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#616820 - 06/11/08 03:17 PM Piano Technical School
Macboy Offline
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Registered: 02/24/07
Posts: 46
Loc: Hungary/Budapest
Hi everybody !!!

I have some problem with my profession......I am 25 years old, and living in Hungary.
I can't finish my professional practice, because there are lot of rivalization problems in my country...
I can't finish the final technical exam, because My Instructor is very old, and ill....another technicians don't want to training.... because the rivalization problems in workshop to workshop is very brutal in Hungary.......

I learned tuning when I was 12 !!! Years old but only tuning, restringing, and wire winding...some woodworks and regulating..(when I was 12 -18 years old..)
I start the school 2 years ago (total restauration regulation etc)....1 year left to the final tech exam...to get docs from this profession.....

Where and How can I finish or take an exam and get docs in another country from this profession..

Please Help !!!! I would like to be a registered technician!!!!
I won't be a bungler without docs!!!

please help to solvin' my problem...

Mike

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#616821 - 06/11/08 11:36 PM Re: Piano Technical School
RoyP Offline
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Registered: 12/10/03
Posts: 787
Loc: Cincinnati, Ohio
If you aren't getting a response, on my part it is because I'm not sure. I think that the PTG is primarily a North American organization. There are members in Europe, but they may be transplants...people who moved there.

In the US, exams are given at the national conventions. We just gave exams last month at the PTG home office in Kansas City, but I don't know how often that happens. Testing also occurs at regional conventions. If you are talking about RPT status, you need to contact the PTG. The PTG may not extend to your country.
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Roy Peters, RPT
Cincinnati, Ohio
www.cincypiano.com

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#616822 - 06/12/08 08:05 AM Re: Piano Technical School
Bill Bremmer RPT Online   content
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Registered: 08/21/02
Posts: 3390
Loc: Madison, WI USA
Mike,

You can join PTG from anywhere in the world but PTG is officially only in Canada, USA and Mexico. It only has chapters, (local organizations) in Canada and Mexico. You need to see the website: www.ptg.org

The application fee is $150 and then the annual dues (you must pay every year to retain membership)are a little more than $200, depending on which Chapter you become assigned to or choose to join. When you join, you become an Associate Member. As an Associate Member, you will be able to purchase the PACE program materials which are a good guide for study.

About the only way you can take the RPT Exams is to travel to the USA or Canada to take them. There are some exams offered at East Coast Regional Seminars but you need to be sure they are offered, pay the registration fee for the seminar and the exam fees in advance. The total exam fees are presently $180 but they are likely to double next week when the PTG Council votes to make them $360.

The sum of all those expenses including an airplane trip and lodging will run into the Thousands of dollars. But if PTG RPT accreditation is your only way to show proof that you have basic professional skills, it will be one way to get them that otherwise is not available in your country. You just have to decide how much it is worth it to you.

If you come to the USA to take the exams, you will want to be very sure that you can pass them. It sounds like you could pass the tuning exam but you may need some study to pass the technical exam. There is a written exam required first. Even it may be a problem because, of course, it is in English, using American terminology (which often differs from that used in England). There is a book available from PTG which is not very expensive which has all of the specific names for piano parts and functions. It is called, "Piano Parts and Their Functions".

I have heard of training programs in Germany but that may be an even worse language barrier for you. It may also cost more than it would in North America.

I still recommend you contact PTG whether you can afford membership or not. As a person from Europe, they may allow you to purchase the PACE program materials, I am not sure. The person you should write to is Sandy Roady and her e-mail is: sandy@ptg.org I must say, however that Sandy will be very busy the next two weeks because of the PTG Annual Convention which will be in California. She does answer her e-mail promptly, however and can do it from her location at the Convention.

You may also see my website for information on Tuning. The "Articles" tab has information about Tuning intended to help those who wish to pass the PTG Tuning Exam. New information will be available soon, so keep looking there from time to time: www.billbremmer.com

Good luck in your endeavor!
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Bill Bremmer RPT
Madison WI USA
www.billbremmer.com

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#616823 - 06/12/08 08:10 AM Re: Piano Technical School
Bill Bremmer RPT Online   content
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Registered: 08/21/02
Posts: 3390
Loc: Madison, WI USA
Mike, you may also be able to arrange for taking the RPT Exams at one of the Area Exam Board locations in the Northeast USA or Ottawa, Canada by making an appointment with them. The PTG Home Office (Sandy Roady) will help you do that.
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Bill Bremmer RPT
Madison WI USA
www.billbremmer.com

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#616824 - 06/12/08 09:56 AM Re: Piano Technical School
DP71 Offline
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Registered: 05/17/08
Posts: 17
Loc: sweden
Also, have a look at Europiano
http://www.euro-piano.org/html/
I don't know much about it, but they seem to be issuing exams. Summer 2008 exams will be held in Russia, and in 2009 in Chechia. I found that information on the swedish tuners organisation's homepage. Europiano's homepage seems to be not updated for a long time. Does anyone know what's happening there?

/DP
-beginner

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#616825 - 06/12/08 09:59 AM Re: Piano Technical School
DP71 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 05/17/08
Posts: 17
Loc: sweden
Also, have a look at Europiano
http://www.euro-piano.org/html/
I don't know much about it, but they seem to be issuing exams. Summer 2008 exams will be held in Russia, and in 2009 in Chechia. I found that information on the swedish tuners organisation's homepage. Europiano's homepage seems to be not updated for a long time. Does anyone know what's happening there?

/DP
-beginner

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#616826 - 06/12/08 01:25 PM Re: Piano Technical School
Erus Offline
Full Member

Registered: 12/26/07
Posts: 386
Loc: Mexico
 Quote:
Originally posted by Bill Bremmer RPT:

As an Associate Member, you will be able to purchase the PACE program materials which are a good guide for study.

...

As a person from Europe, they may allow you to purchase the PACE program materials, I am not sure.
I bought the (5) PACE lessons and the (2) source books for the exams from the PTG online store, apparently it's not compulsory to be a member to buy them.

I don't know if there are more books or other kind of material for the PACE programme not sold to the general public...

* PACE lessons: https://www.ptg.org/store/index.php?cPath=23

* Source books: https://www.ptg.org/store/index.php?cPath=24

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#616827 - 06/13/08 03:47 PM Re: Piano Technical School
Macboy Offline
Full Member

Registered: 02/24/07
Posts: 46
Loc: Hungary/Budapest
thank's all helps!!

very useful informations....thank you

mike

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#616828 - 06/24/08 03:39 AM Re: Piano Technical School
F-Xavier Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 06/23/08
Posts: 1
Loc: Paris, FRANCE
Hello Mike, hello all,
I'm from Paris, in France we have an European institute for student like you. Europe can pay for your training in Le Mans...
More informations here :
http://www.itemm.fr/site2/
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FX

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