FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How much do piano tuners earn?
Well-trained, experienced piano tuners are in great demand in most metropolitan areas. The majority are self-employed and set their own work hours. Their average rate in New York City is $125 to $190 per tuning, typically one hour each, and averaging four tuning appointments daily with travel time.
Do I need any piano tuning experience to take the course?
Our course is designed to start with the basics; no experience with pianos or tools is needed.
Do I need to play the piano?
Anyone can learn to tune a piano, whether you play the piano or not. The piano is, however, one of the easiest instruments to learn, and we recommend you start taking basic piano lessons to advance your career.
Do I need to own a piano?
Learning to tune a piano, like learning to play the piano, will require daily practice. We recommend 30 minutes to 1 hour per day. If you don’t own a piano, we suggest you acquire one (there are many inexpensive or free pianos available on the internet), or at least have daily access to a piano you can practice tuning.
What tools will I need, and how much will they cost?
Learning how to order tools, parts and supplies from piano supply houses is a basic component of being an independent piano tuner, and these companies typically only sell to the trade and not to the public. An itemized tool list and letter of registration in the trade will be provided after registering for each course. The price of tools you choose to purchase from the list may vary, especially if you decide to purchase tuning software, but expect to invest a minimum of $300 for tools.
When are classes taught?
The 2019 Spring Semester Introductory Class meets on Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00, beginning in January. The Advanced Class meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00. A class schedule will be provided when you register.
Do I need to have "perfect pitch" or an especially "good ear" to tune a piano?
With proper instruction and practice, anyone can learn how to tune a piano.