Translate your love of music into a rewarding hands-on career in Band Instrument Repair at Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical in Red Wing.
From across the United States and around the world, students come to Red Wing, Minnesota, to study band instrument repair, where you can learn the skills necessary for employment and advancement in this rewarding, viable career option. Our training is rigorous, requiring tenacity and a desire for excellence.
- 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.
- Incorporating all diploma-level BIR courses, the 2-year Associate of Applied Science in Band Instrument Repair degree adds coursework specific to small business development and marketing; it also includes college-level general education classes such as math, English, and humanities. The A.A.S. was designed primarily for students who want the one-year program, but have sufficient transferable college general education credits to narrow the time frame to complete the A.A.S. degree to one-year.
Up to 48 students enroll yearly in Band Instrument Repair, many coming from either performance or music education backgrounds — men and women looking to channel their interests and talents in a challenging educational setting where hands-on practice is central to success.
You will join graduates who are successfully employed in repair shops associated with music stores, school districts, and independent repair shops. In 2014, 96% of our graduates found work in the field.
Students who graduate with a diploma or A.A.S. degree from the BIR program can continue their studies and earn a 4-year degree by applying all of their credits toward a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, MN. The partnership agreement also allows current McNally Smith students to pursue this degree option utilizing the instruction at both colleges.
For additional information, go to www.redwingmusicrepair.org. To become a student, apply for admission to Southeast Technical.
Learn more about the musical instrument repair programs on our Red Wing campus at RedWingMusicRepair.org.