The Butler School of Piano Technology
Piano Tuning School

Learn Piano Tuning at your own pace!

Kate Therrien

Kate is a Registered Piano Technician (RPT) and a Technical Examiner (TEC) with the Piano Technicians Guild.

We are extremely excited and fortunate to welcome Kate as the newest member of our school. Her background working with students at the college and university level brings a fresh perspective to our faculty.

She completed her studies at the Butler School of Piano Technology, with an emphasis on aural tuning. With her background in mathematics, Kate applies her problem-solving skills to improve the condition of pianos through tuning, regulation, and repairs.

Having an aunt who graduated from a conservatory in piano performance and education, the piano has been in Kate’s life from early on. While she was keen on playing, what fascinated her was the process of piano tuning. As was the custom in Japan in the 80s, a piano technician would come to her home and tune the family piano aurally as he played various chords that sounded nothing like any musical piece. She has carried her interest throughout the years, and when the opportunity arose, she decided to pursue piano technology as a career.

Prior to it, Kate studied Applied Mathematics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Science with Honors. Her exposure to the subject that combines conceptual theories and practical applications has translated well into piano technology. She has years of experience as a tutor at a college where she supports students of various ages, races, gender, background, and learning disabilities.

Since she joined the Piano Technicians Guild in 2020, she has been learning and volunteering with its members. She has completed her study in aural tuning and technical skills at the Butler School of Piano Technology and passed all the certification exams to become a Registered Piano Technician with the Piano Technicians Guild in 2022. In 2023, Kate joined the Butler School of Piano Technology as an instructor. She is actively involved with the Piano Technicians Guild at the local and national level.