Dr. Howard tuned his first piano in 1966, the year he started as a music major at San Francisco State College. He has been actively tuning ever since, including a five year period in which he serviced pianos full time in Washington State. He has a special perspective on the needs and interests of music teachers, since he taught private lessons on the piano and other instruments for eleven years. He earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University, an M.A. In Music Education from Eastern Washington University, an M.A. in Multicultural Education from the University of New Mexico, and a Ph.D. in Bilingual Education at the University of New Mexico. He retired from the School of Education (Gallup Graduate Studies Center), Gallup New Mexico.
Currently, Dr. Howard is a full time piano tuner and guild leader living in Wichita, Kansas.
Qualified and equipped to tune, regulate, voice, and repair old and new pianos.
Wichita, Kansas: Tuner/technician since 2009 with The Piano Man and since 2014 with Wichita State University.
Gallup, NM: piano service technician for Gallup, NM Facilities Management Group and Gallup-McKinley County School District (about 70 tunings/year) 1998- 2008. Also home and institutional tunings (300+ per year)
Thatcher, AZ: piano service technician for Thatcher, AZ Preventive Maintenance Group (about 180 tunings/year) '95-97 (Also 30+ plus home and institutional tunings in SW NM and SE AZ 1992-97)
Albuquerque, NM: tuned for churches and homes 1985 - 2008
Silver City, NM: piano service technician for Western New Mexico University (about 50 tunings per year) 19921997
Lubbock, TX: tuned for BODE Enterprises (reference: Bob Johnson, RPT. Serviced many stores, churches, schools and homes, 1985-1992 (about 25 tunings per month, plus shop work)
Bloomfield, NM: tuned for two stores in Farmington, and many churches, schools, homes, etc. 1979-1995
Tuner/technician, Howard Piano Service, full time 1978-1982
tuned for many schools, churches, stores in Eastern WA (100 per month)
Tuner/technician, Squires, the Organ and Piano Center Spokane, WA full time 1977-1978
Tuner, part time, California, Venezuela, Utah, Maine 1966-1977Profesional Associations
President, Asociación Mundial de Luthiers since 2013. Continuing Education, Reconognition of luthiers, Accreditation of technical courses, Service Projects
Piano Technicians Guild (PTG Associate Member. Exams passed 1989: tuning, written. National Bylaws committee, 1993; Local Chapter monthly Journal Editor 1989-92, 2009-present); state conference committee 1989, National newsletter committee, 1991; chapter president elect, 1991-92). Special training: PTG conferences 1988, 1989, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016; Steinway factory orientation in action regulation, 1977.
Howard, Roy E.
"The Future of the Piano"
Howard Roy E. "Concerto for Piano Tuner and Orchestra"
Howard, Roy E. "How to Keep Your Upright Sounding Grand", Music Educators Journal, November, 1985, pp. 52-56.
Howard, Roy E. (Editor). Texas Piano Tech. Northwest Texas Chapter, Piano Technicians Guild, Lubbock, Texas. Editor, columnist, cartoonist, of monthly journal 1987- 90.
Howard, Roy E. "Piano Man", The Piano Quarterly. Various issues in 1989. (Instructional Cartoons).
Howard, Roy E. Piano History, Selection, and Care for the Musician, Teacher, Student. http://www.cantos.org/Piano/PianoHistory.html
Howard, Roy E. Editor, The Voicing Tool, Newsletter of the Wichita Chapter, Piano Techncians Guild. Index
Howard, Roy E. Director de la Conferencia 2015 en Ecuador.
Howard, Roy E. Director del Congreso Nacional para la restauración de instrumentos musicales patrimoniales.
Howard, Roy E. "YouTube" Channel
Video: "A Demonstration of Vertical Action Regulation"
Howard, Roy E. "Music Lessons en Ecuador"
Howard, Roy E. "Pianos en Ecuador"
Howard, Roy E. "Bartolomeo Cristofori"
Howard, Roy E. "Afinar el Piano"
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Wichita State University
Wichita, KS 67260