|The Academy of Musical Science and Technology (AMST)
is the place where you can take instructor-led courses on all aspects
of the musical acoustics and musical instrument building,
including ergonomics, technology, decoration...
History, iconography, organology and musicology are also included
subjects as related to the design, construction and operation of the
instruments, but the AMST is not devoted to music, music theory and music
performance except in their relation with the science and technology of the
have been building guitars since 1969, and teaching guitar making since
1985. Before opening Luthiers School International (formerly Luthiers School
Pan-Galactic, but that seemed too grandiose), I was director of the American
School of Lutherie, in its second Healdsburg, California incarnation. Before
that I ran the Luthiers School of the Rockies. I have had the good fortune
to work with students from such diverse places as Australia, China,
Thailand, Malaysia, Dominican Republic, Spain, Japan, and Texas. You guess
the hardest to communicate with! My goal in teaching lutherie is not to
create the best luthiers in the world; I will be happier if I can nurture
some luthiers toward the guitars they truly wish to build. Building guitars
is not difficult. A well-trained monkey could probably do it; just ask my
new associate. However, making really good guitars, really interesting
guitars, guitars that are true to the vision of the luthiers who build them,
is very difficult. When you leave LSI hopefully you will be equipped to
continue the journey of discovery that I believe lutherie to be. Some
students never build another guitar. One was their goal. Others have gone on
to be professional luthiers. I create my own competition, if you will. It
keeps me on my toes. Not all students who come to LSI have experience as
woodworkers. I do not teach lutherie as an excercise in woodworking,
although on some level it is one of the highest forms of woodworking. I
teach guitarmaking as a series of steps to be considered, understood,
executed, and reconsidered. I love it when a husband and wife take the class
together, or a father and son or daughter, of brothers. I have had all of
these combinations and they all have left alive and well, sharing a new
understanding of guitars, if not each other! Lutherie is one of the few
areas where no matter how good you become, there is always more to learn. As
Robert Lundberg said, and I paraphrase: The study of lutherie is not about
the perfection of the guitar; it is about the improvement of the guitarmaker.
Come to LSI, have a great time, get really tired, leave with a guitar that
you made from scratch.
We offer a unique and intensive hands-on program in
such fields as guitar building, furniture making & turning. Our degrees and
certificates are suited to fit your goals, whether it's pursuing a career in
woodworking/lutherie, or merely honing your skills as a hobbyist.
The approach we take is a combination of old-world
and modern techniques, providing the most comprehensive woodworking and
lutherie education available in the region. The breadth of experience at Red
Rocks is second to none. We provide a variety of excellent courses in three
paths of learning - furniture, craft and lutherie. Our classes are scheduled
in the day, evening and during the weekend in order to allow students to
further their education without interrupting their careers.
The AMST is committed to making the best education in the world available
to any person who seeks it. We envision people throughout the world getting
access to world-leading education that has so far been available only to a
tiny few. For many reasons we believe that high-level education must be much
more available and affordable than it is now. We see people using this
education to improve their lives and the communities they live in, avoiding
myths and misconceptions that easily grow when the knowledge is not
We see a future where world-leading educators and top-notch universities
serve thousands instead of hundreds. In this future the online conversation
between educators and students will take place, and the internet is the
place where students go to for most of their academic needs.
The AMST offer several in-person, blended and on-line
courses and workshops.
For self-teaching we also offer a free access to many documents
through our Encyclopaedia
of Musical Science and Technology.