The primary objective of the program is to provide individuals with fundamental skills and knowledge necessary to enter the violin making and repair field as professionals. Program emphasis is on quality craftsmanship in the tradition of the 17th and 18th century classical masters whose models and methods of construction are studied and utilized. The school's workshop setting facilitates interaction between instructors and students on an individual and small group basis. A balance of flexibility and structure allows for the development of disciplined work habits as well as technical skills. Students are encouraged to recognize their own strengths and weaknesses while developing their eye and sense of style. It is expected that graduates will leave the program and enter the violin making and repair field with necessary entry-level skills, confidence in those skills, and the desire to expand their knowledge and advance their skills to the highest level possible.