A saxophone teacher from Denby Dale is teaching music students around the world – with an online sax school.
Nigel McGill founded his website www.mcgillmusic.com just over a year ago with the aim of sharing his experience as a professional sax player with students – and his idea took off.
“I couldn’t believe the amount of interest,” said Nigel, “From the first week, I was swamped with people finding the site and asking to start lessons.”
Although his first students were from the UK and Nigel’s native Australia, students quickly joined from countries as diverse as Vietnam and Namibia. Sax School now has hundreds of students in 70 countries around the world.
Nigel’s online Sax School is focused on helping adults learn saxophone quickly. Students build their saxophone skills by learning to play famous jazz and pop melodies and familiar saxophone solos.
“Being able to play Baker Street or jazz standards like Don’t Get Around Much Anymore is a brilliant and fun way to improve your skills,” said Nigel.
Sax School students log on to the website and gain access to a library of more than 200 video lessons for less than £10 a month. Nigel said: “I’ve kept the monthly cost low so it’s accessible to everyone.”
Students can learn at their own pace and share ideas and tips with other saxophone students from around the world using the Sax Chat forum.
Nigel said online music learning was becoming very popular through sites like Youtube and Vimeo. For many adult learners, this was the first place to start learning an instrument. “I was inspired by some of the big online guitar and drum schools and saw this was a great way to help more players” said Nigel, who settled in the UK after many years of touring as a saxophone player and musical director around the world.
His diverse career has included performances on American TV shows like “24” and “Medium”, broadcasts with Australian symphony orchestras and directing big bands on the West End and across Europe. He has shared the stage with well-known artists, including Tony Bennett and played private shows for music mogul Simon Cowell.
He now lives in Denby Dale with his wife Emma and their two sons.
“Playing saxophone should be all about having fun and sharing great music” said Nigel.
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