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Mr James Cullen - Viola and Violin
Mr James Cullen - Viola and Violin

Musical Development

I completed a BMus with Honours degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music in Greenwich, London and a Master in Performance (MMus) at the Guild Hall School of Music, London in 2019.

As a quartet player with the the Celia String Quartet, we reached the Semi - finals of the 2019 St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Competition, London.
Instruments: Violin
Music Theory
Genre/Style(s): Classical
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced
Memberships: (verified) Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)


Teaching Area

My general teaching locus is the Golders Green and Hampstead and surrounding area of London.

Because of Covid 19, I currently only teaching over the internet.


I’m happy to teach all ages and abilities in a hopefully enjoyable and relaxed manner.

I teach both viola and violin from beginners to advanced.

Perhaps you have played the violin or viola 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.

Considering Playing The Viola?

If you are considering playing the viola I can provide “taster” lessons. Most viola players start playing the violin and later convert to viola. This means that there are considerably more violin players than viola but there are significant numbers of viola plays that make up classical quartets, chamber groups and orchestras. As a result there may be better and more prominent opportunities converting to viola playing, at school, university and adult life. For those parents trying to get their children into schools where there is a strong music department, it might be worth while investigating if playing a the viola would be an asset both in terms of obtaining the place and possible bursaries.

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 1/2 hour and £40 for 1 hour lessons.

email address : [email protected]

07983 418222

website :

Contact James

Address: Childs Hill
Fortune Green
Finchley Road
Belsize Park
Golders Green
West Hampstead
Greater London
Phone: 07983 418222
Mobile: 07983 418222
Fee (30 minutes): £30.00
Fee (60 minutes): £40.00

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