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:


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.


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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.

What Does it Take?

You need:


To be a member of the PTA you must have:

Getting On


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Association of Blind Piano Tuners (ABPT)
Twitter: @BlindPianoTuner

Pianoforte Tuners' Association (PTA)
Tel: 0845 602 8796

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