When he gets off his bicycle after a long trip road home next summer, musician Peter Stevenson plans to put into practise what he’s learned about piano technology. Stevenson is from Prince George but currently lives in Regina. He found his new vocation after attending a week-long training seminar at Montana State University.
The seminar drew technicians from all over the world and was taught by instructors of the Randy Potter School of Piano Technology, the largest piano tuning school in the world. During the training students studied tuning, repairing, regulating, voicing, dealer and manufacturer relations and business practises.
Stevenson has been an active musician in Prince George for many years and is best known for his 2004 solo piano release, Bones. He has played keyboards in Judy Russell’s production of The Who’s Tommy and plays in and arranges music for the improvisational jazz-rock group The Transfiguration Good News Band.
The days of learning piano service through years of study with a master at a factory are long past, he said. There are only three schools in North America where a student can go full time so most students learn through correspondence.
“The Randy Potter School is the most comprehensive of the correspondence schools in piano technology. In fact, several colleges and licensed apprentice training programs have used it. Written course materials is integrated with auxiliary textbooks, manufacturer’s technical training manuals and training DVDS which teach in depth aspects of tuning, repairing and regulating pianos. Going to a hands-on seminar like this was a fantastic opportunity for students to practise what we have been learning with qualified instructors there to guide us.”
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