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Why Join PTG?

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The Piano Technicians Guild is a non-profit organization of dedicated individuals working together to better their abilities and their profession. Through these efforts, they make substantial contributions to our musical culture and to preservation of the piano's musical heritage.

As a member of PTG you'll receive the latest information on piano manufacturing technology, and tuning and servicing techniques that will help you use your time more efficiently, and thus increase your income. You'll be able to communicate with other professionals who share your problems, and you'll benefit from group insurance rates. Each month you'll receive the Piano Technicians Journal, with a wealth of technical information on tuning, repairing and rebuilding pianos. PTG sponsors an annual conference where seminars and workshops are presented on a wide variety of piano technology subjects. Other educational opportunities are available at local, state and regionally sponsored meetings and conferences. PTG has a strict code of professional conduct, and members are asked to conform to a set of ethical standards.

When you join the PTG, you must become a member of a local chapter. We urge applicants to attend a meeting of our San Francisco chapter, where you will meet piano technicians in your area. Go to the Coming Events page on this website for details of the next chapter meeting.

Visit the international PTG website for career information.

Piano Technician as a Career Choice

Piano technicians are trained to tune, repair and adjust pianos and maintain them in top condition. Many technicians combine their love of music with the highly skilled profession of piano technology.

Skills required - Normal hearing, patience, average finger dexterity and a willingness to learn. A musical background is not required, though helpful. Piano work involves moderate physical activity, so physical fitness is important. Age and gender are not a factor. Those interested in self-employment need skills in operating a small business. Successful technicians have good organizational and communication skills and enjoy working with the public.

Working Conditions - Most piano technicians are self-employed. They work for private clients, music stores, other technicians, manufacturers, schools, churches and other institutional and performance settings. It's a good profession for those who like to work independently. It offers a flexible schedule and a lot of local travel.

Income Potential - Full-time, experienced techs can average $35,000 to $75,000 a year, depending on location and willingness to work hard. A good business can be built in 3 to 5 years. Extra income can come from rebuilding, piano rentals and sales. There are over 17 million pianos in the U.S. and the need for qualified technicians will continue to grow.

Training - People learn to become piano technicians in many different ways. They enroll in residential schools, correspondence programs and apprenticeships. A list of piano technology programs is available at the PTG international website. Entry level training requires 6 months to 2 years, but allow 2 to 5 years of training and practice to develop competence. Tuition costs range from $1,000 (correspondence) to $11,000 (academic programs). Continuing education is available through the PTG, manufacturers and schools. PTG publishes the only trade-specific magazine in the field, the Piano Technicians Journal, and they also publish many other technical and reference materials.

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