Our two-year program in piano technology emphasizes the collaborative relationship between the concert artist and piano technician. Instruction, hands-on learning, mentoring, and regular projects will further equip students for work with the grand instrument as well as the musician.

Applicants must complete an in-person audition at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, a Steinway and Sons factory, or an authorized Steinway facility. The audition will include the following:

  • tuning a Steinway grand piano,
  • regulating a grand action model,
  • performing repairs to broken strings and action parts,
  • repinning action centers, and
  • demonstrating a high proficiency in general shop skills.

Additionally, students must submit a personal statement, transcripts of high school and postsecondary work, and three letters of recommendation. Students with a background in musical performance are preferred, and preference will be given to students with a bachelor’s degree or certificate in piano technology from an accredited artisan school.

International students will have an informal assessment of their conversational English proficiency during the audition.

To apply online, follow the link to the Application Management portal. Follow the instructions on how to create an account to start a new application. Be sure to select the Artist Diploma - Piano Technology program before creating your application. Deadline to apply is April 15, 2017.

For more information, contact John Cavanaugh, executive director of piano technology, at (440) 775-8275, or john.cavanaugh@oberlin.edu.

See the Gainful Employment Disclosure for Artist Diploma.