New qualification aims to silence sour note of declining piano tuner numbers

This past weekend, TVNZ ran a story covering the nationwide shortage of piano tuners and the new qualification developed by Toi Mai to help remedy this.

One of our key functions is to develop standards and qualifications in consultation with our industry bodies to ensure the vocational education and training system meets the needs of our industries within Ngā Peka o Toi, no matter how small or niche.

Toi Mai recognises the importance and value of the Piano Tuning profession within Toi Puaki (the performing arts sector) and would like to acknowledge the passion, commitment and hard work that the New Zealand Piano Tuners and Technicians Guild (NZPTTG) has demonstrated to ensure their skills are passed on and professional standards maintained.

We continue to work closely with NZPTTG to find a provider that can develop a programme to lead to this qualification, which has been designed to allow for a mix of provider and work-based learning and is expected to take two to three years to complete on the job. Toi Mai has also provided investment advice to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) to highlight this workforce shortage and need for work-based training in this area.

An outline of what graduates can expect out of the New Zealand Certificate in Piano Tuning and Technology (Level 4) is available here:

NZPTTG is keeping a waitlist for prospective trainees and intends to offer short workshops/work experience opportunities to provide a better understanding of what it is like to work as a piano tuner. To be added to this waitlist, please contact NZPTTG at [email protected]

Read the full TVNZ article here: