Fife Sax School is delighted to be offering online sax lessons. We are able to provide high-quality sound and video, and lessons are supported with a host of resources such as PDF’s and backing tracks.
Lessons are provided by highly experienced teacher and performer Ellie Steemson, and can be tailored to your interests and abilities. Students of any age and ability are welcome, and lessons are also available on flute, clarinet and recorder. If you have any questions or would like to find out more, then please get in touch or visit our lessons page where we answer some frequently asked questions.
Please take a moment to read the information below to ensure that you get the most out of your online sax lessons!
Guidelines for Online Sax Lessons
Lessons take place via Zoom, and for best results you will need a laptop or PC. It is possible to conduct lessons using a mobile device, but not ideal as you cannot alter the audio settings on Zoom. To begin, head to the Zoom website and sign up fo free. You should also download the Zoom application, especially if using a mobile device as it will not work without this.
Please see this article for the best way to optimise your audio settings in Zoom on your computer (scroll down past the videos to the step-by-step guide). Note you need to be in a session to change the settings, although not necessarily with another person, so please do this ahead of time if possible. If not I will talk you through it at the start of the session.
For those who have a weekly lesson, lessons will be scheduled at a pre-agreed time every week. This can be altered if needed by mutual agreement. Please give at least 24 hours notice if you need to cancel.
Starting the Session:
I will use the email address I have on file for you to send the invitation which will arrive just before the start of each session. I will make notes during the session and email these as a PDF afterwards, along with any additional material needed for practice.
During the Session:
It is best to use headphones to ensure the best sound quality, avoid echoes etc. The headphones ideally should have a long enough cable to allow ease of movement. If this is not possible, lessons can be conducted without headphones. If possible, please sit approximately three feet away from the camera to allow the best possible view.
Other useful equipment:
- Music Stand
For students under 16 years of age:
Calls should be initiated by a parent or carer, who should remain in the vicinity for the duration of the lesson.