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Piano Tuner

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Piano tuners maintain and repair pianos to keep them in tune. They are sometimes called piano technicians.

The Work

You would:

Pay

Because piano tuners are generally self-employed, it can take time to build up their business. Most tuners charge between £50 and £100 for each tuning, depending on what needs to be done, and if successful in building up a business, can expect to tune between four and six pianos a day.

Expenses such as equipment and transport need to be paid out of any money made.

On very rare occasions, a piano technician post may arise with a music college or university. The most recently advertised post at a conservatoire offered around £25,000 a year.

Conditions

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Getting In

This is a small profession. Most piano tuners are self-employed or freelance — they either take over an existing business or build up their own through advertising and personal recommendation.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
1517
3.9 %
RISE
2029
1576
  United Kingdom
2024
24546
4 %
RISE
2029
25516

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What Does it Take?

You need:

Training

There are different levels of membership with the PTA (Apprentice, Student, Associate and Member). To be a Member of the PTA you must have:

Getting On

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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

Pianoforte Tuners' Association (PTA)
Tel: 07752 478082
E-mail: secretary@pianotuner.org.uk
Website: http://www.pianotuner.org.uk

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