The Butler School

of Piano Technology


A Home Study Course in Piano Technology

OUR MISSION: This course is designed to give you the knowledge and develop the skills that are needed to pass the Certification Exams offered by the Piano Technicians Guild. If you would like to become a professional piano technician, ready to handle routine tuning, service, and repair, then why not qualify as Registered Piano Technician - RPT - member of the Piano Technicians Guild. If you're an Associate member of PTG, we invite you to enroll in our school and prepare to pass the PTG certification Exams! Here's a nice video that you might enjoy watching to learn a little bit about our profession.

Why Choose the Butler School?

chatboxesOne excellent reason is that you’ll receive ‘one on one’ instruction. But how does that work with a correspondence course on aural tuning? With YouTube’s technical advances, you can use your iPhone, iPad, video camera, or another equivalent device to easily and quickly upload your video exams to YouTube. You then send me a link to your video via email. I’ll watch it and give you specific and personal feedback. With my comments in hand, you can then go back and observe and listen to your own work. It’s proved to be an effective component of the school which helps me get to know each student and their individual needs. Read more.

Is it for you?

PersonbigPiano Technology is a good profession for those who like to work independently. Piano technicians report a high level of job satisfaction, a low-stress level, and a serious commitment to continued personal and professional growth. With a solid education, you could eventually work in concert halls, colleges and universities, recording studios, retail stores and in many other exciting settings. However, most technicians will develop their own business and service pianos in the area in which they live. Click here for FAQ

Your Instructor: Rick Butler, RPT - for over 45 years!

Rick served as one of the Concert Artist Technicians for Steinway & Sons in Washington D.C. for many years. His service as concert technician includes many years with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center, Washington Performing Arts Society, and the White House. Read more

Rick Butler, RPT