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Summer 2024 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


String Instrument Repair


July 30-August 1, 2024

Course Code



2 Graduate Credits


$850 is due in full with registration.


String repair for the music educator.  This course will offer hands-on practice on a wide array of skills ranging from changing strings to carving, duplicating, shaping and fitting a new bridge.  Sound post re-setting and fabrication, slipping and sticking pegs, removing an endpin from inside a cello and more.  More topics are welcomed based on participant interest.

Many music educators are interested in basic string repair and are looking for experience. Here is the  opportunity.  Old clothes are highly recommended.

*Please bring violins, violas, or cellos to work on – multiple instruments are welcome.  (“Stock/School” quality instruments are recommended.)

Class Dates: (Every class will meet from 8:00AM to 5:00PM CST. at
VanderCook College of Music, 3140 S Federal St. Chicago, IL 60616)

NOTE: This course is limited to 12 participants.

Housing Information


Chat Session

This course meets in person. Class Dates: (Every class will meet from 8:00AM to 5:00PM CST. at VanderCook College of Music, 3140 S Federal St. Chicago, IL 60616)



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Learning Platform Information (Online Courses Only)

Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

The evening  before your class begins, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit to login. 

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.

More information about Schoology can be found at

Please see specific software/hardware requirements in the course description.

Online course grades are available within two weeks of the course(s) completion.  If you need a transcript, please CLICK HERE to access the online transcript request form. For a faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).


Everett Gary

Gary Everett

Instrument Repair

Gary Everett is a retired band director and department co-chair from the Oak Creek/Franklin Joint School District in Oak Creek WI.  He previously held the position of chief tester at the G. LeBlanc Corporation’s headquarters in Kenosha, WI, where he was responsible for final inspection, repairs, final regulation and play-testing of all woodwind instruments before distribution. Everett also coordinated with visiting professional musicians, represented LeBlanc at area trade shows, and was a speaker during factory tours. Everett is owner and head technician of Everett Piano Services, a business dedicated to tuning, repair and restoration of pianos and related keyboard instruments.  Gary is co-owner of In Tune Piano Supply, an online piano tools and parts sales company.  He is a professional-level member of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT), an associate member of the Piano Technicians Guild (PTG), and has been associated with the American Music Educators Repair Association (AMERA).

Everett has taught numerous repair clinics, lectured and served as an onsite repair technician for multiple school districts and colleges. Everett is active in the local music community as a musician for area bands, show bands and orchestras, including the Kenosha Pops Concert Band. Everett holds a bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, and a master’s degree in instrumental music education from VanderCook.

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3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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