Letter to the Honorable Jean-François Roberge
Minister of Education and Higher Education
We are requesting a meeting to discuss with you a major issue affecting the piano industry. Indeed, we would like to draw your attention to the severe lack of piano technicians adequately trained on high-end pianos in our province and country. The average age of our qualified technicians is well over 65, and it is time for us to think about solutions to this problem and breathe new life into the profession.
Our company, Pianos Esmonde White, has been working tirelessly for more than 25 years to promote the profession of high-end piano technicians and an adequate ecosystem for the piano. Thus, we are thinking of setting up an apprenticeship program in order to train future technicians; a program essential to the survival of the piano industry.
We have developed the outline of a pilot project for this idea to present to your Ministry and reflect together on a potential partnership. We bring together the best experts in the industry, and have the knowledge and equipment to complete such training. That said, this training should be recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. It is important to mention that our initiative is supported by many public figures and organizations from the entire cultural community, including Gregory Charles, Gilles Vigneault, Alain Lefèvre, Oliver Jones, Yamaha Canada and Spectra.
Please understand that the purpose of our efforts is to preserve our know-how and pass on the best techniques of the industry to future graduates.
Together with the Piano Esmonde White team, we would be delighted to discuss with you our interest for the artistic industry and for the possible development of a pilot project that would ensure a quality training for future piano technicians in Quebec.
Please accept, Minister, our warmest regards.