Become a Piano Tuner



One Year Course in Piano Technology — An intensive introduction to piano tuning and repairs.


The Piano Technology School is based in Northampton at the lovely Victorian School buildings home to Northampton Music and Performing Arts Trust. The programme is designed for individuals wishing to pursue a professional career in the piano trade. It focuses on piano tuning by ear, essential running repairs and grand and upright regulation. Our intensive teaching methods incorporate the best of traditional approaches to aural tuning combined with the use of cutting-edge professional tuning software; the integrated approach. This dramatically reduces the time students spend in the initial stages of learning to tune by ear.


Course Highlights:

Piano tuning by ear; Piano tuning with tuning software; Grand and upright regulation; Essential running repairs;
Psycho-accoustics; The physics of the piano; History and evolution of the piano; Piano construction and design;
Professional Development and work experience; Fully qualified and experienced teaching staff.

There are no set formal entry requirements, places are offered after a successful interview and assessment.

You may already have some experience working on pianos and want to develop your skills or be a music graduate who likes the idea of being independent and working for themselves, or perhaps a change of career or to complement your existing job.

Successful candidates can apply to become Students of The Piano Tuners' Association and attend PTA classes and training events. The course is designed to prepare individuals to take the PTA tuning and repairs test.

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Lincoln College offers courses in Musical Instrument Crafts — Piano Tuning, Maintenance and Repair

(Foundation / Advanced). The venue is at Newark College.


Course description (short version)

The Piano School is the UK centre of excellence for piano tuning, restoration and repair, designed for those who wish to work in the piano industry as a tuner or technician. This 3 year programme is designed to prepare successful learners with the skills needed to join the piano trade. It develops skills, techniques and understanding to a level based on commercial standards of quality and time. 
The course is based in new, specially-designed facilities equipped with workshops, tuning booths, classroom and common room. Teaching focuses on practical classes and demonstrations. 

Entry Requirements (short version) 

Interviews are held in the Spring and Summer terms each year. The interview day includes short written and practical tasks and an assessment of evidence of woodwork/craft skills. Applicants should bring evidence of things they have made to interview. Places are awarded on the basis of potential, commitment and aptitude. 

Progress and Assessment 

Practical work is reviewed and assessed regularly. A Newark College Diploma in Piano Tuning and Restoration can also be achieved at the end of the course to recognise and grade high quality work. 

Fees: There is an annual fee for study. The course fees for 2016/17 are £3000.00 for UK/EU students. This includes tuition, examination fees and materials. These fees are subject to annual review and are expected to increase next year. You may also need to buy some tools. Details are available at interview. Student Services Advisors can help assess the level of support available to you.

Piano Technology School:

Further information can be obtained from:



Lincoln College:

Further information can be obtained from:

Jill Maynard,

Programme Manager,

Performing Arts & Musical Instrument Crafts.

Telephone: 01522 876274