SOUTH BAY CHAPTER

No Meeting in July

At our June meeting we were entertained by Ryan Ellison (Chicago School for Piano Technology) and Michael Cahn (North Bennet Street School) as they compared and contrasted the two schools in their cleverly titled program, "A Tale of Two Cities." Unfortunately, the Chicago school has closed, but the comparison remained interesting. The young men spoke of how much they liked their cities and instructors, described a typical day at school, shared the tuition prices (including scholarships), and showed a lot of school pride! Both schools tested towards PTG measures and used Yamaha's 37 steps of regulation (from the Little Red Schoolhouse).

Interesting statistics were shown regarding new piano sales (down for both acoustic and electronic pianos since 2005) and PTG membership (down since 2005, but a larger percentage of members are RPTs). 75% of piano technicians learn the trade thru apprenticeship, self-study, and correspondence courses. Only 14% of technicians go through a residential program. Regardless of our original methods of instruction, we all (as PTG members) continue our education through chapter meetings and conferences.

Thanks, Mike and Ryan, for an engaging presentation.

In July we will have no meeting as certain members will be attending the national convention in Norfolk, VA.

Please stay tuned for information regarding our August meeting where we will certainly be hearing about convention attendees' experiences and may have a program as well.

Please E-mail Lisa Weller to say just what it would take (class wise) to get you to St. Louis for next year's national convention.

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