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PTG-CanadaThe Piano Technicians Guild is a professional non profit organization of piano tuners and technicians that promotes the highest standards of piano tuning and technical services.

What is a Registered Piano Technician?

Registered Piano Technicians are piano tuner-technicians who have passed three rigorous examinations that are held by the Piano Technicians Guild Inc. The first examination is a written exam which is used to assess general knowledge of pianos. The second examination is a "hands on" regulation and repair test to assess general skills of craftsmanship on upright and grand pianos. The third examination is the tuning exam. In all of these examinations, a standard of 80 percent must be achieved to become a Registered Piano Technician with the Piano Technicians Guild, Inc.

Buying a Piano?
Of course, the best way to investigate any piano is to simply hire a Registered Piano Technician. There are two excellent books on how to buy a piano. One is called "The Piano Book". The other is the "Piano Buyers Guide" by Larry Fine.  

How often should my piano be tuned?
Most manufacturers suggest that all pianos be tuned at least 3 to 4 times a year when they are new and 1 or 2 times per year after that. Sadly, only a very small number of pianos receive regular attention. Many children play on pianos that are horribly out of tune or pianos that have major technical problems. A few kids will tolerate sub standard pianos but many will just give up and quit.

Piano Teacher Resources
The Piano Technicians Guild Home Page has a lot of resources for Piano Teachers including lesson plans and teaching tools. Look for this information here.

Piano Roles: Three hundred years of life with the piano
by James Parakilas and others. A stunning cultural history of the musical and social roles that the piano has played in its long and amazing career. Please check out this book at: http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=9780300083514

Kids and the effects of music on the brain
Studies have shown that children who are exposed to piano keyboards at an early age, score 30% higher on math and science examinations in school. These startling new findings have been featured on CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC archived broadcasts.

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