Piano Technician - Music

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Piano Technician - Music

About Eastern Washington University:
Eastern is a regional, comprehensive university located in Cheney, 20 minutes from downtown Spokane. In addition to our primary campus in Cheney, we also offer programs in Spokane’s innovative University-District, plus additional teaching/learning centers located in other cities throughout Washington State. Enrollment has reached over 12,000 students. The Cheney-Spokane area is the heart of the Inland Northwest, with excellent restaurants, theater, shopping, skiing, hiking, lakes, a choice of living in a medium-sized city or a small town, and high quality schools and housing.


Job Summary:
EWU is seeking a part-time Piano Technician to provide technical services for the Music Department's inventory of approximately 50 pianos and 20 keyboards in collaboration with the Director of Piano and Keyboard Studies. The candidate will maintain EWU's pianos at practice and performance standards that meet the requirements of faculty, students and guest artists. In furtherance of the Department's objectives, the incumbent will work with the Director to implement strategic maintenance projects to ensure that students education experiences are supported by access to uniformly high-quality instruments.

Work will take place on the Cheney campus.
The music department is merging with a Department of Fine and Performing Arts in a new College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The position will report to the Music Department Chair until July 1, 2021 and then the Chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts thereafter.

Applications will be accepted through further notice and screening of applications will begin April 12, 2021. All materials will be held in strictest confidence; references will not be contacted until candidates have been notified.

Summary Schedule of Piano Services

Tuning (minimum or base level, other tuning as needed):

  • Classrooms: 6 - 12 times per year depending on the room (choir & band 12 times/yr)
  • Keyboard Lab: N/A
  • Offices: 2 - 12 times per year (Piano 12 times; Voice 6 times)
  • Recital Hall: 6 - 36 times per year (Recital Hall pianos weekly)
  • Practice rooms: 2 - 6 times per year (Piano major pianos 6 times)
  • Repairs are done as needed.
  • Repair or replace piano benches as needed.

Reconditioning, Rebuilding & Replacement: (This is on-going, as determined by the piano technician and piano faculty based on the current state of the pianos and the following priority):
1 Performance instruments
2 Piano studios
3 Locked (piano major) practice rooms
4 Classrooms & Labs
5 Voice & Composition studios
6 Practice rooms
7 Other faculty studios


Required Qualifications:
  • A minimum of 5 years of working experience after passing the PTG exam.
  • Completion of a recognized training program as a piano technician
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and foster strong working relationships both within and external to the organization
  • Demonstrated ability to apply a culturally responsive and flexible approach that is supportive to the diverse needs, including universal accessibility, of our students, faculty, staff and the public.


Preferred Qualifications:
  • Registered member of the Piano Technicians Guild


Other Skills and Abilities:
  • Flexibility
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Time Management
  • Attention to Detail


Job Duties:
% of Time: 100
Responsibility / Duty:
  • Conduct keyboard tuning, maintenance, and repairs.
  • Design and implement a program and schedule of long-term instrument maintenance including: tuning, repair, concert preparation, regulation, voicing, reconditioning and rebuilding;
  • Develop strategies for funding the on-going maintenance, replacement and rebuilding of the Department’s $1.5 million inventory of 70+ instruments;
  • Design and implement record-keeping systems for inventory management, ordering parts and supplies, instrument service history, time management, scheduling and other reports as needed by the Department;
  • Communicate closely with administration and faculty regarding concert/recital schedules and the status of the Department’s keyboard instruments.
  • Concert Preparation: The piano technician is responsible for preparing the pianos for all of the Department’s concerts on- and off-campus (except for long-distance tours).
  • Hire, train and supervise student assistants as needed.
  • Arrange for and supervise all Music Dept piano/harpsichord moving.
  • Maintain the piano workshop room, supplies, tools for piano maintenance and rebuilds.
  • Optional: Teach a class especially for piano majors on the inner workings of pianos.

Summary Schedule of Piano Services

Tuning (minimum or base level, other tuning as needed):
  • Classrooms: 6 - 12 times per year depending on the room (choir & band 12 times/yr)
  • Keyboard Lab: N/A
  • Offices: 2 - 12 times per year (Piano 12 times; Voice 6 times)
  • Recital Hall: 6 - 36 times per year (Recital Hall pianos weekly)
  • Practice rooms: 2 - 6 times per year (Piano major pianos 6 times)
  • Repairs are done as needed.
  • Repair or replace piano benches as needed.

Reconditioning, Rebuilding & Replacement: (This is on-going, as determined by the piano technician and piano faculty based on the current state of the pianos and the following priority):
1 Performance instruments
2 Piano studios
3 Locked (piano major) practice rooms
4 Classrooms & Labs
5 Voice & Composition studios
6 Practice rooms
7 Other faculty studios

Essential Function Indicator: Yes



Conditions of Employment:
This position, during the course of university employment will be involved in the receipt of, or accountability for, university funds or other items of value; as well as the unsupervised access with the developmentally disabled, vulnerable adults or children under the age of 16. The offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion and passing of a background check prior to beginning employment.

This position is covered by the Washington Federation of State Employees’ Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Salary Information: $24,396 - $27,594


Posting Date: 03/30/2021
Open Until Further Notice: No
Closing Date: 4/13/2021
Screening to Begin: April 14, 2021

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Submit your application materials through our online applications portal provided below. If you are unable to submit through the applicant portal, please contact Human Resources Services at (509) 359-2381.

To apply, visit https://jobs.hr.ewu.edu/postings/6623

EWU does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, age, marital status, families with children, protected veteran or military status, HIV or hepatitis C, status as a mother breastfeeding her child, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, as provided for and to the extent required by state and federal laws.






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Posted: 4/1/2021
Application Due: 4/14/2021
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