Covering the needs and possibilities of our students, we offer different types of classes
The studies of the Regular Course are made up of four training modules, always guided by the principle of "understanding, practicing, performing and reaffirming". In a collective process of knowledge exchange between students, teachers and professionals guitar makers. Weekly classes, lasting two and a half hours in groups of eight students.
Individual classes, monitoring and guiding
The individual classes are planned to satisfy the needs of guitar makers, or advanced students who require further theoretical content, techniques, work methodologies, production processes or specific needs.
The monitoring and guiding are consultancies, generally taken by guitar makers who wish to develop their products or services, taking them to a high level of professionalization.
The first module is dedicated to the Introduction, starting with traditional guitar making.
During the Introduction, students focus on understanding the basics of guitar making and specifying the building of a musical instrument. Its objective is to train the student from a perspective based on theoretical knowledge, and confirmed with the practice of each specialty, at the same time encouraging the development of group learning. Necessarily, basic knowledge about the history of the specialty, wood technology, elemental acoustics, and adhesives and finishes are presented. Its hallmark is the making of a high level musical instrument, based on the tradition of guitar making, in the classroom-workshop the knowledge acquired in the first module is consolidated. The guitar building, finishing and setting up is 100% carried out by the student, without the teacher intervention.
The second module is Deepening.
Students receive the necessary theoretical knowledge for each specialty, reinforcing the program with the inclusion of new topics. While carrying out different practical exercises consolidating this knowledge, they produce equipment to develop their own workshops. The main characteristics are based on the complexity increase of the guitar model that occurs in the second module, with the consequent reinforcement of acquired knowledge, and the inclusion of topics such as: management of software for drawing plans, making templates and molds, new finishing and polishing techniques and greater independence in decisions.
The development of the process consists of continuous monitoring and guiding.
The third module is Specialization.
The specialization reinforces theoretical content by deepening each of the areas studied, and duplicating production. Students produce two instruments of the highest complexity in parallel, including new techniques and materials for them. At the end of this module, each student will have produced 4 instruments ranging from the beginnings of tradition to contemporary designs, will have learned manual techniques and those that require the use of modern machinery, will have acquired a deep theoretical knowledge in all the subjects covered by guitar making, will have achieved an understanding and application of all the varieties of finishes used, and will have developed the skills to working professionally.
The fourth module is consecrated, as a thesis, with its own design.
The knowledge obtained during the specialization is tested by carrying out guitar design exercises, students of all specialties must develop their own product line. Designing and producing the instruments with which they will be able to enter the professional market of artisanal instruments. Reinforcing this proposal, advice is offered on commercial issues, the installation of workshops and the creation of a professional visual image.
Beyond the skills acquired in the training path, each student will be prepared to develop a competitive activity and will graduate from the school with their line of instruments designed and their first models built, a series of planned production processes, a workshop diagram according to their needs and possibilities, a visual identity and website prepared, some experiences in the exhibition and commercialization of musical instruments, and the support of a recognized institution in the field of luthiery education.