Our Piano Technology instructors are nationally recognized and respected trade practitioners with nearly 90 years in of combined experience. Each offers a unique perspective on the approach and execution of work, which gives students a more comprehensive view of the field.
DAVID BETTS PT ’72
David graduated from NBSS in 1972, and is the Department Head. He is a Registered Piano Technician (RPT) and has worked as a self-employed technician and rebuilder for more than 35 years. He is a regular master teacher at regional and national Piano Technicians Guild (PTG) meetings.
DEBBIE CYR PA ’93
Debbie is a 1993 graduate of the Advanced Piano program, and a Registered Piano Technician. She works as a piano rebuilder and has an established piano tuning clientèle. She is also the staff piano technician at Brandeis University. A recent past president of the Boston Piano Technicians Guild, she teaches at regional and national PTG seminars.
EMILY TOWNSEND PT ’07, PA ’08
Emily is a 2007 graduate of the NBSS Basic Piano Technology program, a 2008 graduate of the Advanced program, and a Registered Piano Technician. She also holds a degree in piano performance from Trinity University. Emily has served as head technician at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and as a concert technician at both Aspen Music Festival and School and Tanglewood. She now runs her own tuning and rebuilding business.
LOUIS DEL BENE PT ’06, PA ’07
After graduating from both NBSS Piano Technology programs, Louis worked in a number of piano rebuilding shops, and eventually launched his own business, Brevet Piano Service, in Santa Rosa, CA. He is a Registered Piano Technician with the Piano Technicians Guild, serving as President & Vice President in the Central North Carolina chapter and later, as Vice President for the San Francisco chapter.