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Double Bass/Bass Guitar Teacher London - Fergus Ireland

Fergus Ireland Jazz Double Bass Teacher (South East London)

Fergus Ireland Gold Member

  • Brockley (SE14) View on map
  • Last Logged In: 20 Feb 2018
  • Sex: Male
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  • Professional Qualification MA,DipRAM-Jazz Double Bass-Royal Academy of Music-(Distinction)
  • Professional Qualification Bmus (Hons)-Jazz Double Bass-TrinityLaban Conservatoire
  • Professional Membership Musicians Union
  • References References are available upon request


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Personal Message
In demand London based Performer and tutor.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach Jazz Double Bass, Jazz Improvisation, music theory and general musicianship skills.
Tell me about your qualifications.
-MA (DipRam) in Jazz Double Bass from The Royal Academy of Music, London.
-BMus (Hons) in Jazz Double Bass from TrinityLaban Conservatoire, London.

-A in Music at A Level
-A in Music Technology A Level
-Grade 7 Classical Double Bass
-Grade 6 Singing
-Grade 5 Theory
What kind of experience do you have?
I have taught part time Jazz Bass Guitar teaching at Christ's Hospital School, been an assistant tutor on the "Dordogne Jazz Summer School" for several years , - and have taught privately. I have also taught Music Technology part-time at Bancrofts School in Woodford Green, Essex.

As a performer i have played at many venues across the UK and Internationally (France,Sweden,Denmark,Finland,Italy,Amsterdam,Switzerland,Germany etc) including Ronnie Scott's, North Sea Jazz Festival, Shoreditch Town Hall, Pizza Express Jazz Club, The 606, The Royal Albert Hall, Shoreditch Town Hall, The Purcell Room, Kings Place, The Hackney Empire and The Vortex and many others. My playing and composing has also been broadcast on BBC Radio stations 1,2 and 3.

I have performed and/or recorded with the following:
Soweto Kinch, Johnny O Neal (Art Blakey), Leroy Jones, Kansas Smittys House Band, Zhenya Strigalev, Alex Garnett, Pete Horsfall, Ruby Rushton, Reuben James, Nathaniel Facey (Empirical), Laura Jurd, Ashley Henry, Jason Marsalis and many others.
How much do you charge?
-I charge £45 per hour or £25 for half an hour to teach at my home

-£80 for two hour lesson (recommended for more advanced students, on a less regular basis- or for a 'consultation lesson' (e.g prior to audition for conservatoire/music college)

*If the student cancels a lesson within 24 hours of the planned lesson, a cancellation fee must be provided of £18*
Where do you teach?
I teach my house in New Cross/Brockley (which is six minutes walk from both Brockley and New Cross overground stations, and has free on street parking).
When are you available?
My availability varies due to my performing and rehearsing schedule however during the week i am generally available most day-times and early evenings.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach all ages from intermediate to advanced.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I can prepare students for ABRSM/Guildhall/Trinity qualifications if necessary, however I prefer to mostly teach students either for conservatoire/music college auditions and/or for professional level performance.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I am a member of the Musicians Union.
Where and with whom did you train?
-Junior Royal College of Music (with Caroline Emery -professor of Double Bass at the Royal College of Music,and Mornington Lockett, 2005-2007)
-Trinity College of Music (with Steve Watts, Michael Janisch and Simon Purcell, 2007-2011)
-Royal Academy of Music (with Michael Janisch, Tom Herbert, Jasper Hoiby and Pete Churchill (2013-2014)

I have also taken lessons with Dave Holland and Drew Gress
Do you have a personal message for students?
My teaching style is focused on tailoring the lessons to the students needs-, as every student is different. Subjects such as basic technical skills and understanding of music theory is essential but i wish to try and engage students by making the relationship between the theoretical and the practical as clear as possible. I am happy to concentrate on the approach of teaching via Grades and other qualifications but can also concentrate on studying the music and particular songs that the student is interested in (outside of Examinations), my main aim is to ensure the student is enjoying the process and learning practically!