Violin Teaching

Carl is currently away working abroad so is unable to take on new pupils. This page will be updated when he becomes available.

Carl has taught violin and viola for the East Sussex Music Service and at Battle Abbey Prep school as well as privately. He is a keen and devoted violin teacher and has an LTCL teaching diploma as well as his BMus degree on violin at Trinity. He strives to get the very best out of his pupils and effectively varies his teaching techniques to suit the pupil’s personality and needs. A main focus is on technique and posture in the early stages of learning to avoid problems in playing later on in life. This is achieved in a creative way, however, musicality and enjoyment of playing the violin remains the most important aspect overall. Carl teaches pupil’s who wish to learn for fun, or to develop their skills using violin exams as a way of measuring success. Preferably the ABRSM exam syllabus is used, or Trinity Guildhall is another option. Carl has a 100% pass rate of all his pupil’s who have taken exams, grade 1-8.

Teaching resources/approaches regularly used: Suzuki violin school books, Violin star books, ABRSM graded material, Fiddle Time series of beginner violin books, Dalcroze Eurhythmics ( introducing concepts of rhythm, structure, and musical expression through movement.)

DBS – Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB check:
Carl has a current DBS disclosure through the Incorporated Society of Musicians.

Carl is listed on Music Teachers:

If you would like more information or a trial lesson, please get in touch via email, or by filling out the contact form below.


Eunice – My daughter Amy (10yrs old) started with Carl 9mths ago and has progressed from being a beginner to learning grade 3 level within such a short time. Carl is a wonderful and supportive teacher who also makes playing violin fun. It’s amazing the amount of things he can teach my daughter without making her feel pressured. As a result, Amy attained a dinstinction in her first violin exam, all thanks to Carl ‘ s patience, good eye for detail and hard working ethic. Carl is a true professional in all his dealings and yet he maintains a natural friendship which makes my daughter look forward to every lesson with excitement. I must admit when Amy first started out learning violin it was a mere trial as I felt that we were late on starting her on violin but Carl has brought the best out of my daughter and it’s amazing to hear her play so well. I’m very pleased with Carl ‘ s service all around. Carl keeps me informed of Amy’s progress every step of the way and makes recommendations that are tailored to Amy’s abilities. Carl has been very committed , reliable and his administration has been very efficient from the day we made contact with him. Carl is flexible and tries to the best of his ability to schedule lessons at a convenient time for us and he goes an extra mile to ensure all other necessary arrangements such as exam bookings and bookings with accompanists are in place which takes the pressure off . We truly appreciate Carl ‘ s guidance and expertise and would vouch for him at any time as we are all pleased with the violin teaching service he gives to our daughter.

Steve – I have nothing but respect for Carl Bradford and I 100% recommend him for anyone considering learning the violin. I wanted to learn Violin on a casual basis and Carl was happy with this. For me it wasn’t about learning certain grades, it was about trying to learn a new hobby that will keep me entertained. As a student I’m busy certain weeks and during some times of the year, I cannot afford to have regular lessons. Carl perfectly understood and gave me additional material to learn for the week that I didn’t see him. I’ve had problems in the past where a music teacher will want you to have a lesson every week no matter what and will be almost forceful whereas with Carl you are in control with how regular you have lessons. His teaching techniques focus on playing the violin correctly so he will pick up on the smaller points that some teachers would miss or not correct the pupil on. Although still a novice I feel confident that I have a great teacher and I will be able to look back in the future and say I can play the violin because I was taught correctly. I’d finally like to point out Carl is great with timings. This is both prior and during the lessons. He’s always dead on time to lessons and on the one time when traffic was bad, he let me know that he was running as little as 3 minutes late. He then gives you a full hour lesson and doesn’t waste time or try to cut you 5 or 10 minutes short. If you want to learn the violin then come to Carl. Steve Adamson

Anne – Carl is an excellent teacher – I can see the growth in my boy’s confidence even after just 1 lesson! He is thorough, skilful and knowledgeable – highly recommended!

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