James Cullen's Teacher Profile Page
Discover James Cullen's teaching style and pedagogy:
Rafael successfully tutored me through my auditions to being offered a scholarship at Trinity Laban Conservatoire to study violin under Rivka Golani.
Rivka originally played the violin but her international fame and the instrument she principally teaches is the viola so it was not surprising that I chose to study viola, hence I can teach both instruments
For the last 3 years of my degree, I studied with Emmanuella Reiter at Trinity who previously served as teaching assistant to Kim Kashkashian in the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and founded the highly successful Jigsaw Players.
Reasons to study with me:
I’m happy to teach all ages and abilities in a hopefully enjoyable and relaxed manner.
I teach piano beginners to intermediate and violin (and viola) from beginners to advanced.
Perhaps you have played an instrument before and require a few lessons to decide if you want to take up the instrument again.
If you have a specific project such as a music practical exam, entrance exam or competition, I can help with this as well.
For those wishing to take exams, my philosophy is to use them as an aid to my teaching, and most importantly, to give students a sense of achievement. Ideally they should be entered into exams when they are at a playing level where they should be awarded a merit or distinction.
I see no value to a student entering an exam prematurely and "scraping" a pass, especially when there are normally a number of sittings per year to choose from.
Particularly with children and young adults, success in a music exam and the self-esteem that flows from good results can be the foundation of academic success in other subjects. It also can prepare students for auditions and entrance exams as well.
My specialism is the violin and viola but I work with professional piano accompanist regularly so I have a sound knowledge of the instrument to intermediate level.
Being able to teach both instruments helps with parent timetabling and can be more cost effective as paying for one hours combined lesson is often more effective than two - half hour lessons.
I have completed a BMus with Honours at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music in Greenwich, London.
DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB)
I am registered on the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly Criminal Records Bureau) national register and have an Enhanced Certificate working with children as private music teacher from Sept 2013.
£30 for a 30 min, 40 for 60 min lessons. (Please note that my published rates are for teaching students up to 30 mins travelling time from my base.)