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Julie Date: November 2015
My daughter has been a pupil of Robís for almost 7 years. She has made incredible progress and gained confidence under his tuition and always avidly looks forward to her lessons. Rob is an excellent teacher who quickly puts his students at ease and actively encourages questions and discussion. He is incredibly patient and quick to offer praise and encouragement. With his support, advice and guidance my daughter has received consistently high merit and distinction marks for all her ABRSM grade exams, a grade A at Music GCSE and achieved 1st place for her performance at a recent Music Festival. We were incredibly fortunate when Rob was recommended to us and have no hesitation in recommending him to others. He is an extraordinarily talented musician whose love of the piano is evident. It is wonderful that it has inspired my daughter and it is such a joy and pleasure to hear her play so beautifully.
Professor Barbara Kelly, Director of Research, RNCM Date: November 2015
I can recommend Robert Ratcliffe very highly. He is a fine pianist and composer. He taught my son piano for a few years and I was impressed by his rigour, patience and ability to communicate with children. He prepared my son well for ABRSM exams and for the Newcastle-under-Lyme Music Festival. He also helped to get him ready for the Junior Royal Northern College of Music audition. Robert is able to teach technique and musicianship to a high standard and he does it with empathy and understanding.
Aude Date: May 2016
We have been moving countries and met different piano teachers from different nationalities, but Rob has been THE one to be able to transform piano learning / boring into piano / pleasure. For my son playing the piano was a burden at the beginning, but Rob has been able to take a totally different approach to his learning. Rob is looking at the whole picture, the personality of the student, and with that in mind he supports, guides, and encourages the learner to finally come to their goal. With Rob's approach it is never wrong whatever you play, he always find the positive in the situation and focuses on it to make the situation evolves in the right direction. The pupils attitude and playing gets stronger and more stable with time, the student gains in confidence and is encouraged to make choices. Now all my 3 children play piano, encouraged by the others and I don't need to ask them to practice, the piano is in the living room and it has a natural place in the family's every day life. Music is fun! I am truly and profoundly happy we had the chance to meet Rob, full of energy and deeply engaged in the piano teaching. He made my dream come true: see my children enjoy the music. Thank you Rob.
Raphael Date: September 2016
Rob has been teaching my Son for about 2 years. During this time, Rob prepared my Son to go up two grades. Rob prepared my Son extremely well for the exams (e.g. arranging mock exams) and enabled him to obtain distinction at both exams via his expert knowledge and teaching. Rob was also able to teach a wide range of music in between exam preparation periods and made sure to keep my Son engaged and motivated (e.g. by varying music pieces or practice routines). We are very pleased with Rob and recommend him without reservations.
Dilani Fernando Date: August 2017
Rob has taught my 12 year old twins for the past two years. His approach is very professional and he has supported my children in everyway possible, pushing them to learn something new everytime he gives them a lesson. He motivates them to pay attention to musical detail such as articulation and dynamics, encourages frequent practice and makes music a fun and an enjoyable experience. He drives them to reach the best of their abilities and I am so impressed by the way he challenges and inspires them at the same time. I cannot recommend Rob highly enough.
John Date: August 2018
We were in a difficult situation and asked Robert to teach our daughters with just a few weeks before their grade 2 and grade 5 exams. He made a very detailed initial assessment that allowed for focus to be directed to specific areas to allow them to successfully take the exams. We find him to be very professional, punctual, detailed and competent. He is a good communicator whom conveys his teaching clearly, concisely and, most importantly, understandably. On top of everything else, he is a great musician. We are grateful for him teaching our daughters.
Tracey Date: October 2014
As a piano teacher myself, I find it impossible to teach my 9 year old son! Rob has been teaching Dylan for a year and Dylan has made great progress during this time. Rob's patience, teaching skills and enthusiasm have worked really well. Dylan recently got 144 [out of 150] in his Grade 1 exam and is keen to progress to Grade 2. So, thank you again Rob for all your hard work and I have no hesitation in recommending Rob as a Piano Teacher!
Nick Date: October 2014
Robert Ratcliffe has taught my teenage daughters (and me) piano for a couple of years now. Iím a professional musician with thirty years experience, but nevertheless Iíve been impressed by Robís patient, good-humoured and encouraging tuition. We all got distinctions in our ABRSM exams, and I wouldnít hesitate to recommend him to others.

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