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.
DEBBIE CYR PA ’93
Debbie is a 1993 graduate of the Advanced Piano program, is a Registered Piano Technician, and the Department Head. 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.
DAVID BETTS PT ’72
David graduated from NBSS in 1972 and is a Registered Piano Technician. He 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.
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.
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.