Band Instrument Repair Schools

CIOMIT Logo Badger State Repair Logo

Minnesota SE Technical Logo

Renton Technical College Logo Western Iowa Technical College Logo

The band instrument repair trade can be difficult to break into without formal training. Unless you are lucky enough to come across the rare apprentice position or are diligent and self-motivated and can learn on your own, the only other option is to attend a repair school.

One of the most common requests we receive is for info and advice on band instrument repair schools. So we’ve put together this matrix of the five accredited band instrument repair schools in North America - one in Canada and four in the United States. Info was gathered from the schools’ websites and from talking to the admissions offices and/or the instructors at the schools in February, 2007.   

The details in this chart are to serve only as a guide. It was accurate at the time of posting as far as we know. However, you should confirm the data and request additional info from the schools before drawing any conclusions or making any decisions. Should you find any discrepancies, please let us know so we can keep it up to date.

 

Repair School Comparison Chart
  MN State College - Southeast Technical
(Redwing, MN)
CIOMIT
(Castle Rock, Colorado)
Western Iowa Tech
(Sioux City, IA)
Renton Technical College
(Renton, WA)
Badger State Repair
(Elkhorn, WI)
Course Duration 9-month course
(2 semesters of 16 weeks each)

Weekend – Week Long – 9 Month- 12 Month

Online Classes and On Campus Classes
5 semesters
(includes a summer session)
3 quarters 48 weeks
Degree / Diploma/ certificate Diploma Certificate Associate in Applied Sciences Certificate Certificate
Total credit hours required 42 N/A - 40 hours of hands-on per week 68 74 N/A - 40 hours of hands-on work per week
Price per credit MN resident - $133.14

MI, MO, NE resident - $199.71

Out-of-State - $266.28
N/A IA Resident - $97

Out-of-State - $133

N/A N/A
Tuition MN resident - $3,046 per semester

MI, MO, NE resident - $4,218.97 per semester

Out-of-State - $5,616.94 per semester

Colorado and out-of- state

Cost varies depending on course schedule. 
IA resident - $1,904 per semester

Out-of State -
$2,516 per semester

$1,096.20 per quarter WI resident and out-of-state:

$3,100 per quarter

Additional fees and supplies
(not included above)
Tools - $1,800 total for entire program

Books/Supplies - $430 total for entire program

$1,792 at time of enrollment

Tool kit – Per subject from $240

Books, tools, & supplies Supplies - $1,000 $1,600 at time of enrollment

Tool kit - $900

Estimated Total cost MN resident - $8,322

MI, MO, NE resident - $11,117.94

Out-of-State - $13,913.88

1 week    $1,792
9 month $16,128

12 Month $19,104
IA resident - $7,616 plus books, tools, & supplies

Out-of State -
$10,064 plus books, tools, & supplies
$4,288.60 $15,800
  MN State College - Southeast Technical
(Redwing, MN)
CIOMIT
Castle Rock, Colorado)
Western Iowa Tech
(Sioux City, IA)
Renton Technical College
(Renton, WA)
Badger State Repair
(Elkhorn, WI)
Student: Teacher ratio
(max)
20:1 1:1 20:1 18:1 1:1
Apprenticeship /Co-op offered/ required No Entire course is hands-on apprenticeship No No Entire course is hands-on apprenticeship
Gen Ed classes required Computer course

Communications course

CPR/First Aid

Math course
None Introduction to Computers

English Elective

Psychology Elective

Math General Elective

General Education Elective (Humanities or  Healthful Living/Leisure)
Applied Composition or English Composition

Applied Algebra for Business and Industry

General Psychology
Speech Communication
None
Band Instrument Repair Classes required View class schedule www.ciomit.com View class schedule View class schedule View Class Schedule (pdf)
Housing Limited dorms

Off-campus rental units available
Extended stay hotels and short term apartments in area Apartment-style dorms - view info Apartments across street Apartments in area
Meal Plans/ Cafeteria Food service available

No cafeteria – steak shop
None Cafeteria with meal plans Cafeteria available

No meal plans
None
Additional Links Band Instrument Repair School Home Page

Tuition and Fees Schedule (pdf)

Website

 

Band Instrument Repair School Home Page

Video Intro to Course

Band Instrument Repair School Home Page Band Instrument Repair School Brochure (pdf)