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John T. Shepard

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An international nonprofit organization of piano tuners and technicians that monitors and maintains standards in the craft, in the absence of government licensing. Formed in 1958 by the merger of the National Association of Piano Tuners (founded 1908) and the American Society of Piano Technicians (founded 1940), the PTG is organized into regions throughout the United States and worldwide, offering to its members opportunities for accreditation, continuing education and professional development. Members may progress through an apprentice-like program of classes and examinations to improve their skills to the level of Registered Piano Technician (RPT). Additionally, the Guild serves as a public resource for piano technology and actively supports music education. In 2010, the Guild was headquartered in Kansas City and had over 4000 members worldwide. The organization publishes the monthly Piano Technicians Journal and a wide variety of technical manuals and bulletins, and offers a technician referral service on its website (...