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PTG-CanadaThe 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.

What is a Registered Piano Technician?

Registered 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.

Buying a Piano?
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.  

The Southwest BC Chapter now has its own website. http://southwestbcchapter.wordpress.com/

How 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.

Piano Teacher Resources
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.

Piano 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

Kids 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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