Piano Technicians Guild is a professional non profit organization
of piano tuners and technicians that promotes the highest standards
of piano tuning and technical services.
is a Registered Piano Technician?
Piano Technicians are piano tuner-technicians who have passed
three rigorous examinations that are held by the Piano Technicians
Guild Inc. The first examination is a written exam which is used
to assess general knowledge of pianos. The second examination
is a "hands on" regulation and repair test to assess
general skills of craftsmanship on upright and grand pianos. The
third examination is the tuning exam. In all of these examinations,
a standard of 80 percent must be achieved to become a Registered
Piano Technician with the Piano
Technicians Guild, Inc.
Of course, the best way to investigate any piano is to simply
hire a Registered Piano Technician. There are two excellent books
on how to buy a piano. One is called "The
Piano Book". The other is the "Piano
Buyers Guide" by Larry Fine.
BC Chapter now has its own website. http://southwestbcchapter.wordpress.com/
often should my piano be tuned?
Most manufacturers suggest that all pianos be tuned at least 3
to 4 times a year when they are new and 1 or 2 times per year
after that. Sadly, only a very small number of pianos receive
regular attention. Many children play on pianos that are horribly
out of tune or pianos that have major technical problems. A few
kids will tolerate sub standard pianos but many will just give
up and quit.
The Piano Technicians Guild Home Page has a lot of resources for
Piano Teachers including lesson plans and teaching tools. Look
for this information here.
Roles: Three hundred years of life with the piano
by James Parakilas and others. A stunning cultural history of
the musical and social roles that the piano has played in its
long and amazing career. Please check out this book at: http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=9780300083514
and the effects of music on the brain
Studies have shown that children who are exposed to piano keyboards
at an early age, score 30% higher on math and science examinations
in school. These startling new findings have been featured on
CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC archived broadcasts.
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Updated, May 4, 2014.
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