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Home Tuning Courses (Correspondence Courses) #2899093 10/10/19 07:20 PM
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Hi all, I am looking into a home study/correspondence course. I know that apprenticing with a local tuner in person is ideal, but I have none within reasonable distance. I’m hoping to do the home study method to get my skills developed before looking into an apprenticeship. I’m wondering if anyone would care to speak of a preferred course. I am aware of the American School, Randy Potter School, and Rick Butler School. Rick Butler seems to offer the most personal attention and feedback to each student. Anyone with experience with these courses (or others) care to comment on their quality, value, and ability to prepare for the PTG exams? Hoping to make the best decision to get started in the next month or so. Thank you so much!

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Re: Home Tuning Courses (Correspondence Courses) [Re: MaxJL] #2899202 10/11/19 08:38 AM
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You can get a couple of old pianos to work on, if you have some room. Get some books: Arthur Reblitz, "Piano Servicing, Tuning, and Rebuilding and Mario Igrec, "Pianos Inside Out" are great. The latter is more up-to-date, comprehensive, and expensive. Join the Piano Technicians Guild. How far is it to your local PTG chapter? Mine is an hour and a half each way and I still find it well worth the trip each month. The relationships you develop there will be valuable! People there may know someone more local to you who can help you. The local chapter may also have action models you can borrow to gain an understanding of how grand and vertical piano actions work. The PTG home office has lots of educational materials, some specifically for the exams. They also put on conventions where you can take classes from and get to meet some of the best technicians in the business. The monthly journal is entertaining and a great source of ideas.


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Re: Home Tuning Courses (Correspondence Courses) [Re: MaxJL] #2914619 11/21/19 11:07 AM
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I started Rick's course in August, and I'm enjoying it. I'm paying for it monthly and there's also the initial expense of getting the tools (which he has special bundled package available from Schaff). I also invested in an older piano to keep at my house to practice tuning.

You could learn by informally (or formally) apprenticing with someone who is a piano technician, but I like the structure of getting the basics from Rick's text and videos, and then supplementing with PTG meetings. It fits better with my full-time teaching flute at EKU. The PTG meetings have been great too. A really welcoming group.

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Re: Home Tuning Courses (Correspondence Courses) [Re: MaxJL] #2915786 11/24/19 01:16 PM
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There are many tuner/technician who began with the Aubrey Willis course. https://www.amazon.com/Aubrey-Willis-course-tuning-repairing/dp/B0006BSY4W


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Re: Home Tuning Courses (Correspondence Courses) [Re: MaxJL] #2915877 11/24/19 04:31 PM
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In addition to the others mentioned, there is a young man involved with our PTG chapter who is currently taking from https://howtotunepianos.com/ and is happy with the results so far.

These courses are designed and taught by Mark Cerisano, RPT -- with whom I had opportunity to interact when he was preparing articles for publication in the PTG Journal. I believe in addition to RPT, he is also a trained engineer and an educator.

I have no personal stake but I do think he should be included in anyone's list to check out.


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Re: Home Tuning Courses (Correspondence Courses) [Re: Steven Bolstridge] #2916122 11/25/19 08:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Steven Bolstridge
There are many tuner/technician who began with the Aubrey Willis course. https://www.amazon.com/Aubrey-Willis-course-tuning-repairing/dp/B0006BSY4W

Sorry, not available here, but I found some used courses. They're out there somewhere


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Re: Home Tuning Courses (Correspondence Courses) [Re: MaxJL] #2916340 11/25/19 07:05 PM
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Hi Max. I took the home study course offered by Piano Technician Academy (PTA) about eight years ago now and found them to be very good for what I needed at the time. They prepared me for the field and I've been tuning and repairing pianos for seven years now. Still learning as we all are but managing quite well I think.

Here is a blurb from their present web site which you can see by entring Piano Technician Academy:

OVERVIEW:
Piano Technician Academy’s piano tuning and repair course is the first and only completely online piano technology course in the world. We utilize modern day teaching techniques including high definition videos, pictures, interactive graphics and exercises allowing the student to fully grasp and understand the material. Having an e-learning specialist on staff has allowed us to develop a learning program that rivals those found at most universities. Piano technology is a very difficult trade to teach over the Internet or through a correspondence program but using the latest in e-learning technology we are able to walk our students through the material in a way never done before.

COURSE LAYOUT:
The course is broken down into 14 lessons. At the end of each lesson the student is required to take an 8-10 question quiz consisting of multiple choice, match the part/tool & true/false questions. At the end of lesson 14 the student is required to take a 50 question final exam that covers lessons 1-14.

Best of luck in your search.....Duane.

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