Crabb School of Piano Technology
a division of: L. B. Crabb & Associates
4299 Hugh Howell Road
Tucker (Atlanta), GA 30084
ph. 770 491-1432 fax 770 908-2331
web page: www.lbcrabbpiano.com
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At the Larry
Crabb School of Piano Technology, we offer training in tuning,
servicing, and rebuilding pianos. There is a continuing need for
skilled piano tuner/technicians throughout the United States and the
world and we are pleased that our piano technology courses are
successful in helping to meet this need.
are many people attempting to tune and repair pianos who have not been
properly trained. Our school offers courses which provide this needed
training. We have designed these courses for the beginner AND for those
who wish to augment their previous training and experience. We teach
the latest, most up-to-date methods and procedures which are approved
and used by professional craftsman piano tuner/technicians and
rebuilders throughout the country
provide solid information and pertinent activities which allow the
student to develop the skills necessary to properly tune, repair,
regulate, recondition and rebuild the acoustic piano---to the benefit of
the piano-owning public and the piano industry as a whole.
three piano technology courses. The successful completion of all three
of these courses will allow the student to enter the piano
tuning/technician profession at a qualified level. Depending on the
student and after a reasonable period of actual field experience, he/she
will be ready to take the tuning and technical examinations offered by
THE PIANO TECHNICIANS GUILD (PTG). Those who pass these exams become
(RPT) in the PTG.
combines lectures with group individual labs. It is in the lab sessions
where the student perfects tuning skills AND rebuilds his/her own
project piano. Each student is able to proceed at his/her own rate,
depending on the student's abilities, understanding of the lectures &
instructions and, time available for class attendance, private study and
work on the assigned projects. For these reasons, the student may need
more (or less) time to finish a course.
A list of
items projects must be completed satisfactorily in order for the student
to graduate from each course.
"Basic Piano Tuning and Vertical Piano Technology," is the basic
course. It is complete within itself and will get you started as a
"Advanced Piano Tuning and Grand Piano Technology" course, available
after B100, explores piano technology and tuning of the grand piano.
( I/2 )
"Concert Piano Tuning and Preparation of the Performance Piano" course,
available after B100 & G200, delve into tuning of concert-sized grand
pianos under the exacting requirements and demands of performance
professionals and production companies.
G200 and C300
are both advanced, optional courses, which move the student into grand
piano rebuilding, regulating and concert-quality tuning & servicing.
Also, these advanced courses will prepare the student for the PTG
is designed so that there are no delays and the student may begin
training right away! Class days are on Wednesdays for lectures, project
instruction and guidance. Students use the other weekdays at the school
and at home to work on their individual projects.
long-distance traveling, job considerations and time limitations,
out-of- state and foreign students use some of the other weekdays at the
school to accelerate their learning and to complete their assigned
projects. The courses have a built-in "attendance time" flexibility to
meet each individual student's needs.
must arrange for their own living accommodations, though we are happy to
offer some assistance.
student began his training in 1974. Since then, the school has had
students from many "walks of life" as to their education and job
experiences (band directors, a dentist, a pharmacist, a real estate
salesperson, a retired computer specialist, housewives, professional men
& women, young people, music teachers, professional musicians, etc.)
Students come from the local communities, various states and such
foreign countries as Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Russia.
South Africa and Spain.
instructors are all members of THE PIANO TECHNICIANS GUILD (PTG) and are
"Registered Piano Technicians" (RPT). They teach at local, regional &
national PTG seminars in the United States and internationally, and have
provided consultations and instruction at seminars in Australia, Canada,
China, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Korea, Italy, Japan
We also work
with private and government rehabilitation programs and can customize
the courses to meet any special needs.
may be financed and details can be worked out on an individual basis.
( I/3 )
Some of our
graduated students have gone on to successful careers as independent
piano technicians. Others are now working for piano dealers and for
universities. Several have passed the PIANO TECHNICIANS GUILD
examinations and are now "Registered Piano Technicians" (RPTs). Some of
these RPT students are now concert tuners who are working in major
cities and one is currently working for a major piano manufacturer's
Concert & Artists program in New York City. We are indeed proud of
following pages you will find each course's description, curriculum and
information on tuition cost, the number of lecture project lab hours
needed to complete the course, and our Registration form.
and shop are located in Tucker, Georgia, about 20 miles east of downtown
Atlanta, near Stone Mountain.
We hope that
this information has anticipated your questions--and answers them
clearly. Please feel free to write, call or email us for any additional
information. If you have access to a computer with Internet access and
haven't visited our website yet, please do.
Crabb, RPT (PTG)
L. B. Crabb &
(Atlanta), Georgia 30084