I highly recommend Rick Butler's school for anyone wanting to learn the art of piano tuning and repair. Whether you're completely new or already working in the field, Rick knows how to take you through the process step by step with his course designed to help you pass the Piano Technicians Guild RPT exam. I really appreciate being able to work at my own pace (whether it's a surge to get a bunch done vs needing to take various breaks for family reasons) and his prompt responses to course work and video exams. He always gives individualized feedback, which is really something nowadays with overstuffed class sizes and anonymous online courses.
If you are trying to decide what piano technology school to attend. The Butler School of Piano Technology is the one! I completed two other popular correspondence schools and I still did not feel confident enough to adequately tune pianos. I knew the procedure, however, I did not know “why” I was doing what I was doing. It was very hard to receive the much needed feedback from the other schools. The Butler School will not only teach you what to do, it will teach you why you do it. Also, if you run into problems, help is only an e-mail or phone call away. The exam feedback you will receive from The Butler School is very clear and concise, as well as, encouraging. I have no doubt that not only will I be a competent technician, I will also be able to pass the Piano Technicians Guild’s RPT exam. If you are interested in becoming a piano technician this is the school for you.
Rick Butler loves teaching, and it shows. I can’t say enough good things about his skill as a teacher. He is patient, pleasant and focused; perceptive; knowledgeable without arrogance, open-minded; methodical but flexible.
As his student I consistently feel valued, respected, encouraged, and challenged. Rick communicates the joy of learning, even when one is being guided through a topic or skill that is uncongenial. He knows how to inspire the student to do their best work as well as how to help them improve the level of that work.
I struggled with Aural Tuning for some years in the absence of a competent teacher. Rick has enabled me to greatly increase my skill. I feel quite fortunate to have the opportunity to study with him.
I started taking this course as a piano player, with no experience in piano tuning or technology. I was nervous about starting out in a completely new field, but Rick quickly put those concerns to rest.
His course is very well designed. The concepts are presented in a logical flow, with each new concept building on what you’ve already learned. I think anyone could start this course with no experience, and come out of it with all the knowledge and skills required to become an RPT.
Rick is very attentive and engaged as a teacher. In addition to the core concepts, Rick offers individualized instruction and mentoring. I went from feeling very unsure, to finding I could understand each concept and become confident in each new skill.
I now feel that I am armed with all the knowledge, skills, and abilities that are needed to be a successful RPT. I recommend Rick's course to anyone who wants to achieve that goal.
Rick Butler’s course is designed for success with many different learning styles. There is a reading component, a video component, and a feedback component. Not only does he explain and demonstrate, he takes you through exercises that develop both physical and intellectual skills needed to succeed at a particular task. The video component allows him to evaluate students individually so he can meet their distinct needs. Well done!
When I decided to change careers later in my life to become a Piano Technician, joining The Butler School of Piano Technology was the best decision I could have made to accelerate my career path. The course material is detailed, very well assembled and designed to not only explain how you do it but why you do it and the technology that defines it.
Rick is highly knowledgeable, very patient, quite thorough in his explanations and responses to coursework and questions, and his swift turn around times and accessibility mean that you’re never waiting long to move forward.
I Highly recommend The Butler Course to anyone who wants to get into the business quickly and with the confidence and knowledge required to perform as a competent, professional technician.
"Rick Butler is a top-notch technician and a highly sought-after instructor in the piano world. His course gave me an extremely solid foundation in aural tuning, and prepared me to tackle all three RPT exams successfully. I had never even heard of the Piano Technicians Guild until I began Rick's course, but it has since become a significant part of my life and I am very grateful for the course's emphasis on joining. The Butler School was one of the best decisions I ever made, and I will always consider Rick a mentor and friend."
"As a working musician and teacher, I was looking for ways to expand my income. Rick at The Butler School provides a fun yet challenging course into the world of piano technology.”