Keyboard musical instrument maker

A keyboard musical instrument

Description

Keyboard musical instrument makers create and assemble parts to create keyboard instruments according to specified instructions or diagrams. They sand wood, tune, test and inspect the finished instrument.

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to keyboard musical instrument maker:

keyboard musical instrument assembler
keyboard musical instrument constructor
keyboard musical instrument craftswoman
keyboard musical instrument production worker
keyboard musical instrument craftsman
keyboard musical instrument builder

Minimum qualifications

No formal educational credential is generally required to work as a keyboard musical instrument maker.

ISCO skill level

ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:

  • the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
  • the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
  • the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.

Keyboard musical instrument maker is a Skill level 2 occupation.

Keyboard musical instrument maker career path

Similar occupations

These occupations, although different, require a lot of knowledge and skills similar to keyboard musical instrument maker.

harpsichord maker
organ builder
piano maker
harp maker
electronic musical instrument maker

Long term prospects

These occupations require some skills and knowledge of keyboard musical instrument maker. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of keyboard musical instrument maker with a significant experience and/or extensive training.

taxidermist
product development engineering drafter
heating, ventilation, air conditioning (and refrigeration) drafter
carpenter supervisor
3D printing technician

Essential knowledge and skills

Essential knowledge

This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of keyboard musical instrument maker.

  • Musical instruments: The different musical instruments, their ranges, timbre, and possible combinations.
  • Organic building materials: The types and processing of organic materials to build products or parts of products.
  • Metalworking: The process of working with metals to create individual parts, assemblies, or large-scale structures.
  • Tuning techniques: Tuning pitches and techniques and musical temperaments for the various instruments.
  • Musical instruments materials: The characteristics of composite materials, felts, glues, leathers and skins, metals and precious metals, woods and wood derivatives to create musical instruments.

Essential skills and competences

These skills are necessary for the role of keyboard musical instrument maker.

Optional knowledge and skills

Optional knowledge

This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of keyboard musical instrument maker. However, mastering this knowledge allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

  • Acoustics: The study of sound, its reflection, amplification and absorption in a space.
  • Woodturning: Process of shaping wood on a lathe and its types, namely spindle turning and faceplate turning.
  • Conservation techniques: The procedures, instruments, techniques, materials and chemicals used in conservation and archiving.
  • Technical drawings: Drawing software and the various symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles and page layouts used in technical drawings.
  • Sales promotion techniques: The techniques used to persuade customers to purchase a product or a service.
  • Types of metal: Qualities, specifications, applications and reactions to different fabricating processes of various types of metal, such as steel, aluminium, brass, copper and others.
  • 3D modelling: The process of developing a mathematical representation of any three-dimensional surface of an object via specialised software. The product is called a 3D model. It can be displayed as a two-dimensional image through a process called 3D rendering or used in a computer simulation of physical phenomena. The model can also be physically created using 3D printing devices.
  • History of musical instruments: The historical background and chronology of various musical instruments.
  • Chemistry: The composition, structure, and properties of substances and the processes and transformations that they undergo; the uses of different chemicals and their interactions, production techniques, risk factors, and disposal methods.
  • Musical instrument accessories: The process of creating musical instrument accessories, such as metronomes, tuning forks or stands.

Optional skills and competences

These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of keyboard musical instrument maker. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

  • Pass on trade techniques: Pass on knowledge and skills, explain and demonstrate the application of equipment and materials and answer questions about trade techniques for the manufacturing of products.
  • Apply restoration techniques: Select and apply appropriate restoration techniques in order to achieve the required restoration goals. This encompasses preventive measures, remedial measures, restoration processes and management processes.
  • Join metals: Join together pieces of metal using soldering and welding materials.
  • Join wood elements: Bind wooden materials together using a variety of techniques and materials. Determine the optimal technique to join the elements, like stapling, nail, gluing or screwing. Determine the correct work order and make the joint.
  • Evaluate restoration procedures: Evaluate the outcome of conservation and restoration procedures. Evaluate the degree of risk, success of treatment or activity and communicate the results.
  • Manipulate wood: Manipulate the properties, shape and size of wood.
  • Estimate value of musical instruments: Identify new or second hand musical instruments and estimate the market value of them based on professional judgment and knowledge of musical instruments, or subject them to estimation by a third party.
  • Stain wood: Mix ingredients to create a stain and apply a layer to the furniture to give it a specific colour and finish.
  • Create smooth wood surface: Shave, plane and sand wood manually or automatically to produce a smooth surface.
  • Identify customer’s needs: Use appropriate questions and active listening in order to identify customer expectations, desires and requirements according to product and services.
  • Verify product specifications: Check heights, colour and other attributes of finished product against specifications.
  • Design musical instruments: Develop and design a musical instrument according to customer specification.
  • Build a product’s physical model: Build a model of the product out of wood, clay or other materials by using hand or electrical tools.
  • Install organs: Assemble, install and tune the organ according to the accoustical characteristics of its final location.
  • Estimate restoration costs: Estimate the cost implications of restoring and replacing products or parts.
  • Sand wood: Use sanding machines or hand tools to remove paint or other substances from the surface of the wood, or to smoothen and finish the wood.
  • Produce harpsichord components: Choose the appropriate materials and tools, and build the components of musical instruments such as harpsichords, clavichords or spinets. Create components such as sound boards, jacks, strings and keyboards.
  • Play musical instruments: Manipulate purpose-built or improvised instruments to produce musical sounds.
  • Dye wood: Mix the powder dye with water and/or liquid dye and any other necessary ingredients to create the desired colour and apply it to the wood.
  • Produce piano components: Choose the appropriate materials and tools, and build the different piano parts such as frames, pedal mechanisms, keyboards and strings.
  • Create wood joints: Use the proper tools and processes to create the joints where multiple pieces of wood fit together.
  • Select restoration activities: Determine restoration needs and requirements and plan the activities. Consider the desired results, the level of intervention required, evaluation of alternatives, constraints on actions, stakeholder demands, possible risks and future options.
  • Develop design plans: Develop design plans by using computer-aided-design (CAD); work in accordance with budget estimates; organise and conduct meetings with clients.
  • Trade in musical instruments: Buy and sell musical instruments, or serve as an intermediate between potential buyers and sellers.
  • Produce organ components: Choose the appropriate materials and tools, and build the different parts of an organ such as wind chests, pipes, bellows, keyboards, pedals, organ consoles and cases.

ISCO group and title

7312 – Musical instrument makers and tuners


References
  1. Keyboard musical instrument maker – ESCO
  2. Featured image: Photo by Johannes Plenio on Unsplash
Last updated on September 29, 2022

What do you want to do with this job?

You will be brought to the forum page

Requires a business account

Requires a business account

Thinking about your next career move?

Answer a few questions about your jobs and education, and we’ll give you suggestions about your best possible career move. It’s completely free!