With the Coronavirus, Covid-19 currently bring life as we know it to a standstill I thought it would be a good time to write a post focusing on teaching music lessons online.
Having music lessons of any any nature online is nothing new. With the development of broadband and platforms such Skype people have taken music lessons via the internet for years.
If you think about it there are some serious benefits to having online lessons. Arguably the biggest one is that you can take saxophone lessons with whoever you want to as there are no physical requirements to be in the same place. With only a good broadband connection and a webcam you can benefit from lessons with some of the best professional saxophonists working today, and not be limited to those who lives close by to you. (ed. As a professional saxophonist with (usually) a busy performing schedule as well as my teaching and lecturing positions at both the London College of Music and Royal College of Music, I hope that does include me! – modest I know!!)
Other very useful benefits that I’ve found whilst teaching online are that a lot of platforms allow you to record your lesson for reference at a later date, and instant file and link sharing via the messenger part of these platforms can really help speed up the learning process.
The opportunities for saxophone students anywhere in the world have never been better!
You can find out more about the online lessons options that I offer on my “Saxophone Lessons” page (linked above), including length and pricing options. Having been forced into moving all of my teaching online at this present time I’ve done quite a bit of research into the different platforms available and which would be the most suitable for teaching the saxophone.
My conclusion (and that of a lot my musician peers) is that the platform Zoom is most suitable. This is because if you download their software on to your laptop or desktop there are some handy audio and video settings available on the platform that enhance the online lesson experience a great deal (unfortunately these same settings options don’t seem to be present on the Zoom app). Thankfully they also seem to have addressed a lot of the privacy and security issues that were raised in newspaper reports with recent updates to the software, and this is very reassuring.
I do therefore currently use Zoom for the online saxophone lessons that I teach and so I thought it would be use to write a short guide on how you can make adjustments to the settings to get the most out of your saxophone lessons. Here’s a downloadable pdf: –
As I’ve said elsewhere on my website and hinted above, I truly believe that there has never been a better time to be a student of the saxophone, or any other musical instrument, with all of the online resources available for either free or for very little cost.
Whilst I do miss rummaging through the jazz and classical CD sections of Tower Records at Piccadilly Circus (back in my student days!), being able to use the likes of Spotify or YouTube gives us instant access to more amazing music than we could ever possibly hear!
If you’d like to give online saxophone lessons a go, or if you’d just like to find out more, why don’t you drop Nathan an email or give him a call and he’ll be happy to go through the options with you.