Combining traditional handcraftsmanship with modern research approaches, the Department of Musical Instrument Making in Markneukirchen offers students a highly regarded program that finetunes practical skills, deepens theoretical knowledge and encourages experimentation. Well-equipped workshops, an extensive library, a state of the art acoustic testing centre and modern laboratories and seminar rooms are available for our students in our historical art nouveau villa in Markneukirchen.

Through fundamental courses in acoustics, musicology, technical mechanics and materials science as well as design, woodcarving techniques and restoration, the knowledge and skills required to design and produce high-quality, artistic instruments are taught. Projects, discussions and research work encourage students to experiment with and discover new techniques and processes or to study classical models in order to make informed decisions about their own designs. This combination of traditional handcraftsmanship and modern research approaches ensures the program is up-to-date with the changing demands of the profession.

Plucked instrument making

The German and Spanish styled classic guitar models are central to teaching in the Plucked Instrument Making program. In the higher semesters, students also examine the historical plucked instruments in the lute and guitar family.

Stringed instrument making

Violins, violas and violoncellos are the focus of the Stringed Instrument Making program. In the higher semesters, students also study the classical instruments of the Viola-da-bracio or the Viola-da-Gamba family. Modules on bow making and repair and restoring stringed instruments are also offered.

degreeBachelor of Arts (B.A.)
profiles / focus
  • Stringed instrument making
  • Plucked instrument making
type of programme full-time programme
semester start winter semester
no. of semesters / ECTS-Credits 8 semester / 240 ECTS
admission requirements
  • University Entrance Qualifications (A prerequisite for application is the general high-school graduation certificate (Abitur) or comparable qualification for admission to higher education.)
  • in some cases proof of exceptional ability can be accepted and students made exempt of the University Entrance Qualification
  • proof of practical work experience in the field of musical instrument making
  • subject-specific apprenticeship certification exam (violin making, plucked instrument making)
  • In exceptional cases, applicants may be accepted on the basis of work experience (two years minimum) in the field of instrument making, or alternatively having completed a craftsman apprenticeship and having had experience of working in the field of instrument making alongside, without having completed an apprenticeship certification exam. In both cases, work samples must be shown.
admission restriction aptitude test required
tuition fees no tuition fees
accreditationuntil 03/19

Our graduates are equipped with the necessary practical and business skills to gain employment or self-employment within the profession. Other career options include educating and training musical instrument makers, working in restoration or music pedagogy and management positions in musical instrument businesses, distribution and sales.