Third European training school on violin acoustics – Mittenwald, 22-26 april 2019


Day 1 – Monday 22 April

17:00-18:00 Reception/registration
18:00-19:30 Basic violin acoustics by Claudia Fritz

Day 2 – Tuesday 23 April

9:00-10:30 Lecture on acoustics at the Mittenwald instrument making school by Richard Stelz
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-12:00 Lecture on what we have learned from our psychoacoustical tests by Claudia Fritz
12:00-13:00 Listening test led by Claudia Fritz
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-18:00 Practical sessions (in small groups) based on experiments on violins focussing on bass bar / bridge / soundpost and plates adjustment and caracterization.

Pratical work will focus on bridge mobility measurements , modal analysis , internal cavity measurements, designing listening tests.

18:30-19:30 Theory lecture by Marthe Curtit, Itemm

Day 3 – Wednesday 24 April

09:00-10:30 Theory lecture by Colin Gough
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-13:00 Listening test, part 2. led by Claudia Fritz
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-18:00 Practical sessions (in small groups) as day 2.
18:30-19:30 Theory lecture on wood properties [to be confirmed]

Day 4 – Thursday 25 April

09:00-10:30 Theory lecture  by George Stoppani
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-13:00 Listening test, part 3. led by Claudia Fritz
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-18:00 Practical sessions (in small groups) as day 2 and day 3
18:30-19:30 Practical session on making your own low-cost hammer by Colin Gough

Day 5 – Friday 26 April

09:00-13:00 Presentation of the main findings of each project by the participants
13:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-16:00 Lecture on the Bilbao Project by Claudia Fritz and George Stoppani
16:00-17:00 Closing discussion


Makers are invited to bring an instrument (violin, viola and/or cello) so these can be used in the listening tests as well as being measured (bridge mobility, internal cavity response, …). Makers who bring a violin as “first” instrument can bring a viola or cello as additional instrument (and vice versa…), to ensure we have enough cellos and violas for listening tests!


Participants will have to arrange and pay for their own accommodation during their stay in Mittenwald.



Staatliche Berufsfachschule für Musikinstrumentenbau Mittenwald

Schöttlkarstraße 17,
D-82481 Mittenwald,


Tuition fees

IMPORTANT: Please register before 20th February 2019

International participants

In order to give access to the training to more international participants, we have decided to reduce fees for international participants.

Lunches, Monday evening meal, coffee/tea breaks are included.
Total cost: €580 (training €530 / subsistence : €50)


Participants from France

French participants will get support from FAFCEA.  The refund procedure will be explained and organised by ITEMM at the time of registration.

 Lunches, Monday evening meal, coffee/tea breaks are included.
 Total cost: €930 (training €880 / subsistence €50)


This training school is jointly organised by:

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.

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