The Electronics4you, the organization of the Registered Piano Technician, is the premier source of expertise in piano service and technology. Our Resources area has information for tuners, technicians, teachers, piano owners and pianists. A career in piano technology is unique and very rewarding. After completing this course you will be able to work in concert halls, colleges and universities, recording studios, retail stores and in many other exciting settings.
- Skilled Required
Normal hearing, patience, average finger dexterity, and a willingness to learn are needed in this field. A musical background is not required. Skills and knowledge in cabinetmaking and piano design are important for those who are interested in piano rebuilding. Whether you enroll in an established school, apprentice with another technician or choose to study on your own, a core curriculum in piano technology typically includes the following subjects:
- Tuning Theory and Terminology.
- Tuning Procedures.
- Piano Parts and How They Function.
- Common Field Repairs.
- Action Regulation.
- Tone Regulation.
- Business Practices.
- Piano History and Design.
Piano technicians are trained to tune, repair and adjust pianos to improve their sound and touch. Full-service piano technicians can diagnose problems in the mechanical functioning of pianos and fix those problems so owners can enjoy their pianos for years to come.
The majority of piano technicians are self-employed. Others work for music stores, other technicians, manufacturers, school systems, colleges and universities, or in other institutional and performance settings. Piano technology is a good profession for those who like to work ndependently. Because most work is done in private homes, it offers a flexible schedule and a large amount of local travel. Piano technicians report a high level of job satisfaction, a low stress level, and a serious commitment to continued personal and professional growth.
What You Will Learn In A Piano Technology Training Program
- Whether you enroll in an established school, apprentice with another technician or choose to study on your own, a core curriculum in piano technology typically includes the following subjects:
• Tuning Theory and Terminology
• Tuning Procedures
• Piano Parts and How They Function
• Common Field Repairs
• Action Regulation
• Tone Regulation
• Business Practices
• Piano History and Design
Advanced training may include the skills and knowledge needed for concert tuning, specialty repairs, reconditioning, and rebuilding.
If you decide to start your own business you will want to seek training in the operation of a small business, financial management, taxation, marketing, and customer service. Technicians usually own their own tools, so plan on making an investment in supplies and
- Courses for Beginning Students include tools, parts, repair supplies and a vertical action model, which is one key of a piano set into a framework so students can practice removing and replacing parts, as well as learn regulating techniques, without having the other 87 notes in the way. Tools include tuning, repairing and regulating tools, and are outlined later in this catalog. Repair parts and supplies include sample parts students can use to practice many of the repair techniques they learn in the course.
A career in piano technology is unique and very rewarding. With a solid education you will be able to work in concert halls, colleges and universities, recording studios, retail stores and in many other exciting settings.
Registered Piano Technicians are professionals who have committed themselves to the continual pursuit of excellence, both in technical service and ethical conduct.
- ncome for full-time, experienced technicians employed in this trade can average between Rs.10,000 and Rs.25,000 or more a year depending on location and initiative. Most technicians are self-
employed and can build a good business within three to five years.