BELE, violin making school since 1986

Repair and restoration techniques

Having in mind that repair and restoration can take an important amount of the workload of a maker in their professional workshop, another primary objective of these studies is learning of the most usual techniques.

Making a string quartet

For the three academic courses, the main aim is the construction and set up of a string quartet, consisting on two violins, a viola and a cello.

This includes the learning and training on the different varnishing and instrument finishing techniques.

Bow maintenance and rehairing

For the professional player the bow is as important as the instrument itself and, on that basis, rehairing techniques, maintenance and care, repairing and some basic bow restoration are also taught.

Acoustics and performance

Another basis of the new curriculum, a hallmark of our School is the learning of the basic concepts used in acoustics: mechanical behavior of materials, complete instrument acoustics, sound adjustment, the study and application of the most recent researches in this field, and the use of measurement methods developed to our days.

We can say that all the fulfilled investigations till today help us to understand the complexity of the sound of the reference instruments.

Business environment. Practice.

We think that this is an important subject to deal as the students will have to face it when they finish at school. Subjects such as Entrepreneurship, practical training phase and the final project are another basis of the curriculum, intended to strengthen the chances of success of the professional projects that future luthiers will begin.

Instrument Playing

The curriculum also includes learning the basics of playing violin, viola, cello and doublebass.

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