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BA (Hons) Musical Instrument Craft (Piano Tuning and Repair)

UCAS Instiution Code: L42   UCAS Course Code: J951

The Newark Piano School is recognised as 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 and/or technician, it is the only programme of its kind in the UK making this offer and is valued throughout the world. It prepares successful learners with the skills needed to join the piano trade for sustainable employment.

The school is situated in a specialist building close to the main college campus, giving easy access to the college facilities and the town centre.

The school’s modern, well-appointed facilities boast sixteen individual tuning rooms containing more than fifty pianos, which are used exclusively for piano tuning practice. The dedicated workshops are fitted with tailored workbenches and storage facilities, and are fully health and safety and COSHH compliant. Large stocks of trade specific tools, materials and parts are available along with numerous and varied types of upright and grand pianos. Together this ensures that students gain a wealth of practical experience of all aspects of piano tuning, restoration and repair.

Learners also benefit from the school’s strong links with the industry: a regular feature of which is visiting speakers from trade organisations and suppliers. Graduating students enjoy a range of job opportunities either in employment by piano firms and shops or on a self-employed basis. The Steinway Company, amongst others, have recruited directly from the Piano School.

The programme has been recognised for accommodating visually impaired learners.

Typical Course Structure

Year 1

Anatomy and Design

Basic Techniques

Workshop Practice

Making Specialist Tools 1

Historical and Contextual Studies

Year 2

Core modules:

Applied Acoustics

Problem Solving

Making Specialist Tools 2,

Optional Modules:





Case Finishing

Year 3

Business Practice

Advanced Craft Techniques

Professional Standards Test

Final Major Project

Preparation and Realisation

Applications for this course are processed through UCAS. Please make a note of the codes below, then continue to apply through the UCAS website:

Institute code: L42

UCAS Course code: J951

Study Details

You will study at the School of Musical Instrument Craft at Newark College for the duration of the course. Full Time - 3 Years

Attend one of our Lincoln College Career Degree Open Days to find out more about our Degree, HNC and HND courses. To register please click here

A minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff points from the following:

GCE A and AS Levels with at least one subject at A Level.

BTEC National (Diploma or Extended Diploma) in a relevant subject

Scottish Higher / Advanced Higher with at least one subject at Advanced Higher.

Experience may be taken in lieu of A Levels / BTECs


GCSE English – grade C/4 or above

GCSE Maths – grade C/4 or above (Level 2 Functional skills is not taken as an equivalent)

EU and International applicants

NARIC confirmed equivalent of 48 UCAS points

IELTS with an overall score of 6.0 and a minimum of 5.5 in each component. Equivalent English language qualifications are acceptable for applicants not requiring a Tier 4 visa


The assessment methods typically used throughout the programme

include:Assessment of practical work supported by a portfolio of notes and



Following completion of this programme students may wish to pursue further

academic study in Music or seek employment or self-employment in the industry.

Students will be introduced to these opportunities throughout their

undergraduate programme.

Per Academic Year

Home and EU Students - £7999.00

International Students - £9500.00

Tuition fees will remain unchanged for the duration of a student’s continuous enrolment.

Additional compulsory course costs will be paid for using the Career Degree Bursary. The scheme allows students to access the remainder of the bursary (up to a maximum value of £500 / £250) for additional optional courses, workshops, professional memberships and resources. There is no cash alternative. Students who wish to access opportunities in excess of the Career Degree Bursary may do so at full cost to themselves.

Please see the full ‘HE Terms and Conditions’ for details of additional library and printing costs associated with this programme

This course is validated by the University of Hull. The validating institution is responsible for awarding the qualification at the end of the programme. Students on validated courses are OfS registered, funded and taught at Lincoln College and it is the responsibility of the College to manage all aspects of this provision. The validating institution maintains an oversight of the programme throughout the academic year and must be satisfied that students are being taught in line with the required academic standards of the awarding institution.

For full details and information of the responsibilities and conditions of study of both Lincoln College and the validating partners please see the T&CS and POLICIES sections which can be found at:

University of Hull

Key Facts

Level:Level 6


Duration:3 Years

Location:Newark Campus

Course Code:HEN0055AA1

Applications for this course are processed through UCAS. To apply for this course please make a note of the Institute Code and UCAS Course code from the course description.

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