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December, 17, 2021
03:45 PM - 04:45 PM


W 181


Chad Walker

Chad Walker

My Instrument Isn't Working...What Now? Wind Instrument Repair Techniques for the Music Educator.

Clinic Synopsis:

Wind instrument repair techniques for music educators. Having taught instrument repair to future and current music educators since 1999, I have had a unique experience in learning what repair techniques are most effective and easiest to master. This presentation will highlight these techniques and exact links and part numbers will be given for all needed supplies and tools. This will allow attendees to practice the exact techniques with the tools and supplies from the presentation.

Chad Walker - Biographical Information

Chad Walker- Wind Instrument Repair Specialist. I graduated with a music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1994. After a short stint as a musician on a cruise ship, I started an apprentice program with Ed Strege at Badger State Repair (an overhaul shop in southeast Wisconsin). From there I was hired by Bill Mathews at the Music Shoppe in Champaign-Urbana and took over managing their repair department when Bill left for another position. In 1999 I started my own shop in Macomb, IL and began working for Western Illinois University, maintaining the School of Music’s instruments and teaching a repair course. I currently work in the University of Iowa School of Music and teach a course in instrument repair. I live in Iowa City with my wife Tammie (Director of the University of Iowa School of Music) and our four children. I repair both woodwind and brass instruments. Due to my extensive training I feel equally skilled repairing both, and enjoy the variety that offers. I am Straubinger certified and a member of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians.