Established in 1984, the North Bennet Street School Violin Making and Repair program is one of the few full-time instrument making programs in the United States. The three-year, hands-on curriculum provides a solid foundation in instrument making and an introduction to the art and science of stringed instrument restoration. Over the course of the program, each student builds five violins, a viola and a bowed instrument of the student's choice.
Throughout the course, accomplished violin and bow makers are invited to serve as guest instructors, exposing students to various approaches to violin making. Students explore Boston’s well-established luthier community and typically take field trips to local violin shops, attend previews of stringed instruments auctions at Skinners Fine Auction and visit the musical instrument collection at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
The program is taught by award-winning violin maker Roman Barnas. North Bennet Street School is located in the historic North End in Boston, Massachusetts.