Music may seem magical, but there's a tremendous amount of hard work behind it. In addition to the training and practice of the musician, a lot of credit for a fine performance goes to the people who keep the instruments in good condition. Musical instrument repairers and tuners might often focus on ...
particular groups of instruments.
The work hearkens to traditions handed down through generations, though modern tools are now in use. Repairers and tuners learn their craft in career schools, as apprentices, or through on-the-job training at music stores or manufacturers. Employers strongly prefer technical school training in music repair technology. Two to five years of training are usually required for proficiency.
To make a living, it's usually necessary to live in a city or cultural center where many musical instruments are in use. Job requirements include a good ear for pitch, and a steady hand. Excellent eyesight is needed for work on tiny moving parts and physical strength may be called for. Besides the satisfaction of a job well done, this is a career where success truly sounds sweet.
Repair percussion, stringed, reed, or wind instruments. May specialize in one area, such as piano tuning.
Critical decision making
Level of responsibilities
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
Dealing and handling conflict
Competition for this position
Communication with others
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
Comfort of the work setting
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
Exposure to job hazards
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Make wood replacement parts, using woodworking machines and hand tools.
Repair or replace musical instrument parts and components, such as strings, bridges, felts, and keys, using hand and power tools.
String instruments, and adjust trusses and bridges of instruments to obtain specified string tensions and heights.
Mix and measure glue that will be used for instrument repair.
Polish instruments, using rags and polishing compounds, buffing wheels, or burnishing tools.
Reassemble instruments following repair, using hand tools and power tools and glue, hair, yarn, resin, or clamps, and lubricate instruments as necessary.
Shape old parts and replacement parts to improve tone or intonation, using hand tools, lathes, or soldering irons.
Inspect instruments to locate defects, and to determine their value or the level of restoration required.
Disassemble instruments and parts for repair and adjustment.
Compare instrument pitches with tuning tool pitches in order to tune instruments.
Repair cracks in wood or metal instruments, using pinning wire, lathes, fillers, clamps, or soldering irons.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems
Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Handling and Moving Objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Customer and Personal Service
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Sales and Marketing
Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
Engineering and Technology
Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
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