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Band Instrument Repair Program - Overview

By earning a diploma from the Band Instrument Repair program, you will gain the entry-level skills necessary for employment and advancement in this rewarding, viable career option within the music field.

  • In 2 semesters of comprehensive study, the Band Instrument Repair Diploma program will teach you the fundamentals of repairing clarinets, trumpets, flutes, trombones, saxophones, French horns, oboes, bassoons, and large brass. You will also learn how to fabricate tools and instrument parts using lathes, drill presses, grinders, sanders, and bench motors.

  • New in 2014, the 2-year Associate of Applied Science in Band Instrument Repair degree includes all of the technical skills above, as well as college-level general education classes such as math, English, and humanities. Coursework specific to small business development and marketing is part of the A.A.S. degree program.

  • For those interested in a 4-year degree, credits may tranfster to the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree program at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, MN.  The agreement also allows students currently at McNally Smith to pursue this 4-year degree option utilizing the instruction at both colleges.

Up to 40 students enroll yearly in Band Instrument Repair, many coming from either performance or music education backgrounds — men and women looking for a new vehicle to channel their musical interests and talents in a challenging educational setting where hands-on practice is central to success.

The majority of our graduates will gain employment in music stores with in-house repair facilities or in independent repair shops. The outlook for employment in this field is quite good as demand for qualified graduates has remained constant since the program’s founding in 1976.

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Hands-on work is the core of the learning experience at SE Technical's Band Instrument Repair Program

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