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.
|degree||Bachelor of Arts (B. A.)|
|profiles / focus|
|type of programme||full-time programme|
|semester start||winter semester|
|no. of semesters / ECTS-Credits||8 semester / 240 ECTS|
|admission restriction||aptitude test required|
|tuition fees||no tuition fees / semester fee only|
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.
Ms Elke Kunze
International prospective students
International full-time students
Paul-Kirchhoff-Bau (PKB), room 230a
+49 375 536 1061
Paul-Kirchhoff-Bau (PKB), room 230
+49 375 536 1068
+49 375 536 1063
Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau
Adress for visitors
Dr.-Friedrichs Ring 2A
rooms 228/230/230a (above the canteen)