String Repair & Maintenance Basics

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Registration for all spring courses begins November  21, 2017.
On-campus weekend courses are held Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., unless otherwise indicated.
3-Credit Tuition Promotions:
November 20- December 25, 2018 $970
December 26- Jan 15, 2018 $995
January 16- End of Registration for Online Courses $1,020
1-Credit Tuition
$340 (No Promotional Pricing)
There are many aspects of repairing and maintaining string instruments and bows that music educators can accomplish in the school setting with simple tools available at any hardware store. This course offers hands-on practice on a wide array of skills ranging from changing strings and bridge-shaping to replacing a tail gut. Attendees are encouraged to bring an instrument on which to practice.


David Eccles is a native of Norfolk, VA, and the son of a music educator. He currently serves as Director of String Music Education and Orchestral Activities at VanderCook, having previously held string education positions in Virginia and Florida. An active conductor and cellist, Eccles has held conducting and music director positions with the Florida State University Summer Music Camps, Tallahassee Symphony Youth Orchestra, Southwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, Greater Miami Youth Symphony, Jubilate Youth Orchestra, and Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra. He has served as a guest conductor for various state, county, regional and community orchestras. Eccles is also a clinician for the Hal Leonard Corporation.
Eccles is currently completing his doctoral studies at Florida State University. He holds a Master of Music Degree in music education from University of Miami (Florida) and bachelor's degree in music and media from Norfolk State University. His principal teachers include Elizabeth Eccles, Laurien Laufman, Ross Harbaugh and Dr. Michael Allen. His most influential lessons have come from scores of energetic students and thoughtful colleagues who continue to be a constant source of inspiration.
Eccles is a member of NAfME, Phi Mu Alpha, Phi Kappa Lambda, and serves as president of the Illinois Chapter of American String Teachers Association. He also serves as administrative vice-president of the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra Board.


Instructor: David Eccles

1-Credit Tuition: $340
Course Code: 6968
Dates: April 7-8
Location: VanderCook College of Music (3140 S Federal St. Chicago, Il 60616)
Room: 225
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VanderCook College of Music

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

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