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Instructor for Violin Making and Restoration

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [DB]' started by Eric Rene Roy, Feb 11, 2004.


  1. Eric Rene Roy

    Eric Rene Roy Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2002
    Mystic, CT
    President: Upton Bass String Instrument Co.
    Just passing this along from my old school. Would be nice to see a bass friendly luthier teaching the "luthiers of tomorrow".



    Instructor for Violin Making and Restoration

    We are looking for an experienced luthier who would like to take a
    leadership role in training by teaching full-time, five days per week. (A part-time
    role in a team-teaching arrangement will be considered.)   We expect
    that the most suitable candidate will be a graduate of a violin making school
    and will have had substantial experience in established shops.  Prior
    teaching experience is a plus.  In addition to in-class teaching
    responsibility,  the instructor will evaluate student performance, order materials
    and perform other administrative duties related to the classroom and shop, as
    needed.  We encourage the instructor to participate in professional
    activities.  An advisory panel of experienced violin makers provides guidance
    and support for the instructor and the program. 

    In addition to annual salary, there are health and other benefits: a
    pension plan, disability coverage, life insurance. Send letter of interest and
    resume to Walter McDonald, Associate Director, North Bennet Street School, 39
    North Bennet Street, Boston, MA  02113.

    Preferred application deadline: May 15, 2004.
    *****
    The three-year Violin Making and Restoration curriculum at North Bennet
    Street School is designed to teach fundamental tool-handling and visualization
    skills to prepare graduates to enter established shops in repair or
    apprenticeship roles.  The course consists of eight required instruments: 6
    violins, a viola, and a cello.  All instruction occurs on the students'
    projects, with opportunities for small group presentations and demonstrations. The
    final two violins are prepared for presentation at a graduation examination.& nbsp; There are opportunities for students to begin their trade shop experience
    while they are still in school in established shops in the Boston area.  We
    have encouraged students to undertake repair and setup work during the time
    they are in the course.  In addition, we have a program of visiting violin
    makers to supplement instruction and broaden students' experience.

    This class currently operates from 8:00 - 3:00, Monday through Friday,
    September through June.  In addition to nine holidays, there is a two-week
    break at end of December and a one-week break in April.  The projected
    class size is 11-12 students, ages 18 and up, ranging in woodworking experience
    from none to a moderate amount, high school diploma to college degree. 
    All students are expected to play a violin-family instrument or to take lessons
    while in school.

    North Bennet Street School has been training adults for over 110 years.& nbsp; In its early history, the training was for neighborhood residents. 
    In recent years, it has developed a national reputation in all its fields of
    training: Bookbinding, Carpentry and Preservation Carpentry, Cabinet and
    Furniture Making, Jewelry Making and Repair, Locksmithing, Piano Technology, and
    Violin Making and Restoration.