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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

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 need:

Training

To be a member of the PTA you must have:

Getting On

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: 0845 602 8796
E-mail: secretary@pianotuner.org.uk
Website: http://www.pianotuner.org.uk

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