Instrument Repairer and Tuner

Tune up a variety of woodwinds, pianos, and stringed instruments.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$19,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Instrument Repairer and Tuners do?

If you know anything about music (or even if you don’t) you know that one of the worst sounds is when someone is out of tune. As an Instrument Repairer and Tuner, you protect people’s ears by fixing broken instruments and putting them back on the right note. Though repairing and tuning are two separate tasks, someone making a solid career as an Instrument Repairer and Tuner— usually practices them both.

All instruments need to be tuned and repaired at some point, though each has a different set of needs. An Instrument Repairer and Tuner should be able to fix pretty much anything, but you’ll focus on one area be it woodwinds, pianos, strings or brass. Doing this means you’ll know about the specific tools and parts for whatever instrument you focus on.

The way an Instrument Repairer and Tuner approaches a broken instrument will change based on what you’re dealing with. For example a broken violin will be brought in where you can fix it by changing its strings. For an ailing piano however, you’ll need to make a house call since that is an instrument too big to bring anywhere.

The same thing goes for tuning; you won’t tune a clarinet since this is something the player will do on a daily basis, but you’ll tune pipe organs since this is a specialized skill and only done every once in a while.

You’re going to need to know how to play at least one instrument, though most Repairers and Tuners know how to play a lot of things—you can’t tell if something is out of tune unless you know what it sounds like in tune.

Should I be an Instrument Repairer and Tuner?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Band Instrument Repair Technician, Keyboard Instrument Tuner, Stringed Instrument Tuner

    How to Become an
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