Frequently Asked

Our Commitment to Affordability

The bottom line is; if the cost of training exceeds the ability to make a living and recuperate the price of the training, then there is an issue. Bryan’s goal is to offer training with no hidden cost that a person can afford without running up excessive student loan debt. Additionally, affordable housing was added so students did not have the burden of expensive student housing and the hassle of locating it.  

If you compare the price of training at the Galloup School to other comparable Lutherie training programs where things like materials, cases, tools and housing are extra, you will find the Galloup School is more cost effective by 20% or more. Then if you check the curriculum, the Galloup team covers more valuable information in less time making the most of your educational dollar.

Which class is best for me

First, our Journeyman Class is a great stand alone training session that will cover the foundations of Lutherie to get you started. If expenses are your issue, this is the class you should be looking at. Additionally, it’s the first term for our continued training session, so at a later date you can come back and pick up where you left off. This class is just a smart class at a great value.

The Technician Class is the next level in Lutherie where we move from guitar making into musical instrument making. In the first term you learn how to operate in a shop and the outline to making a guitar. In term two you learn why the woods used make a difference and how to make you guitars more musical. If this is important to you, The Technician Class is best for your investment.

No Luthiers training is complete until they have carved an arch top plate out of a solid hunk of spruce. I interviewed many Master Lutheries when laying out the Masters Class outline and in all cases they said, arch top plate carving is a must for any inspiring Lutherie. Additionally, it’s that third instrument in a row in our six-month intensive training that best sets your skills as a Lutherie. So if you want to immerse yourself, this is the option we offer.

Graduate Classes are a recent additions, born by the expressed desire of students who want to advance their training into subjects that were not part of their original training options. This allows students who focused on electric guitars to experience acoustic guitar making. And for those who want to test their skills, Advanced Graduate Classes are available but some restrictions do apply.

Even though there are no hidden coasts associated with any of our programs, housing is a separate issue. As a service to our students we maintain housing that is rent free. We do however have an associated cleaning and maintenance fee. This keeps our housing in proper working order for you and future Galloup students. Our service charge is $600 per term, ($300 per month per room) and a $250 damage deposit that is returned at the end of your training. Housings are completely furnished including; full kitchen, furnishings, beds, dressers and all utilities included. High speed internet is available but activation and any associated fees are the responsibility of students and their room mates.

Veteran Options

Veteran’s Chapters and Programs

The Galloup School Of Guitar Building and Repair has always been proud of our over 25 year collaboration with The Office Of Veterans Affairs working with retired and disabled United States Military Personnel. But still many veterans don’t realize just how many possibilities they have available to them for training and rehabilitation after their military service has ended. There are several options available including;

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill®

Entered active duty on or after July 1, 1985. Visit the Department of Veterans Affairs at;

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation you must have a service connected disability. Visit the Department of Veterans Affairs at;

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Effective 8/1/2009)

You may be eligible if you served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001. Visit the Department of Veterans Affairs at;

Note: Once you elect to receive benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, you will no longer be eligible to receive benefits under the program from which you elect the Post – 9/11 GI Bill®.

Chapter 35: Survivors’ and Dependents Educational Assistance Program

Sons, daughters, spouses and surviving spouses of veterans who are deceased or are totally and permanently disabled as the result of a service connected injury. Visit the Department of Veterans Affairs at;

Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill® – Selected Reserve

A selected reservists must be enlisted, reenlist or extend and enlistment obligation in the selected reserve so that the reservist has/had an enlistment obligation to serve for a period of not less than 6 years following the date of such action, and this must be completed on or after July 1, 1985. Visit the Department of Veterans Affairs at

Chapter 1607 (REAP): Montgomery GI Bill® – Selected Reserve

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 ended REAP on November 25, 2015. Some individuals will remain eligible for REAP benefits until November 25, 2019, while others are no longer eligible for REAP benefits.

The post 9/11 GI Bill® in many ways has replaced REAP because it also provides educational assistance benefits for Reserve and National Guard members called to active duty on or after September 11, 2001, and in many cases provides a greater benefit than REAP.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). 
More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

Private Payment Options

Private Loans

Banks will assist with private loans.  Interest rates, terms and conditions will vary depending on various factors such as your credit score and any collateral available to secure the loan.  Terms vary and be careful about taking on debt with a variable interest rate.  If there is no collateral, banks offer unsecured loans but the amount of time to pay it back and the interest rate offered will be impacted.  Speak with your local financial institution to see what is available. 

College Plans

Many college plans allow funds to be used at institutions that are not accredited but you will likely incur a penalty so seek advice from a trained professional first.


This takes a lot of tenacity, but there are scholarships out there.  When searching, think craftsmanship, instrument making, and music, just to name a few. There are private companies and organizations that offer scholarships, too. As long as the Galloup School meets the criteria of the Scholarship and Scholarship Committee, we will accept scholarship funds.

Do you take international students?

We sure do. We have hosted students from Iceland to Australia, South Korea to Brazil and many places in between. An M-1 Student VISA is required to study in the United States and each country is a little different in the length of time it takes to get the VISA, so it is important to plan carefully.

With some basic information we will generate an I-20, which is the first step in getting you on your way to an exciting journey learning from the best.

Reach out to the school by calling (800) 278-0089 or through email at for more information.

What are the guitars I make like?

Every guitar made in the Galloup School was designed as a tool to develop your skills as a Luthier. It is Bryan’s philosophy that the projects at the Galloup School are not so much the actual instruments being made, but the students themselves and the ability for the student body to successfully absorb the curriculum. It was not Bryan’s goal to set low standards for the instruments to make the class easy, but rather to align the guitars to progress, setting new standards as the students advance through the school’s curriculum.

Therefore, the guitars made in the Galloup School are the most current by design- both physically and sonically. Even though the guitars you make will represent your progress as a student (quirks and all), the Galloup School’s staff are committed to guiding you through to completion to help you meet your goals as a student.

What is the school housing like?

Shortly after officially opening the Galloup School of Lutherie as a full-time, year-round vocational school, Bryan knew that one important factor for the success of his students was housing. His goal with housing was to offer perfectly adequate and efficient housing for his students during the course of their training. This includes a private room for each student, with no more that two students to one bath, and a full kitchen.

Currently the Galloup School’s housing has grown into seven houses that are maintained by a full-time staff, dedicated to making sure they meet the standards set by Bryan. As a student, the thing to note about the Galloup School’s house is that this is a free place for you to stay that is not included in the price of tuition. As a student, you will be spending your time with students from around the world who all have the same interest and goals as you do. Such housing is an ideal way to share your training experiences and make friendships and connections you will keep for the rest of your life.

What is Big Rapids like?

Big Rapids Michigan is iconic in the Lutherie world for it’s history of hosting some of Lutherie’s most prestigious events. Mostly due to the friendship between Dan Erlewine and Bryan Galloup, Big Rapids continues to to be a destination for aspiring Luthiers.

Big Rapids’ unique small-town atmosphere, with its many amenities- thanks to the local Ferris State University- makes it an ideal choice to focus on your training. As Dan Erlewine says:

“Big Rapids is just like Ann Arbor in the 60’s. For this reason, Big Rapids is an ideal location to immerse yourself into the Galloup School without the distractions and obstacles of a larger metropolitan area”.

-Dan Erlewine-

To the south of Big Rapids is Grand Rapids, a major upscale and growing community. Voted “Beer City USA” in national polls and named Best Beer Town and Best Beer Scene by USA TODAY, Grand Rapids is rich with the arts, music, and shopping.

To the north of Big Rapids is Traverse City, an area overflowing with natural beauty, world-class biking, hiking and vineyards, all on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan.


10840 Northland Drive 
Big Rapids, MI 49307

(800) 278-0089


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