How to get hired as a piano technician
The number of jobs in the piano industry is down sharply.
That’s partly due to automation and partly because of rising interest in music education.
Many of the jobs available to young people have not been as well advertised.
For example, a new class of piano technician has opened its doors in the United Kingdom, and many schools in the U.S. are teaching a new piano-toting, orchestral approach to music instruction.
There are also plenty of jobs for the young people that are waiting for them.
But how to get the jobs, and how to keep them?
What’s a good piano-training program to look at?
Here are a few things to consider.
Piano-taught students may be good for the piano, too.
“Piano players who are piano technicians are much better prepared to perform and record music on a wide range of instruments, from the high-end to the low-end,” says Robert C. Johnson, a professor of music at Boston College and author of the book Piano-Taught: Lessons in Musical Learning.
In a study published last year, Johnson and his colleagues showed that when people had to learn the same repertoire of musical instruments for a day or two, they performed better.
Piano technicians also tended to perform better with older instruments, which makes sense, because older instruments are more likely to have been used in classical recordings, Johnson says.
For instance, some high-level pianists have played for generations and may be accustomed to playing on an older instrument.
For young people, the skills of playing on a new instrument can be invaluable.
“They may be able to play a higher-level instrument that they weren’t able to perform previously, or they may be better at playing on that instrument than they were previously,” Johnson says, “and that will make them more capable of getting up and doing the job.”
But a lot depends on your background.
“The way you learn how to play an instrument is by listening to the music,” Johnson adds.
“But what is going to help a lot is having a piano tutor who knows how to teach you.”
This is particularly true if you are an advanced student with a lot of experience and a lot in the way of knowledge.
In fact, many people say they are interested in the job because of the experience and knowledge they can bring.
“There’s a lot more experience in piano technicians than there is in the classical music world,” says Kristi Cramer, director of the Boston University School of Music.
“And it’s more about getting the background you need and getting the right people to do it.”
You might want to be a piano-trained teacher, too Some music schools and schools of music have a list of requirements that you must meet before you can start teaching.
If you have a piano background and a piano teacher credential, you might qualify to teach students on the same level as a classical instructor.
But there are some caveats.
A piano-teacher certificate, for example, doesn’t necessarily guarantee that you can teach at the highest level.
Some schools require a minimum of five years of experience as a pianist, but not necessarily five years in a classical school, or even five years as a professional musician, says Mark H. Cramer Jr., who teaches at the University of Cincinnati.
“It depends on what kind of school you’re going to,” Cramer says.
Also, it’s hard to determine what the school’s music program is.
Some classical schools require that you teach only on the first day of classes, and some have a strict policy that allows you to teach for a year at a time.
That means that you’ll need to get your background checked by a music teacher credentialing agency, and you’ll have to be in good standing with that school.
“That doesn’t guarantee you’ll be hired for a job, and if you’re not a qualified teacher, you won’t get hired,” Cramer says.
“If you have no background, you can’t really teach.
You might be a good musician, but you can only play in a concert hall.
It’s a pretty narrow focus.”
There are some programs that offer more flexibility.
Many music schools offer apprenticeship programs, and they may also offer more advanced music education for a fee, such as a certificate that gives you a certificate in music theory.
“You can really get into more advanced courses,” Crams says.
That also means you’ll likely have to meet some strict requirements.
For some schools, you’ll only be able teach students from a certain age range.
If your music program doesn’t offer apprenticeships, you should probably work on your own and make an application.
If that doesn’t work, there are still other opportunities for piano-tuning students, especially for those who have played with the highest-quality instruments.
“A lot of people who come out of school with a good degree of