Upon leaving school, Bell travelled to London to live with his grandfather, Alexander Bell.During the year he spent with his grandfather, a love of learning was born, with long hours spent in serious discussion and study.The elder Bell took great efforts to have his young pupil learn to speak clearly and with conviction, the attributes that his pupil would need to become a teacher himself.At the age of 16, Bell secured a position as a "pupil-teacher" of elocution and music, in Weston House Academy at Elgin, Moray, Scotland.While his brother constructed the throat and larynx, Bell tackled the more difficult task of recreating a realistic skull.
Ellis immediately wrote back indicating that the experiments were similar to existing work in Germany, and also lent Bell a copy of Hermann von Helmholtz's work, The Sensations of Tone as a Physiological Basis for the Theory of Music.
Bell was fascinated by the machine and after he obtained a copy of von Kempelen's book, published in German, and had laboriously translated it, he and his older brother Melville built their own automaton head.
Their father, highly interested in their project, offered to pay for any supplies and spurred the boys on with the enticement of a "big prize" if they were successful.
As a young child, Bell, like his brothers, received his early schooling at home from his father.
At an early age, he was enrolled at the Royal High School, Edinburgh, Scotland, which he left at the age of 15, having completed only the first four forms.
The family home was at 16 South Charlotte Street, and has a stone inscription marking it as Alexander Graham Bell's birthplace.