Academic Programs

Band Instrument Repair

Associate of Applied Science Degree
Program Description
Sioux City Campus

The Band Instrument Repair Program at WITCC is the oldest of it's kind in the United States and focuses on the repair and restoration of woodwind and brass instruments. The program is a hands-on course.

Students will repair instruments belonging to music stores and private musicians in our well-equipped lab. In the Band Instrument Repair program, students develop job-entry skills in all areas of band instrument repair and restoration. They become acquainted with the characteristics, physical properties, and problems involved with each musical instrument, as well as the basics of playing each instrument.

Work is performed with tools unique to the trade and with other common tools. Students learn to safely operate a machine lathe, buffing and scratchbrushing equipment, lacquering equipment, and special dent removing equipment. Techniques in woodwind repair, padding, adjustment, metal forming, soldering, cleaning, polishing, and refinishing are also developed.

The course is designed for those who intend to become band instrument repair persons. Course offerings include independent study, field projects, and/or other electives. IMPORTANT NOTE: There is limited enrollment in this program. To inquire about availability, please contact Fran DeJong at fran.dejong@witcc.edu.

Required Classes

SDV 108 The College Experience.............................................. 1
BIR 101 The BIR Industry......................................................... 3
BIR 105 Repair Shop Safety..................................................... 1
BIR 140 Woodwind Repair I..................................................... 4
BIR 150 Brasswind Repair I...................................................... 4
MUA 174 Wind Instruments Playing Techniques I...................... 1
PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology......................................... 3
BIR 110 Instrument Case Repair.............................................. 1
BIR 135 Small Parts Machining................................................ 3
BIR 141 Woodwind Repair II..................................................... 4
BIR 151 Brasswind Repair II..................................................... 4
MUA 175 Wind Instruments Playing Techniques II..................... 1
COM 723 Workplace Communications....................................... 3
BIR 126 Woodwind Machine Operations................................. 3
BIR 210 Percussion Instrument Repair.................................... 1
BIR 240 Woodwind Repair III.................................................... 4
BIR 250 Brasswind Repair III.................................................... 4
MUA 176 Wind Instruments Playing Techniques III.................... 1
MUS 100 Music Appreciation..................................................... 3
BIR 215 Shop Management Practices..................................... 3
BIR 225 Orchestral String Instrument Repair........................... 2
BIR 241 Woodwind Repair IV................................................... 4
BIR 251 Brasswind Repair IV................................................... 4
MAT 772 Applied Math.............................................................. 3

Program Total............................................................ 65

Contacts

Mark Schmedinghoff, BA Ext. 1306, Room A57L, mark.schmedinghoff@witcc.edu
Michael Rohlena MFA, Ext. 3217, Room B110, michael.rohlena@witcc.edu
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4647 Stone Avenue
Sioux City, Iowa 51106
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800.352.4649
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