The Woodwind programme has a worldwide reputation for producing skilled craftspeople able to repair the whole range of instruments in the woodwind family, from piccolo to saxophone. The course also includes the making of a complete Boehm system clarinet from basic raw materials.
The programme is housed on the main campus providing easy access to computer facilities, specialist books and other college amenities.
The programme has excellent links with the trade. Companies regularly contact the college to offer employment opportunities. Our graduate students work for a wide range of instrument manufacturers and repairers. Many have also started their own successful businesses, and in turn provide employment for other students as they graduate.
BA (Hons) Musical Instrument Craft (Woodwind Instrument Making and Repair) Level 6
This programme aims to introduce the precision skills needed to repair the whole range of woodwind instruments. Practical skills are taught in our well equipped workshop.
Year 1 (Level 4)
Students learn a range of repair skills from the basic replacement of pads to complete overhauls of a clarinet, flute, oboe and saxophone. They will also be able to carry out basic fault finding and diagnose repairs. Students learn to turn wood and metal and manufacture their own hand tools for instrument making and repair e.g. screwdriver, spring hitch, pad slicks and bench pegs
There are five modules; Anatomy and Design, Basic Techniques, Workshop Practice, Making Specialist Tools 1 and Historical and Contextual Studies.
Successful completion of year one enables progression to year two.
Year 2 (Level 5)
This stage of the programme builds on the repair skills gained in the first year and also provides the basic skills for those wishing to make woodwind instruments. Making woodwind instruments involves measuring and manufacturing techniques, tool design, turning a clarinet body, specialist making, mounting and finishing skills, Work begins on the construction of the individual clarinet.
The range of instruments for repair widens to include bassoon and piccolo.
Fault finding and repair techniques continue and include the replacement of tenons, tone holes and repair of dents in metal bodied instruments.
Students also study acoustics and learn how about running a business to prepare them for employment.
Advanced and speed repair techniques are introduced and range of instruments extends to bass clarinet and cor anglais.
There are three core modules: Applied Acoustics, Problem Solving and Making Specialist Tools 2, along with optional modules that include; Repair Techniques (Clarinet family ), Repair Techniques (Flute family), Repair Techniques (Saxophone family), Repair Techniques (Double Reed family), Repair Techniques (Brass Instrument family), Making Techniques, Making Techniques (metal bodied)
Successful completion of year two enables progression to year three.
Year 3 (Level 6)
At the end of the Advanced level, students who have made a clarinet and successfully carried out speed repairs under exam conditions. These skills are covered in five modules, namely: Business Practice, Advanced Craft Techniques, Professional Standards Test, and the Final Major Project Preparation and Realisation.
Applications for this course are processed through UCAS. Please make a note of the codes below, then continue to apply through the UCAS website:
Institute code: L42
UCAS Course code: J950
You will study at the School of Musical Instrument Craft at Newark College for the duration of the course. Full Time - 3 Years Course contact hours are to be confirmed.
Applications for this course are processed through UCAS, please see the course description and make a note of the Institute Code and UCAS Course Code.