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Thomas McMahon

Thomas McMahon Cello Teacher (Birmingham)

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  • Edgbaston (B5)
  • Last Logged In: 10 Feb 2017
  • Sex: Male
  • Can Travel To: Dudley, Solihull, Worcester

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  • Professional Qualification MMus BMus (Hons)
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check Enhanced DBS Registered
  • References References are available upon request


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Personal Message
I am a cellist with several years of performing and teaching experience, teaching all ages from beginners to advanced. I encourage students to work towards Grade exams, however am happy to adapt lessons for students only wishing to play.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
Cello, Chamber Music, Theory Grade 1-5
Tell me about your qualifications.
Birmingham Conservatoire - MMus - Distinction - June 2014
Birmingham Conservatoire - BMus (Hons) - 2:1 - June 2012
What kind of experience do you have?
As a pedagogue, I have been teaching privately since I was a student at Birmingham Conservatoire. I am currently a cello tutor for 'Services for Education - Music Service' in Birmingham, with experience teaching students ranging from Juniors to Sixth Form. I have taken orchestral sectional rehearsals for orchestras based in Birmingham and in June 2016, enjoyed coaching chamber groups as a guest tutor at the Sheffield Academy of Music.

My performing career began as a Postgraduate student. Having already performed at the Conservatoire concert series' on numerous occasions, I have performed recitals in venues across the country and have appeared as soloist with orchestras based in Birmingham, Redditch, South Wales, Swindon and Wolverhampton.

A keen chamber musician, I have performed chamber works at the Wigmore Hall, the BBC Proms and live on BBC Radio 3 as part of the 2016 'Sounds of Shakespeare' Festival. I have recently performed with renowned chamber musicians violinists Suzanne Stanzeleit and Simon Smith, baritone Roderick Williams, pianist Iain Burnside and violist Robin Ireland.
How much do you charge?
£20/half hr

The first lesson is free and provides an opportunity to discuss your goals and preferred learning style.
Where do you teach?
In Birmingham, I teach at Birmingham Conservatoire.

In Worcester, I teach at a relatives house 10 minutes from the city centre.

It is preferable for Birmingham/Worcester students to make their way to these bases for their lesson, however I am able travel to student's houses if necessary. I am willing to travel to the surrounding areas of Birmingham.
When are you available?
I prefer to teach in the evenings of Monday and Tuesday, however I am willing to discuss other times with the student if necessary.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach all levels, aged 7 onwards.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I encourage my students to work through ABRSM Grade exams, however, I am also a trained ABRSM Music Medal Examiner for younger students who wish to take these exams. I am also very happy and have lots of experience adapting lessons for adult students whose interest is to simply improve and enjoy their playing.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Where and with whom did you train?
I studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire between the years 2008-2015 with tutors Alexander Baillie, John Todd and Philip Higham. Previously I had lessons with John Senter (former Principal Cellist of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales).