Tim McCullough  piano


Tim McCullough

"The great thing about teaching one-on-one lessons is that I can adjust to the individual needs of each student."

Pianist Tim McCullough was born in Cardiff, Wales into a musical family. "I am fortunate to have a father who is a very accomplished pianist. By the time I was about six weeks old I had already heard a whole host of beautiful piano literature. As a result I grew up swimming in the sound of piano music." At age eight his family relocated to Dallas, Texas and Tim later moved to New York to pursue graduate piano studies. Although Tim also studied trumpet and viola in high school "I always seemed to drift back to the piano. There is just so much great literature for this instrument."

Tim is comfortable teaching students of all ages. "The great thing about teaching one-on-one lessons is that I can adjust to the individual needs of each student." Tim works to create a solid foundation of reading skills and technique with all his students. "I also think it is of great importance for the student to have a structured routine in their everyday practice so that they can progress naturally. I want to teach my students to learn how to practice effectively at home."

Although he can't choose one favorite composer, Tim particularly enjoys playing the music of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, and Messiaen. He cites his father as one of his biggest musical influences. "He taught me how to read music and gave me a solid foundation for a good technique. Ruth Laredo showed me that practicing the poetry of the music is more important than only practicing the right notes! And seeing great artists and experiencing all the culture that New York has to offer has certainly left an imprint on me as well." In his free time Tim enjoys practicing, cooking, and eating, "particularly great sushi!"