Q. What kind of tools do I need to bring with me to the school?
A. None! If you have already acquired some tools for your own use, you are welcome to bring them with you. If you do not have any tools, the instructors and fellow students will help you with your tool buying throughout your time at the school. You will need to own some basic tools during the first year, including a block plane, knives, scrapers, chisels and gouges, which can total several hundred dollars or more, depending on your choices.
Q. Is the $1000 deposit a separate fee from tuition?
A. No, the $1000 deposit will be applied towards your first quarter tuition.
Q. Is financial aid available?
A. Funding is available to veterans through the Veterans Administration. The Violin Society of America provides several scholarships each year to qualified students, through the school. A local credit union provides a private, credit-based loan to domestic students. The school is not accredited for FAFSA loans or Pell Grants. Please contact us for more information about these programs.
Q. Will I learn to play the violin?
A. Yes, we feel learning basic playing skills is an important part of becoming a violin maker. Many of the students are beginning players, and they come to appreciate and enjoy the ability to play their creations.
Q. Is it possible to work and go to school at the same time?
A. Yes, several of our students work part-time after school. School hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Q. Does the curriculum include learning repairs?
A. Yes, students who have completed their first two instruments may take optional repair courses offered each June and July.