The mission of the Piano Technicians Guild is to promote the highest possible standards of piano service by providing members with opportunities for professional development, by recognizing technical competence through examinations and by advancing the interests of its members. See our "Helpful Web sites" page.
Code of Ethics
For the Piano Technicians Guild
I will act honorably and in a professional manner.
I will render the best possible service under the circumstances, always keeping the best interests of my client in mind.
I will uphold the principles of honesty and integrity for which the Piano Technicians Guild stands.
I will use the name and trademarks of the Piano Technicians Guild properly and will encourage others to do the same.
I will strive to upgrade my professional skills and I will encourage and help others to do the same.
I will promote, in any way that I can, good will toward my profession and toward the music industry.
I will engage only in business practices that are in accord with the antitrust guidelines as set forth by the Piano Technicians Guild.
The Piano Technicians Guild provides resources not only for piano technicians but also for the whole piano community. A visit to the official website of the PTG will provide much helpful information on the piano industry, teaching information, learning to play, general piano information and help in locating a qualified technician in your area.
Membership is open to any individual with a professional or avocational interest in piano technology. All members must also be a member of a chapter in their area. There are no examination requirements to become an Associate member.
Meetings / Conventions
The PTG hold Local, Regional and National Conventions to aid in the further education of piano industry professionls. The instructors for these seminars and conventions can offer many years of experience and wisdom to those who wish to further thier skills.
For those who wish to learn the piano trade, the Piano Technicians Guild along with other fine piano trade schools will provide everything needed to get a good start in a rewarding yet challenging career. The piano industry is always changing and growing in various ways and needs the energy and willingness of younger artisans to continue this wonderful way of making a living. If one likes to constantly meet new people, solve interesting problems, develop hand and mental skills, provide people with the joy of a working musical instrument and experience culture, then the piano trade may be just the road to travel.
The invention of the piano is credited to Bartolomeo Cristofori possibly as early as 1698. Cristofori's piano was more simple in design than the modern piano and had quite different in sound and feel at play. Cristofori named his invention Piano Forte or "soft and loud" a quality the harpsichord did not have. Piano Forte's are still around today. Below is a photo of one.
The piano that we have today is not the same piano that Mr Cristofori built.