Workshops, Mini-Courses, and Seminars

 

Preparing for the Registered Piano Technician Tuning Exam

With its emphasis and focus on tuning throughout the full compass of the keyboard, this class will provide participants an opportunity to review and evaluate their individual temperament, unison, and octave tuning skills. Instructors will offer tips and advice on both stable tuning techniques and planning for the optimum use of the two-hour time allocated for the Piano Technician Guild exam.

Total Class Hours: 24
Options for attendance:
One week, four days/six hours per day
Six weeks, two days per week/two hours per day

 

Preparing for the Registered Piano Technician Bench Exam
Basic Repairs: Hammer shank replacement, key and flange bushing, and hammer conditioning.

Bench Stringing: Making string loops and string splices and installing strings on the stringing jig.
Upright Regulation: hands-on training utilizing the same upright action model used by the PTG exam committee. Students will learn to determine correct regulation specifications for the model and how to install, align, and regulate all of the parts of the action including pedals and dampers.
Grand Regulation: hands-on training utilizing the same grand action model used by the PTG exam committee. Students will learn to determine correct regulation specifications for the model and how to install, align, and regulate all of the parts of the action including pedals and dampers.

Total Class Hours: 24
Options for attendance:

One week, four days/six hours per day
Six weeks, two days per week/two hours per day

Selling Regulation and Repair Work
This class will help participants develop approaches designed to encourage clients to have needed regulation performed on their pianos.    1.5 hours

Piano technology for the piano player
Designed to provide pianists, in layman’s terms, an understanding of regulating, tuning, and voicing and how these services will provide a more enjoyable playing experience.     1.5 hours

Ear Training for Musicians – how to develop your ear to become a better musician
Students will participate in active exercises designed to help develop a musical ear. Participants will take part in a variety of ear training exercises and develop a personal ear-training program plan and become familiar with training actions designed to develop a musical listening ear.     3 hours

 

 

History of the Piano
This course is for those interested in learning about the invention in 1700 of the piano and its development to modern day.    3 hours

Participants will learn to

  1. Identify the commonly accepted inventor of the piano.
  2. List significant changes in the piano after its invention.
  3. Identify the components of the modern piano.
  4. Discuss characteristics of major piano producers building pianos today.
  5. Identify modern innovations used in today’s pianos.
  6. Become familiar with classic piano history books.

Music Appreciation and History
This class is designed to provide students a quick survey of music from the Greeks and Romans to contemporary “classical” music. 3 hours 
Students will be able to:

  1. Identify six historic periods of music.
  2. Describe the general characteristics of each of the historic periods discussed.
  3. Identify one classical composer as a representative of each of the six periods.