Frederic Goodwin


  • Organ. I have taught many organ pupils over some forty-five years. All the pupils who progressed to Grade 8 achieved distinctions, two passed the ARCO diploma in the sixth form at school, four went on to become organ scholars at Oxford or Cambridge. The current Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral is a former pupil. In addition to imparting a sound technique, I am particularly concerned to help pupils understand how to project music on the organ, by means of good articulation, registration, and a knowledge of the different styles of playing appropriate to music of different periods. I have expertise in the skills of accompaniment, transposition, harmonisation and extemporisation, and these are explored with pupils who have the need and aptitude for them.
  • Singing. I have taught singing to selected pupils for many years. Several young pupils have been placed first in local music festivals. Two reached the finals of the BBC Young Chorister of the Year competition. Former singing pupils have achieved distinctions in Grade 8 and choral scholarships at Cambridge University, one being the current Director of Music at St Paul's Cathedral, London. In addition to good posture and breathing, emphasis is on the placing of the voice to achieve good tone on different vowels, the energetic and stylish use of words, musical phrasing and expressive presentation. My professional standards in this area stem from my years in the choir of Magdalen College, Oxford, as an undergraduate.
  • Piano. I have always enjoyed teaching the piano, following the ABRSM syllabus, with many successes in examinations including passes with distinction. My aim here is to impart a sound technical basis underpinned by a musical approach. Aural work and accompanying Theory are regarded as important.
  • Academic Work. Teaching music to 'A' level and university entrance has always been a part of my professional life. Many pupils have achieved high grades and many have proceeded to university to read Music. My most recent individual pupil achieved an A* at 'A' level and went on to Oxford University (2012). I am also willing to teach pupils Music Theory for ABRSM exams where I think that this is appropriate; a recent pupil has passed Grade 8 with distinction (March 2014). Whenever possible I encourage pupils to listen to music, and to play and hear any musical exercises that they write.
  • Facilities. Large music room with Steinway grand piano, harpsichord,
  • CD-player, recording equipment and computer. Extensive library of scores, books and CDs.