Piano Technology

Our comprehensive Piano Technology programs give you the skills you need to start a successful business and pursue a deeply satisfying career. We offer two nine-month courses—Basic Piano Technology (PT) and Advanced Piano Technology (PA)—both of which provide intensive training with master faculty in a stimulating environment.

Both programs attract students who share a passion for music, problem solving and mechanics, and the hand skills used to restore and care for beautiful musical instruments. Our facilities include two bench rooms and sixteen individual practice rooms, outfitted with a variety of pianos. Combined with business instruction, you’ll have the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to become a successful technician.

BASIC PIANO TECHNOLOGY

The PT program covers all phases of aural piano tuning, including the concepts on which equal temperament is founded. You’ll learn to tune, regulate, and repair the actions of both upright and grand pianos. Classes include hands-on work, lectures, and field trips to such venues as the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Mason & Hamlin Factory in Haverhill, the Steinway factory in Long Island City, as well as various workshops and collections throughout New England.

ADVANCED PIANO TECHNOLOGY

The PA program focuses on the entire piano and comprehensive piano service. This includes advanced tuning and regulation practice, and resolving service problems that occur in the field—an example of which is the School’s 72-piano service contract with the Boston Public School system. Each year, PA students work in teams of two or three to dismantle, rebuild, and repair grand pianos.

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Program Details

  • Curriculum: Investigate what students learn over the course of both nine-month programs.
  • Facilities: Virtually walk through the program spaces.
  • Faculty: Meet our talented instructors, who are experts in their field.
  • Tuition: Check out tuition, costs, class hours, schedule, and program length.
  • Careers: Explore careers available to Piano Technology graduates and the employment outlook.
  • Profiles: Read about our alumni, including how an education at NBSS opened doors for them.
  • Piano Technology program brochure: Download at-a-glance details.

Admissions, Financial Aid, and Employment Information

Questions?

Contact Rob O'Dwyer, Director of Admissions, at 617-227-0155 x111 or admissions@nbss.edu.

Piano Technology News

Sanctuary & Symphony

Read the incredible story of Piano Technology alumnus Tzung-Shiun (Shin) Wu PT '16, who tuned pianos for an elephant sanctuary in Thailand. Shin had heard about the work of Paul Barton, a classical pianist who brought pianos to the Elephants World sanctuary, playing classical music for the sick and injured animals there.

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2020 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner: David Betts PT '72, PA '20

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes a distinguished graduate from one of our nine full-time programs based on their professional accomplishments, contributions to their industry, and promotion of excellence in craft via schools and organizations. We are proud to announce that David Betts PT '72, Hon PA '20 is the recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award!

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David Betts: Retiring After 45 Years

After over 45 years as a faculty member, including 36 years as Department Head of the Piano Technology programs, David Betts PT '72 has retired from his role. Please join our entire community in sharing our heartfelt thanks to David for his many years of expertise and mentorship, and wishing him all the best in his retirement. Since we couldn't honor him at graduation this year as planned, we decided to bring the celebration to David by hosting a physically-distanced, drive-through party at his home.

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Giving Pianos New Life

Nearly every week, someone calls the Piano Technology faculty at NBSS offering to donate an old grand piano for the Advanced Piano Technology students to rebuild. But in an entire year, only a select few make the cut. Usually, they're Steinways. For students to wring the most educational value out of the rebuilding experience, a chosen piano must need everything replaced but the case, plate, and (usually) keys. Then with careful instruction and guidance, the students replace all of the piano's action parts.

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Brian Turano

"It is impossible to overemphasize the respect this school has in the piano technology industry. When [employers] see NBSS on your resume, they will take a serious look at you."

Brian Turano PT '13, PA '14

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