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Deryn Cullen - Professional Cello Teacher in Leeds

Deryn Cullen Cello Teacher (Bradford)

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  • Professional Qualification B MUS (HONS) - South African College of Music
  • Professional Qualification PLM - University of Stellenbosch
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check Full, enhanced
  • Professional Membership ISM, PRS
  • References References are available upon request
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Personal Message
I'm as passionate about teaching music as I am about playing and composing it. I hope to share that passion with you!
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach the following disciplines: Cello beginner to advanced (post-Grade 8), Piano beginner to intermediate (Grade 6) and Music Theory and Practical Musicianship elementary to advanced (college level).
Tell me about your qualifications.
I studied music at the Conservatory, University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) where I obtained a Performers Licentiate in Music in 1998. I obtained a B Mus (Hons) from the South African College of Music (University of Cape Town) in June 2000. I studied both cello and piano at performance level. Prior to my university studies I achieved grade 8 with distinction in cello and grade 7 with distinction in piano.
What kind of experience do you have?
In addition to running an over-subscribed music teaching studio I am a professional composer, cellist and writer. I run a music composition partnership called Entropik Music with my husband: we compose and produce music for film, TV and media. I gained a wealth of professional orchestral and session experience during and after my studies and continue to work as a recording artist for Striking Media Music.

I have been teaching since 1996 and draw on my performing, orchestral and composition experience to give my students a broad perspective on their studies. I contribute teaching articles to Strings Magazine (String Letter Publishing, USA) and Music Teacher Magazine (Rhinegold Publishing, UK). I recently wrote a method for adults returning to the cello called Restart Cello (published by Music Sales Limited).
How much do you charge?
Initial consultation fee: £30

Detailed fee structure:

30 minute lesson: £20

45 minute lesson: £30

60 minute lesson: £40
4 x 60 minute lessons: £140

90 minute lesson: £50
4 x 90 minute lessons: £180

120 minute lesson: £60
4 x 120 minute lessons: £220

Block booking discounts shown above are only eligible for weekly lesson attendance.
Where do you teach?
I teach at my home in Wyke (BD12) in a relaxed and pleasant musical environment. I have professional audio and video recording equipment, and can record and edit part or all of your lesson on request for a small additional fee.
In addition, I can record your performance for auditions or personal use (video and/or audio); and I offer bespoke recordings of your repertoire for you to play/ practise along to.
When are you available?
Please contact me for availability as my schedule varies. I teach during the school holidays but may be away occasionally in which case I will give plenty of notice.
Notice for lesson cancellations (to be avoided as far as possible) must be given at least 48 hours in advance of the scheduled lesson, and will only be refunded as a lesson credit valid for 2 weeks from the scheduled lesson. Notice for planned trips must be given at least a week in advance. Lessons cancelled with less than 48 hours notice will be charged at the full rate.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach students of all ages and ability and am happy to take on beginners with no previous musical training. Adult beginners and re-starters are also welcome. I also offer short term lessons to those looking for additional input for their exam or audition preparation..
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
ABRSM Grades 1 - 8
ABRSM Diplomas: DipABRSM (performance or teaching), LRSM (performance or teaching)
I do not consider exams an essential element of learning to play an instrument - they are not for everyone! However, some people find them an excellent way to gauge their progress and set goals to work towards.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I offer online lessons for ABRSM theory exam preparation as well as extra tutoring for GCSE and A Level music via Skype. Please contact me for further details.
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
Musicians' Union
Performing Right Society (PRS for Music)
Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society (MCPS)
Where and with whom did you train?
I studied cello with Dalena Roux (University of Stellenbosch), Michael Haller (University of the Free State) and Arend Brink (Free State Musicon).
My piano teachers were John Antoniadis (University of Stellenbosch) and Brigitte Botha (St. Michael's School, Bloemfontein)
Cello Master classes:
Mark Drobinsky
Torleif Thedeen
Maria Kliegel
Anna Shuttleworth
Tell me about some of your current students.
I currently have 23 students who range in age from 5 - 77 and ability from beginner to advanced. Many have played exams and passed with merit or distinction. A couple of past students have gone on to become professional or semi-professional musicians.
Do you have a personal message for students?
Teaching music is not a hobby for me; it is an integral part of my career. I take the musical development of each of my students very seriously, which means I expect a certain level of commitment to practising and attending regular lessons - without this you will gain very little from your lessons. As your teacher I will always do what I can to help you establish an effective practise regime. However, those who are ultimately unwilling to put in the necessary work will find me unwilling to teach.