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We are celebrating something very special. In 2017 we introduced the first female member to be elected on the committee of the Piano Tuners and Technicians Guild of Victoria.
I studied 2013-2014 at the Australasian School of Piano Technology to become a piano technician. I was always fascinated whenever I had my piano tuned growing up. I also thought it would be wonderful to work with pianos and meet fellow musicians that play them.
Yes, I started with violin at about age 9, and then after 3 years of begging my parents, I also started piano. I dabbled with flute for a year as well, but found 3 instruments a bit too much. So I scaled back to two instruments and kept up with lessons until I hit year 12.
Interestingly, I Initially found my violin background a bit of a disadvantage when beginning to learn piano tuning. This is because when tuning a violin, one goes from flat to in tune and never goes sharp (in order to preserve the integrity of the string). Consequently, I found it very uncomfortable to go sharp in piano tuning before resting it in tune. No problems now though!
To be part of a community of tuners, a support network, receive professional representation, industry news and education.
It's great fun! Whether it's the challenge of fixing a problem, or discovering the stories behind the piano and or its owner. 1000 times better than a desk job!