GUITAR CRAFT

MI’s Guitar Craft Program is designed to provide students with the specialized skills of Luthiery – the art of guitar making and technical maintenance.

GUITAR CRAFT

MI’s Guitar Craft Program is designed to provide students with the specialized skills of Luthiery – the art of guitar making and technical maintenance.

DESIGN AND BUILD YOUR OWN INSTRUMENT

MI’s Guitar Craft program 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 instrument manufacturing facility. As a final project, you 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.

 

DEGREE OPTIONS

Certificate in Industry Studies

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
QUALITY CONTROL
PICKUP BUILDER
GUITAR R&D

ESP and Schecter are proud to hire Guitar Craft students and support their future careers in the guitar industry.

CURRICULUM

  • 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.

FEATURED FACULTY

Guitar Craft instructors bring decades of experience in manufacturing, custom shop operation and instrument repair directly into the classroom.

DAVID MADDUX
Was the supervisor of the Fender Custom Shop. Dave currently oversees the production of factory special run guitars, which are limited-edition instruments for special customers.

ISSAC JANG
Has studied under, and worked for master guitar builder Kathy Wingert since 2007. Some of his notable clients include Tommy Emmanuel, David Crosby, The Doobie Brothers, Stephen Bennett, Stephen Bishop, and Jesus Culture Band.

FACILITIES

  • Full production sound stages and recording studios
  • Fully equipped 24/7 practice facilities and computer labs with the latest industry standard equipment
  • Concert Hall access, with full audio/video recording capabilities
  • Multiple performance and recording studios available for student practice
  • Security on campus 24/7

SUCCESS STORIES

AARON MERCER
SLUGHTER CUSTOM GUITARS

ANDY HICKS
JACKSON GUITARS CUSTOM SHOP

JOSEPH RINCON
FENDER CUSTOM SHOP

RAFAEL BARAJAS
SCHECTER USA CUSTOM

MIKE WALKER
B.C. RICH

STEVEN MATHERS
COLLINGS

JOSH CONTRERAS
G+L GUITARS

AUSTIN MCNUTT
THORN GUITARS

WHY MI?

New Technology

MI offers a digital-based BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) curriculum, providing a comprehensive music education with exclusive downloadable eBooks available on any mobile platform.

Professional

Instructors are working professionals, touring and recording with top artists, who bring their experiences back to the classroom.

24-7 Access

Over 75 Private practice labs, 12 performance rehearsal rooms and 30 project recording studios are available for all your needs.

Hollywood Campus

MI’s state-of-the-art campus in the heart of the entertainment industry has a Concert Hall, computer labs, classrooms with full backline and a fully-equipped Music Library.

Personalized

Small class sizes, private lessons and Open Counseling sessions mean you get personalized attention and guidance from a variety of instructors.

All Music

500+ courses are offered every academic Quarter, covering a wide variety of core & elective subjects in music and the entertainment industry.

READY TO ROCK?

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QUESTIONS?

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COURSE CATALOG

Program requirements of our music school, as well as tuition for individual programs, and course information.