to the type of instrument you want to make. Courses are also offered by professional bodies for particular instruments, for example:
Entry requirements will depend on the type of course you want to do.
Craft skills are often more important than qualifications to get into this career. A background in woodworking or model making may help.
You might also find it useful if you can play the musical instrument you want to learn how to make or repair.
Professional and industry bodies
You could join the National Association of Musical Instrument Repairers for professional development and to make contacts in the profession.
You can get more information on working in crafts and creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.