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BA (Hons) Musical Instrument Craft (Piano Tuning and Restoration) (Full-Time)

Designed for those who wish to work in the piano industry as a tuner and/or technician, the BA (Hons) Musical Instrument Craft (Piano Tuning and Restoration) is the only programme of its kind in the UK. The course aims to prepare learners with the skills needed to join the piano trade.

The Newark Piano School at Newark College is situated in a specialist building close to the main College campus, giving easy access to College facilities and the town centre. The School’s modern, well-appointed facilities boast 16 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 have the opportunity to gain a wealth of practical experience of all aspects of piano tuning, restoration and repair.

Learners can also benefit from the School’s strong links with industry - a regular feature of which is visiting speakers from trade organisations and suppliers.

Graduating students could progress to 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 Newark Piano School.

The Graebner Crisford Prize

A cash prize of £1,000 will be offered to one outstanding student in each pathway on the Musical Instrument Crafts degree each year, beginning summer 2022. The prize is from a generous donation from The ACH Crisford Charitable Foundation who set up the scheme to support our learners and recognise the unique nature of these courses. The award will be judged by staff.

Typical Course Structure

  • Anatomy and Design
  • Basic Techniques
  • Workshop Practice
  • Making Specialist Tools 1
  • Historical and Contextual Studies

Core Modules:

  • Applied Acoustics
  • Problem Solving
  • Making Specialist Tools 2

Optional Modules:

  • Maintenance
  • Restoration
  • Overhaul
  • Tuning
  • Case Finishing
  • Business Practice
  • Advanced Craft Techniques
  • Professional Standards Test
  • Final Major Project
  • Preparation and Realisation

Study Details

Students will study at the School of Musical Instrument Craft at Newark College for the duration of the course. Full-time, three years.

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What Our Students Say

“The thing I enjoyed most about the course was the amount of tuning practice we were given and direct access to a tutor to gain feedback the same day. My advice to anyone thinking about studying on the course would be absolutely go for it! My three years at Newark will be regarded as the best three years of my life, I would go back and do it all again in a heartbeat.”

Chris Walden, graduated in 2020

How to Apply

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 Policies section.

University of Hull

A minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff points from:

  • GCE A and AS Levels with at least one subject at A Level 
  • BTEC National (Diploma or Extended Diploma) in a relevant subject
  • T Levels
  • Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher with at least one subject at Advanced Higher


  • GCSE English – Grade C/4 or above
  • GCSE Maths – Grade C/4 or above

*For mature applicants, some experience may be taken in lieu of A Levels/BTECs

EU and International Applicants

  • ENIC 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 student visa

The assessment methods typically used throughout the programme include:

  • Assessment of practical work supported by a portfolio of notes and research



Following completion of this programme students may wish to pursue further academic study in music or seek employment or self-employment in the industry. The Steinway Company, amongst others, have recruited directly from Newark Piano School. Students can be introduced to these opportunities throughout their undergraduate programme.

Per Academic Year

  • Home Students - £8,500
  • International Students - £9,500

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

Additional Course Costs

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

Additional compulsory course costs can be paid for using the Career Degree Bursary. The scheme allows students to access the bursary (up to a maximum value of £500 for full-time or £250 part-time students) 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.

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Our upcoming Higher Education (HE) Open Days are listed on the Open Days webpage. Please register your place via the Eventbrite links listed. 

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Key Facts



Duration:3 Years

Start Date:September 2023

Location:Newark College

UCAS Course Code:J951

UCAS Institution Code:L42