Subjects taught

Lessons usually take place in blocks of ten, in each of the three school terms. Lessons are also available over the Summer. For students who are at public school, lessons are during exeats and holidays.

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.

Taster Lessons

Potential students need to be happy at this stage that Fergus Black has an approach which they would find sympathetic - he prefers to meet prospective students, and to hear them perform and give them feedback - a kind of taster lesson. Usually this will last 20-30 minutes.

If you are already having lessons, please bring a piece you can perform (not something you have just started work on).

Waiting List

For private students, Fergus gives preference to:
• post-Grade 5 students in Piano or Singing
• A-level music students with advanced instrumental skills who need to improve their keyboard skills ( there is a page to view: Teaching Keyboard Skills to A-level students)
• able students whatever age or level
• organists
Other than that, he operates a waiting list.