Band Instrument Repair

Translate your love of music into a hands-on career.

 

Band Instrument Repair - Diploma

1) 1000 level (minimum) General Education courses required unless specified

Band Instrument Repair - 42 credit Diploma
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Estimated Costs for this Major

Tuition/Fees:$8,801
Tools:$1,250
Books/Supplies:$400
Total:$10,451
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
English/Communications requirement
Choose one 2 credit (or greater) English or Communications course.
2 cr
Math requirement
Choose one 2 credit (or greater) Math course.
2 cr
 
6 crs
 
Please note that direct entry into these required general education courses is dependent upon basic skills results as determined by the Accuplacer Placement Exam. Entry into the English/Communications requirement requires a reading comprehension test score of 78 or higher on the Accuplacer. Entry into the Math requirement requires an elementary algebra test score of 46 or higher on the Accuplacer. If your scores are lower than those indicated above, the college requires mandatory placement in additional developmental coursework; the levels and sequence of these courses are determined by your Accuplacer score. Learn more about the Accuplacer Placement Exam and its role in academic planning.
 
 
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
BIRT1100
Woodwind Repair Fundamentals
This course introduces the student to safe use and handling of shop equipment, tools and supplies. The student will learn to diagnose and repair basic problems associated with woodwind instruments. Techniques of disassembly, tenon corking, key fitting, padding, key corking, regulation as well as play testing the instrument will be covered. In addition, nomenclature, care of wood, crack sealing, key straightening, and spring replacement will be taught. As a project for the course, the student will perform a complete repad on a clarinet including record keeping and invoicing requirements. It is recommended that the student have playing skills on the instrument prior to enrolling, as a playing proficiency is required for completion of the course. Grading is based on project evaluation and written tests. (Prerequisite: None) (5 Credits: 3 lecture/2 lab)

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5 cr
BIRT1104
Woodwind Repair I
The student will build on previous skills learned in diagnosing and repairing basic problems associated with woodwind instruments. Techniques of disassembly, tenon fitting, head corking, key fitting, padding, key corking, regulation as well as play testing the instrument will be covered. In addition, nomenclature, care of metal and finishes, body straightening, key alignment, spring replacement, and soft soldering will be taught. As a project for the course, the student will perform a complete repad on a flute including record keeping and invoicing requirements. It is recommended that the student have playing skills on the instrument prior to enrolling, as a playing proficiency is required for completion of the course. Grading is based on project evaluation and written tests. (Prerequisite: BIRT1100 or field experience commensurate with course content as determined by instructor) (4 Credits: 2 lecture/2 lab)

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4 cr
BIRT1110
Brasswind Repair Fundamentals
This course covers the basics of brasswind repair, including nomenclature, chemical flushing, porting procedures, common dent removal, the straightening and alignment of parts, soft soldering and spot finishing. The trumpet will be used to learn a majority of these repairs, though larger brasswinds may be included for the advancing student. Aspects of a safe work environment as well as instrument inspection, repair and invoicing are also included. Grading is based on project evaluation and written tests. (Prerequisite: None) (4 Credits: 2 lecture/2 lab)

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4 cr
BIRT1125
Brasswind Repair I
This course parallels topics and tasks learned in BIRT1110, adding solder projects, complete instrument repair, introduction to trombone handslide repairs and trumpet playing methods. Machine tool operation, aspects of a safe work environment as well as instrument inspection, repair and invoicing are also included. Grading is based on project evaluation and written tests. (Prerequisite: BIRT1110 or field experience commensurate with course content as determined by instructor) (5 Credits: 2 lecture/3 lab)

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5 cr
BIRT2100
Woodwind Repair II
Using the saxophone as the focus, the student will learn techniques of disassembly and assembly, neck corking, tenon fitting, key fitting, hinge rod making, key corking, padding, regulation, lubrication, and play testing the instrument. Body straightening tone hole leveling, post and key alignment, soft and silver soldering will also be included. It is recommended that the student have playing skills on the instrument prior to enrolling, as a playing proficiency is required for completion of this course. As a project for the course, the student will perform a complete repad on the saxophone including record keeping and invoicing requirements. Grading is based on project evaluation and written tests. (Prerequisites: BIRT1100 and BIRT1104 or field experience commensurate with course content as determined by instructor) (5 Credits: 2 lecture/3 lab)

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5 cr
BIRT2104
Woodwind Repair III
This course will involve the study of common aspects of repair as it relates to the oboe and the bassoon. Using the oboe as the project, nomenclature, installation of cork pads, regulation, play testing, and focus on key mechanism interrelationships will be covered. Topics related to wood care, moisture tube removal, and tone hole replacement will be introduced. Bassoon nomenclature as well as padding and regulation techniques will be covered. Wood treatment, sealing, tenon wrapping, and "U" tube gasket replacement will be studied. It is recommended that the student have playing skills on the instruments prior to enrolling. A playing proficiency on oboe is required for completion of the course. Grading is based on project evaluation and written tests. (Prerequisites: BIRT1100, BIRT1104, & BIRT2100 or field experience commensurate with course content as determined by instructor) (4 Credits: 2 lecture/2 lab)

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4 cr
BIRT2110
Brasswind Repair II
Using the trombone as focus, the student will learn aspects of handslide repair including tube straightening, dent removal, crook repair and installation, and tube installation. Bell section repairs will include alignment, crook dent removal, and gooseneck and flare repairs. The student will also be introduced to piston brass casing, valve and thread repairs. Machine tool operation, aspects of a safe work environment as well as instrument inspection, repair and invoicing are also included. Grading is based on project evaluation and written tests. (Prerequisites: BIRT1110 & BIRT1125 or field experience commensurate with course content as determined by the instructor) (5 Credits: 2 lecture/3 lab)

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5 cr
BIRT2121
Large Brasswind Repair
The french horn will be used to introduce the student to large brasswind repairs as well as rotary valve stringing, adjustment and bearing work. Dent work will focus on the bell section and mouthpipe. Work on other large brasswinds such as baritone horns and tubas may be included for the advancing student. French horn playing methods, aspects of a safe work environment, as well as instrument inspection, repair and invoicing are also included. Grading is based on project evaluation and written tests. (Prerequisites: BIRT1110, BIRT1125 & BIRT2110 or field experience commensurate with course content as determined by instructor) (4 Credits: 2 lecture/2 lab)

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4 cr
 
36 crs

Total Credit Requirement - 42



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