The Guitar Making and Repair Course consists of practical and theoretical training in acoustic and electric guitar construction and repair. The school offers two five-month (880 clock hour) courses each year, beginning in February and late August. Classes are held Monday through Thursday, from 8 AM to 6 PM and Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM, except holidays, with one hour lunch, and mid-morning and mid-afternoon study breaks.
The curriculum revolves around each student building a minimum of two ‘project’ guitars, including an acoustic steel string and an electric guitar or 4 or 5 string electric bass. Lectures and demonstrations are given for each phase of the construction process throughout the course. Following the lectures and demonstrations, students proceed with that portion of their project guitar. Instructor led one-on-one training is reinforced by the Roberto-Venn School Workbook, a library of tutorial videos, class lectures and student’s notes.
In addition to hands-on training, weekly quizzes and quarterly tests allow the staff to monitor the student’s progress and understanding of the guitar making process.
The school workshop is comprised of individual student workbenches along with instructor’s workbenches. Class size ranges from 25-35 students, with an average ‘Student to Teacher’ ratio of 6 to 1. This ensures that the instructors can provide close supervision and monitoring of students progress on a daily basis. The workshop is equipped with specialized tools, jigs, and clamps for student use.
Power woodworking equipment is located in a Ramada covered area adjacent to the workshop. Students are taught safety and use of this equipment for all milling, sanding, sawing and routing guitar operations. In addition to power equipment and tool inventory provided by the school, students used their own personal tools, designated in the required Student Tool List.