Tuning Back


Montreal, Quebec, Canada


Q - Will I be able to work as a technician after taking your course?

A - The career growth curve of a technician depends on a variety of factors, but in general involves an extended period of time practicing skills. These activities often include free work for friends, churchs, etc. After my course, you will have all the skills and tools necessary to improve your own skill level through practice.

Having said that, I have had a few students, musicians mostly, who were at a very impressive level at the end of the course. I would not hesitate to send them out on standard residential tunings.

Q - Do we have to buy the tools from you?

A - No. However, we have an agreement with Pianophile Piano Technician Tool and Parts Supplier to allow students to receive technician discounts on all tools and parts for the course and after the course for your own private and professional need. Also, if I can find tools at a lower price, I offer them to you. I manufacture a number of tools that are acceptable and sometimes better than the standard available tools and cost less. I have spent quite a long time selecting tools and techniques that allow you to complete a task with the best chance of success while keeping the tool cost reasonable.

Q - Isn't there a problem with offering a course that claims to prepare one for the RPT exam? (Advanced Tuning Course 1)

A - I have a clarification in the course description that basically says I cannot do that and the course doesn't claim to do that. However, I am in a position to inquire in to the possibility of having a testing facility available if a student passes all the requirements to take the exam. Also, any well rounded training coupled with serious practice, will give one the skills needed to do well on the exams. I just use what I know of the exam as a guide to know what to teach.

Q - Will your courses prepare me to take the RPT exam?

A - In order to be able to take the RPT exam, you need to be a member of the PTG and have passed the written exam. Also, for the tuning exam, you need to be checked out by an RPT in order to improve the chance of success and help improve the efficient use of volunteers who run the tests. Again, with the course and sufficient practice, you should be ready.

Q - How much practice will I need?

A - That does depend on your aptitude and basic musical skills, but on average, I would say, after a year of concentrated practice, you could be ready to pass the exams. You would however need to focus your studies on the specific skills needed (Look up Pace Lesson Plans on PTG website) and get regular feedback from a qualified technician like an RPT.

Q - Are your courses recognized by the Canadian government for Aprenticeship Intern Grants (AIG)?

A - Not yet.

Q - What is the payment schedule for fees and tool prices?

A - Fees for tools supplied by Pianophile need to be paid to Pianophile at the moment of ordering.
Course and tool fees are due as follows:
For evening classes:1st class, 50% course fees due plus Mr. Tuner tools. Balance of course fees due on 4th class.
For week long classes: 50% of course fees required for registration. Balance of course fees and tool fees on class #1.

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For more information,
Call 514-771-8666
or email mark@mrtuner.com

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