Build Your Own Musical Instrument

Schedule and Location

Saturday, March 2, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Research Building

Fees and Registration

$65.00 member
$76.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)

BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course Description


Learn to make wood sing in this build-your-own musical instrument class. Wood is an integral part of many musical instruments. It’s the foundation of string instruments such as guitars, violins, pianos, as well as struck instruments such as xylophones and marimbas. This class will explore how science principles and wood craftsmanship are used to create musical instruments from a variety of softwoods and hardwoods. Each student will build and take home one functioning xylophone or dulcimer-like instrument.

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Dave Dolak,luthier

Dave Dolak has built and restored string instruments for 25 years and has been featured as guitar soloist and member of folk and rock ensembles since 1975. An active member of the Guild of American Luthiers, Dave is also a Professor of Instruction  in the Science and Math Department, Columbia College, Chicago.

Course Details

Notes: Held indoors. Registration closes February 22 (at 11:59 CST). Ages 16+. Limit 12
Supplies: All supplies included.

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Build Your Own Musical Instrument