Musical Instrument Crafts - Piano Tuning, Maintenance and Repair (Foundation/Advanced)

A course that will prepare each student to become a professional tuner or technician

Level: 3

Duration:  The course is 3 years of full time study. Timetables run over 3 days per week.

Venues: Newark

Course Code: F25712

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Course description

The Piano School is the UK centre of excellence for piano tuning, restoration and repair, designed for those who wish to work in the piano industry as a tuner or technician. This 3 year programme is designed to prepare successful learners with the skills needed to join the piano trade. It develops skills, techniques and understanding to a level based on commercial standards of quality and time.
The course is based in new, specially-designed facilities equipped with workshops, tuning booths, classroom and common room. Teaching focuses on practical classes and demonstrations.
In the Foundation year students gain practical experience in everything from basic repairs to full restoration techniques. There are four main elements: piano tuning, chipping up, repairs to the mechanism including replacing felts, case repair and French polishing. Other aspects include materials and their application, the history, design, and development of the piano and health and safety in the workshop. Students will learn to manufacture specialist hand tools used in piano tuning. This work leads to a level 1 NVQ qualification in Performing Engineering Operations.
 The Advanced stage is year two and  three and builds on the Foundation year. Work covers more advanced aspects of piano tuning on both upright and grand pianos. It also includes everything from minor maintenance tasks typically performed on a customer’s piano, to full workshop restoration and refurbishment. Main elements include: upright and grand piano fine tuning, restringing, action (hammer mechanism) overhaul of upright and grand pianos, setting up and regulating, case restoration and polishing. This stage includes the study of acoustics, further tool making, elements of piano design and construction and preparation for employment or self employment.

Entry requirements

Places on the Foundation stage are available to UK, EU and international applicants.
• No prior knowledge of music, pianos or the piano trade is assumed.
• A good command of spoken and written English is also essential
• Applicants from outside the UK and EU must also have a qualification in English at or above level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages in order to apply for a Tier 4 student visa.
Places on the Advanced stage are available to UK, EU and international applicants.
Applicants should have;
• achieved the Foundation Piano Tuning and Restoration course or
• have equivalent tuning/restoration experience.
• Applicants should be competent users of tools and basic specialist equipment.
• A good command of spoken and written English is also essential.
• Applicants from outside the UK and EU must also have a qualification in English at or above level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages in order to apply for a Tier 4 student visa.
Interviews
Interviews are held in the Spring and Summer terms each year. The interview day includes short written and practical tasks and an assessment of evidence of woodwork/craft skills. Applicants should bring evidence of things they have made to interview. Places are awarded on the basis of potential, commitment and aptitude.

Progress & Assessment

Practical work is reviewed and assessed regularly. A Newark College Diploma in Piano Tuning and Restoration can also be achieved at the end of the course to recognise and grade high quality work.

Successful completion of the course prepares students for a range of job opportunities either self-employed or employed by retail shops and manufacturers.
 

Fees

There is an annual fee for study. The course fees for 2014/15  will be  £2500.00 for UK/EU students. This includes tuition, examination fees and materials.These fees are subject to annual review and are expected to increase for next year. You may also need to buy some tools. Details are available at interview. Our student services advisors can help assess the level of support available to you.

Further Information

Contact name:

Claire Lloyd

Contact school:

School of Sport, Care and the Arts

Contact number:

For further details please contact the Information Office on 01522 876274