Our School for Musical Instrument Building, called "Centrum voor Muziekinstrumentenbouw" (Cmb), based at Puurs, Belgium, is a training and documentation resources centre whose aim it is to spread and promote the knowledge and the richness of the craft.
We train people to become true professionals in the art of musical instrument making and we provide opportunities for both those who either wish to top up their existing skills and those who wish to attend a particular session, workshop or lecture.
Together with our school partner "CVO- Rivierenland" (Centre for Adult Education) , we offer a large variety of top level training programmes. We are the only centre in Belgium and even on mainland Europe to offer the full range of practically based courses in the making of all string instruments:
- Violin, viola, cello, double bass, viola da gamba and bow making
- Classical and flamenco guitars, lute, Arabic ud, steel-string acoustic and electric guitar, jazz guitar, solid body guitar,
acoustic bass guitar, electric double bass, resonator guitar, mandolin and so on…
- Harpsichord, clavichord, and spinet…
( Listen to some of the instruments built in our school > Audio / or take a look at the Photos )
Every week, we welcome students from Flanders, Wallonia, the Netherlands, France and other countries.
We have a very diverse student community with a mix of ages, nationalities and backgrounds.
All teachers are specialists in the trade and apart from teaching, they maintain their workshops to keep up with an ever evolving practice.
We set up activities like complementary lectures and workshops, meetings with prominent musicians, makers and experts, study trips to museums and schools for instrument making and exhibitions and meetings with large audiences.
Furthermore, we offer the following services:
- An extensive documentation centre (books, instrument plans, professional journals)
- A shop for the purchase of tools and accessories specific to instrument making.
- A fully stocked store of mature wood.
The centre enjoys an international reputation which is brought into focus by the participation of enthusiastic musicians and instrument makers, national and foreign, at our international symposium "c o r d e F a c t u m”.
This event contributes to the development of an international World-Wide network for the manufacturing of musical instruments.
Where can you find us ?
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