Well-Loved Piano provides mentorships and training to aspiring piano technicians all over the United States. It doesn’t matter how old you are, how much (or little) experience you have, or where you live. If you love pianos and you are interested in becoming a professional piano technician, we will provide you with a mentorship and help you build an amazing career in piano technology.
How much does it cost?
Well-Loved Piano does not charge for mentorships or our apprenticeship program. We are highly selective and don’t accept everyone. If you don’t aspire to be the best technician in your city, then we can tell you right now ‘this opportunity is not right for you’. We have a unique ‘resume free’ application & apprenticeship process designed to identify and develop highly skilled piano technicians. At Well-Loved Piano aspiring to be the best piano technician goes far beyond having the ‘technical know-how’ to service a piano.
Am I a good fit?
Perhaps. If you are interested, the best way to find out is to go through our application process. It is designed to help you (and us) answer this question as quickly as possible. Well-Loved Piano has a unique mission and distinct culture that is laser focused on helping people like you build an amazing career in piano technology. Becoming the best technician in your city isn’t something we can make you want. It also isn’t something that comes overnight. It is simply the vision we are striving for as a group of like minded piano technicians.
We are also very clear about the kind of people we are looking for:
2. Who want to be the best technician in their city
3. Who have the heart of a teacher
We don’t need you to be a 10/10 in each of these categories, but our apprenticeship program is going to stretch you in every area of your life. Start your application process today!
What if I don’t have a musical background?
Some of the best piano technicians in the world don’t have a musical background. They were former engineers, computer programmers, physicists, etc... Now there are also plenty of people in this trade who have a musical background and experience as a professional musician, piano teacher, or choir director. Regardless of your background, Well-Loved Piano’s apprenticeship program exists to help build an amazing career as a professional piano technician.
What if I don’t have any experience?
We don’t require any experience to begin an apprenticeship. At one point in time everybody starts out exactly where you find yourself today, having no experience and no clue how to go about learning a trade you know very little about. The Well-Loved Piano apprenticeship program is the first of its kind and is designed to identify and train a group of people who want to become the best technician in their city.
What is the goal of each apprenticeship?
Our apprenticeships are highly focused and fast paced. We are not going to waste your time and we simply ask you to return the favor. Everyone who is accepted into our apprenticeship program immediately joins our team and begins working towards a paid position. First as a "apprentice’ and eventually as a professional piano technician. We meet you wherever you are at and intentionally start small so we can focus on the important things, like determining whether this career as a whole is a good fit for you.
Where is the training located?
The initial training is all online via home study and scheduled video chats with your mentor. During these meetings you will set goals, ask questions, and refine your skills. We work with you to do as much as you can wherever you live. However, eventually you will reach a point where the next step is to attend a live training somewhere in the US. This might bean event hosted by Well-Loved Piano, or another training event we recommend you attend.
How are mentorships structured?
Everyone has a roadmap and attainable goals we are working towards over the next 12 weeks. You will set your own goals, but there is a catch. You have to push yourself outside your comfort zone and work with your mentor to set attainable goals that push you to new levels. At the end of each 12 weeks we will take a full week to step back, rest, and reflect. This is as much for us as it is for you. Strategic rest is an important part of the culture of Well-Loved Piano and we choose to make it a priority. As the training gets more intense these week-long periods of rest become a vital part of the process.
If at any point you are unable to meet your goals, then out of respect for each other’s time we will end the apprenticeship. We do this because we want to see you thrive, but if you cannot achieve a reasonable and ‘attainable’ set of goals within a 12 week period; then either we failed you as a coach (in which case you would be wise to fire us as your coach), or this isn’t a good fit for you. Perhaps the timing isn’t right. Perhaps the culture of our company (or this line of work) just isn’t a good fit. Either way we will move on to other candidates and free you up to pursue something else with your time.
How long does the training last?
The length of training is different for every individual. Our 12 week cycles are designed to help you accelerate your study and achieve your long term goals within an efficient amount of time. How quickly you get from point A to point B is up to you. Once you achieve certain goals we will start to transition your role. Our goal is to prepare you to go out in the community to work on real pianos as quickly as possible.
Are you a ‘School of Piano Technology’
No. It is important to note that we are not a ‘School of Piano Technology’. We simply evaluate your current skills and then work with you to set goals, provide mentorship, and give you a clear path to becoming the best technician in your city.
Do I need to buy tools?
Yes, eventually you will need to buy a full set of tools ($1,500-$2,000+). However, you need less than $500 to buy all your beginner tools (and you get to keep all the tools you buy). Most young piano technicians waste a ton of time and money buying low quality tools. Your assigned mentor will work with you to guide you through the process of buying the right tool at the right time.
This is not a program for people who only want to be hobbyists
In order to respect the value of each other’s time, we are highly selective with our apprenticeship program. Professional piano service is a time-intensive field of study that requires a high level of dedication. It is likely the best career you will ever have, but nobody learns this trade overnight, and unfortunately we don’t have the resources to train you if you are not serious about making this your full-time career.
What if I am not sure this career is a good fit for me?
No worries. This is exactly the question our apprenticeship program will answer. And fast. We will not offer you a mentorship if we don’t see potential in you. Plus we are going to respect your time by helping you find the answer to this question as quickly as possible.
What kind of income potential is there?
Working a ‘sane’ schedule of 3-4 appointments per day, a full-time piano technician at Well-Loved Piano can easily take home $70,000-$112,000/year. Now it is important to note that there are some self-employed technicians out there who earn more than this by tuning 5-10 pianos a day / 365 days out of the year. But in our experience, this level of insanity has a ton of hidden costs on almost every level (personal, professional, spiritual, physical…)
At Well-Loved Piano having a successful career isn’t about getting in the Guinness world book of records for ‘most number of tuning pins turned’. Rather it is about becoming the best piano technician in your city and that requires a focus and discipline that goes far beyond ‘quantity of pianos tuned’. This way of life gets to the heart of what we think it means to be a professional piano technician.
Do I need to become a Registered Piano Technician (RPT)? or be part of the Piano Technician’s Guild?
No. But we think you should want to. Being an RPT and participating in a trade organization is not about getting a set of letters after your name. That isn’t what makes you a great technician. RPT is simply the highest certification available in our trade for over 60 years. Participating in the PTG gives you opportunities to challenge yourself to reach new heights. This has been true for each of the people on our team and we are proud to support these time honored traditions.
We also do not limit ourselves to the PTG. We have encouraged and pursued additional training outside the PTG because we think this is a vital part of becoming the best technician in your city. Our official stance on this is ‘By all means, at all costs, invest in whatever opportunities are going to help make you the best technician in your city’.
Do you teach aural tuning?
Yes. And we also believe there is value in ETDs. But specifically on the topic of Aural vs. ETDs: we believe that developing your aural skills unlocks things in your brain that heighten your other senses. Over time this helps you do better voicing, build better tone, and execute better regulations. Honing your aural skills is about more than just tuning. It is a way of life and it is our way of saying to ourselves ‘we are not satisfied to be an average technician’.
Should I use an Electronic tuning device?
Yes, especially when you are first starting out. Use it, benefit from it, master it. And when you find you are no longer challenged by the ETD then aspire to something greater. Whatever you do, surround yourself with other like minded technicians who are not satisfied with the status-quo. This is a sure-fire way to put yourself on shortest path to becoming the best technician in your city.