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ITEMM Third European Training School on Violin Acoustics

This is the third European training school in acoustics for violin makers. The first one took place at ITEMM in Le Mans (France) in February 2017, at the end of which it was decided to organise one yearly, each time in a different making school across Europe. The second training school has been hosted by the Department of Musical Instrument Making of the School of Arts in Ghent (Belgium). The third one will be hosted by the Staatliche Musikinstrumentenbauschule Mittenwald (state vocational school for instrument making in Mittenwald) in April 2019.

Returning faculty includes George Stoppani (violin maker and researcher in Manchester, UK), Claudia Fritz (researcher at Sorbonne Université, Paris, France), Colin Gough (emeritus professor at University of Birmingham, UK) and Marthe Curtit (innovation hub coordinator and acoustic teacher at ITEMM, France). New lecturer is Richard Stelz, acoustic teacher at Mittenwald school for instrument making.

This training school will address various topics regarding the acoustics of bowed string instruments, such as the violin’s acoustical functioning, modal analysis, psycho-acoustics and measurement techniques. There is no requirement of having attended before to enrol. The programme consists of a well-balanced mix of theory lectures, practical sessions and sound evaluations. Participants are invited to bring a self-built instrument (violin, viola, cello) to be included in the listening tests/and or to be used in various acoustical measurements.