How the Course Works
Our course removes the traditional boundaries of time and location to offer you the flexibility not often found in other academic situations. You can set your own pace and choose the most convenient time and place to study and practice. You are not required to participate in a physical classroom.
Of course, you’ll need a traditional acoustic piano that can be used to practice tuning and perform other specific tasks. It can be a vertical or grand piano in reasonable working order. If possible, it should be a piano that does not serve a dual purpose. For example, if you teach piano or play the piano, you will want to have that piano in good tune at all times. You will not want to disturb the stability of such an instrument by practicing tuning, ect. However, a dedicated piano to practice tuning is not always possible.
Our course uses printed materials and access to our new on-line video library. Here is example of our Instructional Videos that come with our course:
Setting the Pitch: Play Video
Students use a self-study guide (Course Workbook) in place of classroom instruction. Using this resource as a guide, you can monitor your progress. If you have any questions, you can email them to us for comments. Aural Tuning exams are recorded on video and uploaded to YouTube to be evaluated. Written exams are submitted via email. We will provide feedback either via email or video.
Most phones, iPads and tablets used today, are easy and convenient to use to make and upload videos to YouTube. Our students make the videos 'unlisted', and just email us the link to the video. It's really very easy.
We encourage all students to join the Piano Technicians Guild and attend the local meetings. After completion of the course, we suggest that you take the certification exams to become a 'Registered Piano Technician' (RPT). As an RPT, you will have your contact information listed on the Guild's website where people in your area can find you and arrange for you to service their pianos. It's a great way to build your business. See ptg.org
Continued Education for Piano Technicians
There are many members of the Piano Technicians Guild who would like to become RPT's. While our course is well suited for beginners, it is also designed for those Associate Members of PTG who wish to pass their Certification Exams becoming Registered Piano Technicians. In fact, some of our students are currently Guild members, having been tuning for many years.
Some of our more experienced students are working on those skills related to tuning and servicing pianos used in performance. We have extensive experience at the concert level, working with artist from around the world. Some of our workshops are specifically directed toward regulating and voicing performance venue pianos.
Outside of the course, we offer specific training related to working with piano dealers, and how to service brand new pianos right out of the box. This has proved to be a very important subject for three reasons. Not only does this training help you prepare new pianos, but it also helps you to service them after the sale. Your confidence in working with these piano goes a long way in helping you establish a good relationship with the customer who purchased the piano. A third benefit is that it proves extremely useful in understanding how to work with pianos on the Concert Stage. Click here to read about how we support our students.