Music Preservation for Musicians at Home – Online Workshop

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Music Preservation for Musicians at Home – Online Workshop

June 29-July 3, 2020 / Monday–Friday (times TBA)
Alice Carli, instructor

This workshop is no longer accepting registrations. 

Watch Alice’s course overview video HERE!

The annual Sibley Music Preservation Workshop, normally an intensive hands-on class for music librarians using the state-of-the-art lab at the Sibley Music Library of the Eastman School of Music, is moving, for this special summer, to your kitchen table! Alice Carli, a conservator with thirty years’ experience binding, repairing and digitizing books and musical scores, will teach you how to set up a bookbinding studio, bind new books, and preserve your beloved collection in your home. A combination of instructional videos and Zoom conferencing will give you demonstrations you can refer to over and over, plus one-on-one questions and answers about dealing with your particular collection and its issues. As always, the instructor will give special attention to questions and problems brought by students. The price of the course will entitle you to full access to the videos, daily Zoom conferencing during the first week of the course, and phone or video consultation during the rest of the summer session.

The course will cover:

  • Conservation supplies and substitutes from around the house
  • Triage – common problems and what can be done at home
  • Page repair – erasing, repairing tears, strengthening corners and edges
  • Soaking and deacidification  
  • Digitization, finding scans to print, printing options
  • Creating and guarding folios (i.e. making book signatures and sheet music pamphlets)
  • Sewing pamphlets, making thicker books, and repairing bound books

Also open to non-musicians! Here are some situations that you may find yourself in:

  • You bought an opera score at a flea market and want to put the beautiful old cover back on before giving it to your best friend who loves opera
  • Your child has started learning clarinet and there are pages of 22 different pieces scattered over their room
  • You want to make a nice binding for the sheaf of information you printed out while researching your family history
  • Five friends have taken up journaling and you want to give them personalized blank books
  • Your teenage kids want a low-budget summer activity

For more information, contact Alice Carli at

$200 / noncredit     CRN 37087

“Great, patient, very knowledgeable instructor. I learned a lot about materials to use in preservation, approaches to treating problem materials or finding replacements. And most importantly, I got materials fixed at this workshop that would otherwise have been sitting in preservation backlog for eons!” – 2019 participant

Click HERE to register