No two students are the same so it is important that one finds a teacher who is experienced and able to adapt to each student.

Robert has taught for 40 years, first at Trinity College of Music then the Royal Academy of Music and in 2013 September moved to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama Junior Department, London…

Robert's Philosophy

Robert is a highly enthusiastic, experienced violin and viola teacher.

In addition to the London music colleges, Robert also provides private violin and viola lessons at his fully equipped studio in the centre of Bath.

Robert teaches all ages and abilities and those who also want to work towards exams and diplomas.

He has extensive knowledge and experience, enabling him to tailor an individual programme for each student, helping them to achieve their potential. Many of his students have gone on to study music at music college or university, many have joined the National Youth Orchestra or the National Children’s Orchestra. 

Students have also been successful in music competitions, many of whom are now working professionally within the music industry.

Robert teaches students who just want to play for the enjoyment and develop as quickly as they can. We can’t all be Nicola Bendetti, but we can all enjoy the experience of learning the instrument.

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Cara aged 11 having a lesson with Robert at The Royal Academy of Music.

At age 18 she won a scholarship to study at The Royal College of Music, she now works with the English Chamber Orchestra

Core Principles of Teaching

Firstly and very importantly I am fully CRB checked and hold an enhanced certificate commissioned by The Royal Academy of Music. Click here to download the certificate. Robert Turrell Enhanced CRB Certificate.

It is vitally important that the student takes lessons in a comfortable secure environment and uses an instrument and bow of the correct size.

I am very much a technique based teacher. This means I will teach the techniques of string playing to ensure the student can understand and eventually play ANY piece they wish to study and always set achievable targets. So many teachers teach pieces for exams before the student is ready without the them having a thorough understanding of the technique required to play the music.

I am big supporter of friendly music competitions (if the student wants to perform), NYO and NCO.

I do at times enter my students for music exams but only when needed as progress quite often in quicker and more structured without ploughing through exam after exam.

I am well known for being an inspirational teacher with outstanding results. I always try to make lessons interesting, fun and exciting.