Both Piano Technology 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.


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.


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.

In addition to the Full-Time program, we occasionally offer an introduction to piano technology course through our Continuing Education Department. View all CE courses here.

Basic Piano Technology Curriculum

Advanced Piano Technology Curriculum


Contact Rob O'Dwyer, Director of Admissions, at 617-227-0155 x111 or
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Ruth Van Dine PT '99, PA '00

Someone told me the education from NBSS would make me a professional and they were right. The instructors took us step-by-step through the process of becoming a technician. Being able to understand everything I needed in order to do top-notch work... gave me the confidence to keep going.

Ruth Van Dine PT '99, PA '00