About Mark Cerisano


Mark Cerisano, RPT, B.Sc.(Mech.Eng), Dip.Ed.(Music)

Born: January 15th, 1965, North Bay, Ontario, Canada.

2006 Founded Mr. Tuner Piano Technician School

2005 Passed Registered Piano Technician Exams

2000 Began studying piano technology

1997-2005 High School Teacher, Ottawa, Ontario, and Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

1992-1997 Professional Musician, Trumpet, Orchestra, Carnival Cruise Lines/Holland America Cruise Lines.

1990-1992 Faculty Program in Music, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

1989-1990 Design Engineer, Liquid Air Engineering, Montreal, Quebec, Canada and Paris, France.

1988-1989 Jazz Performance, Trumpet, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

1984-1988 Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Mark tunes purely by ear and uses a double string, open unison, technique with Non-Speaking Length Analysis and Beat Speed Windows which produces very accurate, precise and stable tunings.

The open unison technique does not use a temperament mute strip and allows the technician to easily hear when unisons have drifted, allowing for corrections and resulting in very few, if any, out of tune unisons at the end of the tuning.

The double string technique (tuning two strings right away) also minimizes the effect of drifting unisons which can happen when one string is tuned to an interval and then the other two strings are tuned to the first string. (Called the Weinrich Effect).

Non-Speaking Analysis technique produces predictable and consistent stability and the soft blow technique reduces hearing loss and arm, wrist, and neck strain.

These techniques have been developed and perfected by Mark, although some other high level technicians may use combinations of similar techniques.

Mark is currently on a mission to encourage musicians to learn how to tune and repair pianos through this website, howtotunepianos.com, and his website, mrtuner.com

4 Responses to “About Mark Cerisano”

  1. Balazs Becker says:

    Dear Mark,

    I found your site through searching for an up to date home study course for becoming a piano technician.

    I am located in Austria (Vienna), I am a musician, just started a private Music School on my own, have Background in Business. In Austria the trade of piano Tuning is not regulated, but also there aren´t any piano technician Schools or courses except going for a 3-year trade School for piano building….which I just can´t do besides my Job/ Family with 3 Kids, church obligations, etc.

    So I am looking for some modern way of getting started, a good Basic course on Tuning and repairing. I am already reading material (Reblitz for example) and practising on pianos (our own and some friends´ pianos).

    I liked the idea of online teaching through Skype or Google conference, thats why I write now to you. I also like your attitude to all those things and if there would be any way I could do a course more online than the traditional way (correspondance by mail, etc.) that would Suite my Needs best!

    My questions would be:
    1. When I could start`? At which time Intervalls, and also important: which time of the day (I will calculate Canadian hours to Austrian, don´t worry 🙂

    2. Do you provide the reading/theoretical material as well? Or just the Tuning sessions online?

    Well, thanks in advance for your reply!

    Greetings from Vienna/ Austria! Balazs BECKER

    • Hi Balazs,

      I know we have already spoken but I am replying to your post so others may read my answers to your questions.

      My online courses are fairly flexible although I try to get six students signed up for the same course.

      We will share our Google calendars which will take care of all the time changes so we should be able to pick good times for everyone involved.

      The courses will run two hours per class. The classes will run once or twice a week.

      I provide a manual that I wrote specifically for this course. I also have a list of tools, etc., that I can provide. Go to http://mrtuner.com/courses.htm and click on tools. (I am still in the process of changing over my old site to this one.)

  2. Leo Sarrazin says:

    Hi Mark,

    found your site intriguing;

    I have been learning classical piano (2years) and am a self employed cabinetmaker (30 years). I would like to learn more about the subject since the qualifications describe me exactly.

    Tell me more about the business.

    Thank you


    • mcerisano@sympatico.ca says:

      Hi Leo,

      Glad you like the site. It is still very new. There are tons of articles and videos in the works to come out yet.

      If you are interested in the skill of piano tuning, I suggest pursuing it as a hobby first; find some books, take some courses, get an old piano and some basic tools and have at it. Be careful not to “experiment” on any nice pianos yet; you may end up breaking strings, etc.

      Making a living at tuning pianos is not easy. It used to be, but times have changed.

      Now, you need to have excellent skills in marketing, customer service, business management, accounting, as well as tuning, repairing, regulating, and rebuilding.

      You will need to make many friends in the industry such as piano teachers, dealers, movers, etc.

      It helps to have a second or third stream of income to make things work. I teach as well as tune. Some technicians rebuild, some play music professionally, etc.

      It can be a rewarding pastime, hobby, or career, if you are doing it for the right reasons.

      Good luck.

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