Tuning pianos is what some people call a dying art. There are not a lot of people with the skill and musicality required to tune mechanical pianos.
I feel fortunate to know a few local piano tuners who work with me and my student families to set the stage for satisfying music.
Ello Piano Service comes recommended by a colleague at The Next Step Academy. Saun C. Lee is also available to tune pianos throughout the Houston area. Finally, Action Piano has moved instruments for me, and they tune instruments as well.
According to Saun [pronounced "sohn" to rhyme with "John"] C. Lee, tuning a piano annually can help students:
Hear and appreciate sounds both at and away from the piano, which builds sensory resilience
Sense differences between moods and shades of sound, which helps with social referencing
Enhance their musical phrasing, which transfers to ease and fluidity in daily speech
Enjoy playing the piano, which increases internal motivation for home play, aka practice!
Elisabeth C. Swim
Playful Mindful Music Guide