yp_ian_fergusonIan Ferguson is a 30-year-old musician, teacher, singer and songwriter. He and his wife, Beth Hembd, recently moved to his native Colorado Springs to raise their son. He works at the Colorado Springs Conservatory and is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.

What do you do for a living?

I am a musician and a teacher. I am on the faculty at the Colorado Springs Conservatory where I teach piano, voice, guitar, Alexander Technique and music theory. I have a private studio of music and Alexander Technique students. I also play music professionally in the region. Most recently I was the music director and pianist for “Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well in Paris” at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

What do you like most about this choice of career?

I enjoy it and continue to learn and grow as a musician and as a person, as a result of my career.

Tell us about the albums you’ve recorded.

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My wife, Beth Hembd, and I have been writing and recording music in various settings since we met in 2002. Writing and producing recordings of songs is where I feel most comfortable. As soon as I finish one album I start work on the next. I imagine I always will – it is kind of like eating and breathing to me. It is just part of who I am. You can hear and download them at www.bethandian.bandcamp.com.

What is your favorite type of music and why?

My favorite type of music is good music. I can appreciate almost anything if it is well done. That said, some of my favorites are the Beatles, Radiohead, Elliott Smith, Townes Van Zandt, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Brad Mehldau, Joni Mitchell, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Nick Drake, Paul Simon and many more.

Tell us about the Alexander Technique.

The Alexander Technique is an often-overlooked technique developed by Frederick Matthias Alexander in the early 1900s. F.M. Alexander was an actor who was losing his voice. He stumbled upon some very useful and fundamental things about the way we work while attempting to figure out why he was losing his voice. He eventually fixed his problem, realized everyone else had their own version of the same problem, and developed his technique to help the human race.

We form unconscious habits as a result of our reactions to all the stimuli we face in our lives. The Alexander Technique teaches us to undo these habits so we can live in a state of poise. This has countless benefits and affects every part of our lives. I found the technique after developing horrible and debilitating tendonitis playing music in college. Now, I can play all day with no pain, and my entire experience has changed for the better. You can read more about it at www.thinkingcrowstudios.com.

In which other areas of life can the Alexander Technique be used?

The Alexander Technique can be applied to your entire life. Every moment of your day. I have even dreamt it. Our underlying conditions, what we call our “use of our self” is what determines how well we function. From breathing, to playing the piano, to giving a speech, to running, it can be applied to literally anything. There have been several major studies proving its effectiveness in addressing chronic neck and back pain.

What do you do in your spare time?

I love to spend time with my beautiful wife and our amazing son, Elliott. I enjoy playing music, walking in the forest, hanging with friends and family, and watching movies.

9 COMMENTS

  1. I am a 33 year old man who has been born and raised in Colorado Springs. I have been a Mortgage Broker since 2001 and now own my own Mortgage Brokerage. I have been looking for work for some time now and I can attest that this town has minimum opportunities. It seems that if you have no formal education, it is hard to find a decent job that pays more than $25,000 a year. My friends are graduates from Texas A&M, and had to go to denver for any real opportunities, and it looks like I will have to do the same.

  2. Don’t know if I’m a young professional at 39 but moved to Colorado Springs two years ago and plan to move away soon. This town is death for young people.

  3. If you have no formal degree I’m guessing that you are going to have a difficult time no matter where you go. And I don’t understand why people feel there are no opportunities…there are so many networking groups, events, etc. How can you not meet people? If you think this town is death for young people its probably because you are unwilling to go out and look for opportunities (sitting at home searching on Monster.com probably isn’t going to land you your dream job).

  4. If you read the survey you’ll see this story is a little skewed. Look at how highly quality of life is rated. People live here for quality of life. Are they willing to sacrifice quality of life in order to increase their employment opportunities? I suppose if they are, then they move to Denver or someplace else. This survey is not a mandate for us to throw good money after bad at archaic “economic development” programs that simply serve as population growth magnets.

    Dave Gardner
    Producer/Director
    Hooked on Growth: Our Misguided Quest for Prosperity
    http://www.growthbusters.com

  5. Absolutely point on. Not only is there no middle management growth but pay is lower as well. I plan on moving as soon as possible.

  6. An independent group should take a look at the survey questions themselves. I took the survey last year, didn’t this year, but the questions are very skewed and beg for negative answers. I was surprised the CSEDC put its stamp on it because it was so unscientific. Is Jon S. almost too old to finally bow out of this organization? Seems to me the survey is skewed so Jon S. can get his foot in the door to places to boost his ego.

  7. Don’t be so surprised the EDC would approve a skewed survey. Contrary to popular belief, the EDC is not the altruistic group it presents itself to be. It was started by developers and is dominated by developers to drive growth of their market. The EDC has an agenda. You can’t blame them. Just don’t assume they are objective or have your best interests at heart!

    Dave Gardner
    Founder & Chair
    SaveTheSprings
    http://www.savethesprings.org

  8. I don’t thing Lon has ever been to a CSYP event judging from his comments. Of course I don’t think that the young professionals have ever had an event at The Famous which is the bar you’ll see him in “networking”. I think he’s being unfair to CSYP, they have been an important part of this town for how long? 5 years? You expect them to meet at a church or something? It’s hardly the normal “bar scene” at a CSYP event which is why we go. I myself don’t go to bars otherwise. Oh and I’ve met John, I don’t think he’s too old he’s in his late 20’s i think i heard. In short, i think the pot shot at the organization is unjustified. Great people, great events/activities, and a breath of fresh air.

  9. I moved to Colorado springs in 1997, and have regretted it ever since. This is the only town that I have been in where happy hour is dead. As far as job opportunities, I’ll use a quote from a professor at CTU. “You need to pieces of paper to make it in CS, a Christan testimony and a clearance.” Very true

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