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Randy Potter School of Piano Technology Inc.
61592 SE Orion Drive
Bend, OR 97702

Review by Natasha Pirtz

Homeschoolers love the Randy Potter School of Piano Technology course!

Celebrating 20 years, Randy Potter School of Piano Technology offers a complete correspondence home-study (open university) course for beginning and intermediate students in piano tuning, repairing, regulating, voicing, apprentice training and business practices. Click here to visit their website at www.pianotuning.com.

Because this course is home study, students can study and learn piano technology wherever they live. "Students can study the course and learn to tune and service pianos whenever they want. Any time they open one of the course books, or put a DVD into the player, school is in session", says Potter. This is the largest piano tuning school in the world, training students in over 70 countries. Students learn with a notebook, over 1,000 pages long, that contains the written material for the course. In addition, there are eleven additional texts and many manufacturers' technical service manuals, pianos brochures, supplier catalogs and a number of other pamphlets and brochures studied. Six two-hour videos - available in DVD or VHS video formats, which teach and illustrate tuning, repairing, regulating and voicing techniques, are also included. These tapes allow students to see tuning, repairing and regulating procedures being performed by Registered Piano Technician Members of the Piano Technicians Guild.

During tuning lessons students practice tuning exercises at their piano. If they have questions they use a video and watch competent piano technicians guide them through each step. The videos / DVDs are the students to keep, and review as often as necessary. Students later tape their tuning assignments with a tape recorder (or with a video camera); Randy offers a critique and often does additional tuning demonstrations on the tape and sends it back to the student.

Repair lessons teach actual skills and repair techniques that will be performed in client's homes as a piano technician. The tools are supplied, plus practice parts and repair supplies. After reading the lesson in the notebook, and the auxiliary texts, students can watch many of the repairs being performed by competent technicians, using the same tools, parts and supplies received with the course.

During the regulating lessons students learn the processes used on even the most discriminating client's pianos. They use their own regulating tools, and the Vertical Action Model, which is provided in the course, before trying these techniques on someone else's piano. References in the course notebook to specific parts can be easily identified on the wall charts, also provided.

Randy meets many of their students as he travels to teach at technical conferences around the world. In recent years he has taught in the U.S., Canada, Cuba, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. These seminars are a great opportunity for the students to meet with Randy on a one-on-one basis. Many students get hands-on work with a local technician or shop using the school's apprentice and mentoring programs, but many choose to attend the school's annual week-long hands-on training seminar, which they hold at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, each January. The seminar has a six-to-one student-to-teacher ratio. During the day it covers tuning, repairing, and regulating of the pianos. Then in the evening there are business classes to ensure that those committed to a future in the industry will have the knowledge and know-how to be successful in their own business.

A student studying and practicing about two hours a day can finish the course in 6-12 months. However, Potter says most students are beginning to do some tuning and work for pay within 2-4 months of starting the course. Many graduates are making over $80,000 a year and they love their jobs! The cost for the course is only $1,795, just a fraction of what a piano tuner can make in a month! This is a fabulous investment!

To learn more on how to enroll at the Randy Potter School of Piano Technology click here www.pianotuning.com or click here to email Randy Potter randy@pianotuning.com. You are on your way to a Fun, Exciting and Rewarding career in the piano tuning business!

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