Talia Turnbull

Talia T.

Honolulu, HI

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Talia delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I am a professional cellist and string music teacher and I'm passionate about helping others enjoy making music. I have worked with students of all skill levels, ages 5 to 85, and my patient and encouraging teaching style ensures that all of my students succeed.

In 2012, I received a Master of Music degree in cello performance and music education from the Ohio State University, where I worked with world-renowned string pedagogue Robert Gillespie. I also held a K-12 Music Teaching License in Ohio and directed the orchestra program in the Grandview Heights public schools, so I'm comfortable teaching violin, viola, cello, and bass. Prior to Ohio, I completed a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Oregon, where I majored in music education and cello performance. More recently, I taught strings overseas for two years at the American Conservatory of Paris in France.

I'm a cellist, but I'm not just a classical musician. In addition to performing with many orchestras and chamber music groups over the years, I have also recorded music for rock bands and learned fiddling, jazz, and improvisation techniques. I am eager to help my students develop a solid foundation in music while allowing them to explore different genres and interests and find what makes them passionate about music.

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Master of Music, Cello Performance
Sep 2009 - Jun 2012
Ohio State University
Bachelor of Music, Cello Performance and Music Education
Sep 2005 - Jun 2009
University of Oregon


Professional Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


K-12 Music Teaching License
Jun 2011
State of Ohio


American String Teachers Association
Mar 2008

The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.

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Elizabeth Feb 19, 2018
Cello · In home

Talia is very kind, warm and supportive. She's also extremely talented and a great teacher because her structure and approach is appropriate and she has lots of techniques to share that are helpful. I highly recommend Talia as an instructor!

Rachel Sep 3, 2017
Cello · In studio

Talia is an extremely caring and knowledgeable teacher. I took cello lesson from her for five years and highly recommend her. She has been such an important mentor to me as I have gone through high school and begun college as a music major. Whether you are playing for your own enjoyment or thinking about auditioning for an advanced group, Talia will meet you where you are at and help you succeed.

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Katie Aug 30, 2017
Cello · In studio

Talia was gentle and encouraging while inspiring my daughter to love her cello. Talia helped my daughter's skills advance enough that she was accepted into a very competitive orchestra. I will always be grateful for the confidence and joy that Talia gave my young cellist!

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Mai Aug 30, 2017
Cello · In studio

Talia is absolutely one in a million! Her knowledge and competence as a musician and teacher are outstanding. She is calm, patient, encouraging, and quite attuned to the individual interests and personality of her students. Not many people are able to really "get" and understand the quirkiness of my daughter, but Talia was able to draw her out and to help nurture her strengths and creativity. She truly cares for her students as people and as musicians. What we wouldn't give to have her back! The students here in Columbus,OH who were blessed enough to have her as a teacher feel a great loss in her moving away, and feel a special connection to her. Highly recommend her!

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Geetha Aug 30, 2017

The best teacher one can have. Extremely patient, very brilliant in knowing the student's needs and teaches accordingly and bring each student's playing level to great heights.

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