Band Instrument Repair Technology

This unique program prepares students for entry-level employment in the band instrument repair and service trade. Students will learn how to repair, maintain and adjust woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments typically used in big bands. The program also teaches work safety, how to handle hazardous materials, and how to find work in this industry.


Enrollment Point: Mid-August, or with permission

Band Instrument Repair Technology

Certificate of Completion: 
3 Quarters
72 Credits
Associate of Applied Science: 
5 Quarters
92 Credits
AAS - Transfer: 
N/A
N/A
Bachelor of Applied Science: 
N/A
N/A

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Median Salary: 
$31,000
Projected Growth: 
6%
Annual Job Openings: 
280

These amounts are based on median entry level wages, they are estimates and are not guarantees. For more information, visit careerinfo.net

Tuition

At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

Financial Aid

Federal aid is available for most students to help pay for school. Fill out your FAFSA now to get started.

Scholarships

The RTC Foundation offers scholarships to help pay the costs of attending school.


All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Monday - Friday

7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Jessica Ganska


Entry Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum age: 18 years.
  • Must take the Accuplacer test before entering the program or being placed on the pre-registration list.
  • Experience playing at least one brass or woodwind instrument.

Admission Recommendations

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Counselor and instructor interview.
  • Able to lift heavy instruments..

Course Information

Course # Course Title Crs
BIR 101 Introduction to Band Instrument Repair  1
BIR 102 Shop Practices and Safety for Band Instrument Repair  1
BIR 103 Band Instrument Cleaning and Sanitization 2
BIR 104 Soldering and Brazing Techniques 2
BIR 115 Dent Removal Techniques 2
BIR 122 The Percussion Instruments 1
BIR 123 Woodwind Padding Techniques 4
BIR 124 Clarinet Family Repair Techniques 6
BIR 125 Saxophone Family Repair Techniques 6
BIR 126 Flute Family Repair Techniques 6
BIR 130 Advanced Woodwind Repair Techniques 4
BIR 134 Woodwind Performance and Testing Techniques 1
BIR 135 Piston Valve Instrument Repair Techniques 4
BIR 136 Advanced Brass Repair Techniques 4
BIR 137 Rotary Valve Instrument Repair Techniques 4
BIR 138 Trombone Repair Techniques 4
BIR 144 Brasswind Performance and Testing Techniques 1
BIR 150 Capstone Project in Band Instrument Repair 1
AMATH 161V  Mathematics for Band Instrument Repair 3
BIR 173 Written and Oral Communication for Band Instrument Repair 3
BIR 185 Human Relations for Band Instrument Repair 3
BIR 188 Employment Skills for Band Instrument Repair 1
BIR 191 String Instrument Repair for Band Instrument Repair 4
BIR 192 Machining Topics for Band Instrument Repair 4
  Total 72

 

General Education Course Requirements for AAS Degree

Course # Course Title Crs
AMATH 185 Applied Algebra for Business and Industry 5
CMST& 101 Speech Communication 5
ENGL 100 Applied Composition or  
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
  Total 20

Program Outcomes

Learning Outcomes for Band Instrument Repair Technology Program:

  • Perform padding and adjusting of woodwinds and cleaning soldering and dent removal of both brass and woodwinds
  • Equip and maintain shop
  • Interact with integrity and adaptability
  • Evaluate and diagnose musical instruments

Accreditation

External accreditation is not applicable to this program.

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