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Fergus Black

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Music Lessonsin Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, UK

Piano • Singing • Organ • Theory • Aurals

Fergus Black is a music teacher and performer who lives and works in Peterborough in the UK. He is based in Werrington, in the north of the city.

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Playing the piano

• one-to-one music tuition •
• twenty years experience •
• excellent exam results •
• past students have gone on to National Music Schools •
• references provided •

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Matisse - The Piano Lesson

He works largely to the Associated Board syllabus. The students he coaches are all ages - from seven-year-old children to seventy-year-old adults - and all levels from beginner to diploma: all have an enthusiasm to learn, which he finds infectious.

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph described Fergus Black as an 'inspirational teacher' when he was nominated for a 'Pride in Peterborough' Award.

He has extensive teaching experience, and has trained both children and adults for competition, music exams, auditions, school and college music entrance exams, and concert performances.

Fergus himself, knows how to pass exams successfully: he took his letters in music in 1999. Rather longer ago, when he was at school, he was awarded the Sheila Mossman Prize for the highest marks in the UK for his piano Grade VIII exam. In 2006 he undertook a week of training with the Associated Board, focussing on how grade exams are administered and marked, and how examiners assess the performances they hear.

To qualify as a member of the Private Teachers’ Section of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, the professional body for private music teachers in the UK, Fergus had to demonstrate qualifications, experience and a professional approach. You can find his details in the ISM Music Directory.

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Organ

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Fergus Black plays the organ on a Sunday-by-Sunday basis at All Saints in Stamford.

He gives occasional recitals - recently at Burghley House, and in St John's Stamford.

Piano

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Fergus Black teaches piano at a number of local schools, including Bourne Grammar School and Copthill School, as well as privately. In the Tips and Tricks section of this web site, you will find a number of articles that demonstrate his approach. He performs regularly as a pianist, playing in concerts and for exams and diplomas.

Aural Tests

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Fergus Black prepares students for aural tests at Grades 6,7 and 8, and for auditions. Sometimes, other instrumental teachers are reluctant to take their students through practice aural tests for the higher grades - perhaps because of a lack of lesson time, or because the tests need advanced keyboard skills to administer them.

Singing

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He teaches singing privately, and he runs the Youth Choir at Stamford Arts Centre, and adults’ and children’s choirs at All Saints Church.

Theory

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Theory is really Musical Literacy – writing music, and understanding how it is put together. Students of ABRSM practical exams need Grade 5 Theory to progress further, but that isn't why they should do it!

There are pages on Theory on this site. Click here. Singers face especial difficulty with Theory - see here.

There are half-term courses on Music Theory.