What we do

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 Antwerpen" (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…

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.

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.