How do I go about becoming a piano tuner?
Details of college courses are available on the Pianoforte Tuners’ Association website: www.pianotuner.org.uk . Learning to tune pianos is very similar to learning to play the piano in that it is possible to learn some of the basics on your own, from a book or by a correspondence course but, no matter how well motivated you may be, there is no substitute for having a qualified teacher on hand to show you what to do, where you might be going wrong, and how best to progress. There are three centres of learning in the UK; London, Newark, and Hereford which for most people will probably mean leaving home to study for two or three years. This is the commitment which most good, qualified tuner / technicians have made and truly there are no short cuts. Training the ear to hear the ‘beats’, an essential skill, takes time and a great deal of patience; a virtue which, along with a certain practical ability, applicants must have in abundance. Nevertheless, a career as a piano tuner can be one of the most rewarding.