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Musical Instrument Technologist

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Musical instrument technologists repair, adjust and may make musical instruments. They normally specialise in one area such as pianos, stringed instruments such as violins or guitars, or brass and woodwind instruments, such as trumpets and flute.

The Work

You could be:

For the work involved in piano tuning see the Piano Tuner job profile.

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary depending on:

Many musical instrument technologists are self-employed and income can vary, depending on how much work they get and how well they can build up a reputation. Fees that they charge for servicing can vary between £55 and £500 or more, depending on the complexity or size of the job.

Conditions

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Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
2146
0.7 %
FALL
2024
2132
  United Kingdom
2019
29860
1.1 %
RISE
2024
30189

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What Does it Take?

You should have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Creative and Cultural Skills website has a careers section called Creative Choices which covers careers information, jobs and opportunities in music.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Association of Blind Piano Tuners (ABPT)
Website: http://www.piano-tuners.org
Twitter: @BlindPianoTuner
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlindPianoTuners

British Violin Making Association (BVMA)
Website: http://www.bvma.org.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebvma

Creative and Cultural Skills
Tel: 020 7015 1800
E-mail: info@ccskills.org.uk
Website: http://www.ccskills.org.uk/
Website (2): https://ccskills.org.uk/careers
Twitter: @CCskills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ccskills

Creative and Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts. Creative Choices is their career information website.

Institute of Musical Instrument Technology (IMIT)
Website: http://www.imit.org.uk/

National Association of Musical Instrument Repairers (NAMIR)
E-mail: contactus@namir.org.uk
Website: http://www.namir.org.uk

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