Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners Job Description video

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Music may seem magical…but there’s a tremendous amount of hard work behind it. In addition to the training and practice of the musicians, a lot of credit for a fine performance goes to the people who keep the instruments in good condition. Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners might often focus on particular groups of instruments…specializing in pianos…or reed instruments…percussion…or brass. The work hearkens to traditions handed down through generations, though modern tools are now in use. Repairers and tuners learn their craft in career schools, as apprentices, or through on-the-job training at music stores or manufacturers. Employers strongly prefer technical school training in music repair technology; two to five years of training and practice are generally required for proficiency. To make a living, it’s usually necessary to live in a city or cultural center where many musical instruments are in use. Job requirements include a good ear for pitch, and a steady hand. Excellent eyesight is needed for work on tiny moving parts…and physical strength may be called for. Besides the satisfaction of a job well done, this is a career where success truly sounds sweet.

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