Full Time Piano Tuning, Maintenance and Repair

In Lincoln

£ 1,750 + VAT

Description

  • Typology

    Vocational qualification

  • Location

    Lincoln

  • Duration

    3 Years

Description

This 3 year course 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. It assumes no prior knowledge of music, pianos or the piano trade, and is taught from the 'bottom up'. The Piano School is the UK centre of excellence for piano tuning.
Suitable for: 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.

Facilities

Location

Starts

Lincoln (Lincolnshire)
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Monks Road, LN2 5HQ

Starts

On request

To take into account

No formal qualifications required. Previous experience in woodwork, art or engineering is an advantage but each application is treated on its merits.

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Course programme

Full Time Piano Tuning, Maintenance and Repair

Course Description:
This 3 year course 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. It assumes no prior knowledge of music, pianos or the piano trade, and is taught from the 'bottom up'. 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.

Who is the course for?

This course 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.

Course Content:
Year one

Students gain practical experience in both piano tuning and piano repairs. The course centres on four main elements: piano tuning, chipping up, repairs to the mechanism including replacing felts, and case repair (French polishing). Other aspects include materials and their application, the history and development of the piano, woodworking for instrument makers and Health and Safety.

Year two and three

This covers all aspects of fine tuning on both upright and grand pianos. It also includes everything from minor maintenance tasks typically performed on customers' pianos, to full workshop restoration and refurbishment. The programme is workshop based and is very 'hands on'. Following initial demonstration and guidance, teaching and learning become increasingly self-directed as concepts and techniques are practised. Main elements include: upright and grand piano fine tuning, restringing, action (hammer mechanism) overhaul, setting up and regulating (making the piano 'work properly'), case restoration and polishing. This level also includes the study of acoustics and prepares students for employment or self employment by introducing basic business studies

Level:
Level 2 and 3

Course Type:
Full Time

Assessment and Progression:
Practical work is reviewed and internally assessed on an ongoing basis. One unit is externally tested at each level.

Progression
Former students enjoy a range of job opportunities either employed directly by retail shops and manufacturers or on a self-employed basis. The Steinway Company, amongst others, regularly recruits directly from the Piano School.

Successful completion of level 2 provides entry to level 3. Former students enjoy a range of job opportunities including employment by retail shops and manufacturers or on a self-employed basis. Successful completion also enables the College Diploma to be taken, and progression to HE provision in piano technology may also be an option.

Duration:
3 years full time

Full Time Piano Tuning, Maintenance and Repair

£ 1,750 + VAT