Not sure how to maintain your instruments?
Want to be able to do some repairs yourself?
Afraid you might break something?
Take this 3-hour workshop and learn everything you need to know to keep your instruments in good working order.
Please join the Waiting List for future courses!
In this 3-hour hands-on class you will save time and money by learning the basics of maintaining your instruments. You will also learn which repairs you can do yourself and which should be left to professionals. Finally, this will be a hands-on class, so you should bring a violin that you are comfortable with taking apart and learning how to put back together!
Check out the course content below to see how much you will learn!
- Class size is limited in order to ensure individual attention.
- Certificate of Completion and a Professional Development Certificate for 3 instructional hours will be provided upon successful completion.
- Please bring a violin, a towel to lay your instrument on, and a chinrest tool or large paper clip or other long, thin, metal object.
Grace combines her unique experience as a string teacher with her experience watching and helping her partner build and repair instruments in their home. She brings to you a completely practical hands-on course that will prepare you for all of the most common string maintenance and repair problems you will encounter in the classroom.
August 27, 5:00 – 8:00pm REGISTRATION CLOSED
Hours: 3 hrs instructional time
Fee: $80 CAD
Class size: maximum 8 participants
Requirements: stable internet connection with ability to use audio and video through Zoom
Grace’s maintenance and repair workshop should be a required course for all music education majors! As a wind player, I didn’t learn string repair in college, and as a teacher I’ve been a bit intimidated to dive into repairs without the necessary skills and background. I’ve always been afraid of breaking the instrument. After taking the workshop I feel much more confident and comfortable addressing repair issues that might come up.
– Maureen Isbister, Band Teacher – NY
Because of Grace Law’s breadth of knowledge along with her expertise in planning and instruction, I feel very well prepared to perform many small repairs and adjustments on string instruments. From changing strings and correcting chronic tuning peg problems, to bridge and tailpiece adjustments, I will be able to quickly address most of the typical instrument problems that often occur during rehearsals and lessons. This course is worth its weight in gold for any string educator!
– Gregory Tarbox, Orchestra & Strings Specialist – Pembroke MA
This workshop should be a mandatory course or unit of study for music teacher training. It was a practical workshop where we took apart the instrument and the bow and reassembled them afterward. Through the hands-on process, I gained a deeper insight into the components of the instrument that contribute to its sound quality.
Being able to restring the instrument and check different parts to assess the playability or need for professional repair of the instrument is crucial for music teachers, yet rarely discussed. Being a music teacher is more than teaching students how to play a certain instrument. What goes on behind the scenes of teaching such as being able to do small repairs on instruments contributes to the livelihood of a music program.
– Lindsey Wen, High School Teacher – GTA
I was amazed at how much I could learn about violin maintenance in such a short time. This hands-on workshop gave me the confidence as a non-string player to understand basic care of the instruments, and know when I should consult a professional. Thanks so much for the fun and useful workshop!
– Heather Holmes, High school band – Toronto
- How instruments and bows are constructed
- How to maintain your instruments
- Diagnosing and fixing common problems
- What various repairs should look like when done properly
- Easy vs. expensive repairs
- How to decide if a repair is worth doing
- Repairs you can do yourself
- Repairs you should avoid doing yourself
- Tools and equipment you should keep handy
- How to take apart a violin and put it back together