GUITAR CRAFT ACADEMY

MI’s Guitar Craft program offers comprehensive training in guitar design, construction and maintenance of both electric and acoustic guitars. You’ll learn through direct experience, under the guidance of first-rank professionals, how to analyze and solve the problems encountered by working luthiers. As a final project, you design and build your own instrument.
 

WHY MI?

Musicians Institute Guitar Craft Academy offers comprehensive training in the design, construction, and maintenance of electric and acoustic guitars. In keeping with MI’s total-immersion approach to education, your classroom is a fully equipped learning facility. During the program, you will design and build your own instrument, learning through direct experience under the guidance of first-rank professionals how to analyze and solve the problems encountered by working luthiers.

Whether your goal is to work for a guitar manufacturer, design and build your own instruments, or work as a guitar tech, a Guitar Craft education provides the foundation for success.

CAREER OPTIONS

The two-quarter/30-credit-unit Certificate program in guitar design, fabrication and maintenance provides comprehensive preparation for the instrument manufacturing and repair professions:

  • GUITAR MANUFACTURER
  • CUSTOM BUILDER
  • REPAIR TECHNICIAN
  • TOURING TECHNICIAN
  • GUITAR PAINTER
  • PICKUP BUILDER
  • GUITAR RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
  • QUALITY CONTROL MANAGER

CURRICULUM

This program trains students in the full spectrum of contemporary luthiery skills, with core classes including Instrument Design, Instrument Fabrication, Fretwork & Setup, Instrument Repair, Electronics, and Finish Work.

During the program, every student designs and builds a custom electric guitar or bass for their personal use.

Each student also receives weekly private instruction in stylistic instrument performance techniques.

INSTRUMENT DESIGN

ELECTRONICS

FINISH WORK

FRETWORK & SETUP

FACILITIES & EQUIPMENT

As an alternative to a traditional classroom setting, all courses are taught at GCA’s state-of-the-art workshop facilities located in Nashville, Tennessee, minutes away from the heart of Music City!
 

FEATURING:

  • Fully equipped facilities with industry standard equipment
  • Courses are held in a custom-designed facility containing all of the tools, fixtures and accessories required to build high-quality instruments
  • GCA regularly offers night classes to accommodate busy schedules

COURSE CATALOG

Program requirements, course information, and further GCA details.

QUESTIONS

Our admissions department is happy to answer your questions!

READY TO ROCK?

The first step in applying is to complete an Application for Admission.