The Galloup school

Industry-Recognized Career Training

Every Galloup School Program and Class has evolved through decades of experience to develop training sessions that will give you a real knowledge of lutherie. You’ll build excellent instruments here and when you graduate you can say much more than “I made that.” You’ll understand guitar design, materials, construction and you’ll know why your guitars (and others) sound the way they do.

Below are the three primary options for training; the Journeyman Program (two months), the Technician Program (four months) and the Master Program (six months). Each program was developed by paying attention to what the industry demanded so students would get what they needed to secure a position in Lutherie. These programs are continuously being refined to stay current with the ever changing guitar market. It’s because of this philosophy that you can be sure you are getting the best technical Lutherie training possible.

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In addition to the three primary training options, we offer Graduate Classes (two month extensions), Enrichment Classes (evening and weekend intensives) and Featured Seminars (specialty sessions) each designed to expand your training and offer opportunities that are unique to the Galloup School.

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Flexible Training Options

Expandable class outlines are now offered and designed to elevate your lutherie skill to an advanced level. Class projects are offered so you can match the instruments you make with your area of interest and selected training schedule.

This makes it easier to customize your curriculum to better fit your business plan. No matter if your focus is electrics, acoustics or arch tops, I want to put the power of choice in your hands to more effectively design your training sessions.

From the basics to the business, you decide what’s the most practical training format to earn a living. The Galloup team is here to assist you in developing the correct curriculum to achieve your goals.

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Learn From the Best

It has always been Bryan’s policy that in order to be an effective instructor you have to be an active Luthier contributing to the luthier community through research and design or selling instruments in the open market at the highest level.

The Galloup School’s staff includes some of the most respected, in-demand Luthiers in modern Lutherie. In addition, the Galloup team has invented new products such as sound analyzing software that recognize algorithms in instrument design and tone wood. These inventions are molding the future of lutherie.

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Bryan has always had one of the finest guitar shops in the world. Throughout the years the Galloup shop has grown into an 11,000 square foot facility all dedicated to instrument restorations, custom instrument making and of course the Galloup School.

The shop was custom designed by Bryan to handle all operations in-house including wood re-sawing, instrument finishing, lectures, digital and media presentations and CNC/CAD services. As a student you will be exposed to these departments for a realistic introduction to Lutherie.

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Your Work Will Speak for Itself

The instruments you build will make a clear statement of the ground you’ve covered in guitar making. They are unique to the Galloup School and no Galloup student carries away work they didn’t accomplish on their own. This is our assurance to both you and to the guitar industry; your finished guitars willmake a statement of your commitment to the field and will be a great introduction to your ability as a luthier.

Industry Recognized Career Training

After 35 plus years of operation, graduates of the Galloup School are working in every facet of the business from music stores to guitar manufacturers to apprenticeships with some of the world’s most prestigious Master Luthiers.

In addition, other entrepreneurial minded graduates have successfully opened their own shops or started their own line of guitars.

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Free Housing

Click here for more information about Free Housing offered to Master, Journeyman and Technician students. Rest easy – you’ve got a great place to stay.

Financial Options

Click here for more information about Financial Assistance for qualifying veterans and for other payment options.

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