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Submitter's Information


Vicki Shipman


CTE Project Manager


Bay Area


Las Positas College

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Program Details

Program Title

Piano Technology

Submission Type

New Program

TOPs Code

Musical Instrument Repair (096200)

Projected Start Date


Catalog Description

This program is designed for students who wish to learn or enhance their skills in piano technology and become prepared for a career in the field. Students will gain a solid foundation in essential areas such as piano tuning, regulation, voicing, repair, and the business of piano technology.

Enrollment Completer Projections


Program Proposal Attributes

Program Award Type(s) (Check all that apply)
  • Certificate of Achievement: 8 to fewer than 16 semester (or 12 to fewer than 24 quarter) units (B)
Program Goal

There is a strong need for piano technicians in the field. It is a lucrative and flexible career that can be either part-time or full-time. Las Positas College is an All-Steinway School, and we value not only performance and education in music but also the craft of instrument repair and maintenance.

Course Units and Hours

Total Certificate Units (Minimum and Maximum)


Units for Degree Major or Area of Emphasis (Minimum and Maximum)


Total Units for Degree (Minimum and Maximum)


Course Report

Program Requirements Narrative

Music 145: Piano Technology I (2 Units)
Music 21A: Beginning Piano (1 Unit)
Music 146: Piano Technology II (2 Units)
Music 21B: Intermediate Piano (1 Unit)

Marketing 50: Introduction to Marketing (3 Units)
Marketing 61:  Professional Selling (3 Units)

Music 37: Music Business (3 Units)
Music 147: Piano Technology III (3 Units)

Business 40: Business Management (3 Units)
Business 58: Business Accounting (3 Units)

TOTAL:  17  Units

Program Requirements
(Y1 or S1)

Supporting Documents

Bay Area Regional Questions

Goal of Program


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Advisory Board Approved.
Please list similar programs at other colleges in the service area which may be impacted, including the name of the college, the name of the program that may be impacted, the name of the person you contacted and the outcome of that contact.
Chabot College, Timothy Harris, Music Department Coordinator: Yes, I’m happy to support it for you! Diablo Valley College, Dr. Nicholas Vasallo, Music Program Coordinator: We like the idea of a piano tuning certificate, and would encourage any students interested in that area your way. But we do not support that it is labeled under "Commercial Music." That umbrella term represents music business, composition/arranging, live/studio performance, and audio recording/production. Foothill DeAnza College, Robert Hartwell, Music Faculty: This is an excellent idea: there is indeed a need for piano technicians. Moreover, I'm always glad to help a colleague.

Submission Details

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11/15/23 - 10:16 AM



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