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Tuning Pianos In The Digital Age

Piano tuning courses are still taught at the North Bennet Street School in Boston. (Courtesy North Bennet Street School)
Piano tuning courses are still taught at the North Bennet Street School in Boston. (Courtesy North Bennet Street School)

Does anyone tune pianos any more? And how?

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson went to the North Bennet Street School in Boston, Mass., which offers nine-month courses in piano technology.

He met Debbie Cyr, who tunes instruments and also instructs students at the school. It turns out that there is still a demand for piano tuning as many of those who practice the profession decide to retire.

But piano tuners nowadays use more than tuning forks and hammers: there’s an app for that.

Cyr says both the app and the ear have their advantages and disadvantages, but both are valuable tools for the modern day piano tuner.

Guest

  • Debbie Cyr, instructor at the North Bennet Street School.

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