There could be a good reason for that! All human cultures throughout the world play a form of music, and as a species we've been doing it for a very long time - the oldest instruments date back to over 40,000 years ago. Science has shown that playing a musical instrument plays an important role in how our brains develop, not only in hearing and eye/hand coordination but also in mathematical skills, overall IQ and academic achievement. There's also evidence to suggest that learning music accelerates and enhances development of language and reading through the cognitive capabilities of the brain.
At Abbey Street Music, we place emphasis not on the playing and enjoyment of music, but how it actually works. At the heart of music making are systems that can be learnt by anyone, and there’s an instrument that’s right for everyone, at every level. Abbey Street Music has classes for guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and voice and can structure a personalised lesson plan to suit you.
Peter Long is a performing musician, vocalist, sound engineer, composer and graphic artist, teaching guitar and bass guitar, drums, voice and introductory piano at Abbey Street. He performs regularly as vocalist and guitarist for local bands Paper Sun and The Winstons and sings with the Spooky Men’s Chorale. He has album credits as a producer and engineer, composer and graphic artist and also organises promotes music events in the Blue Mountains. Peter holds a Bachelor in Music (Honours) from Western Sydney University and is completing a doctorate in music and moving imagery.
Ian Dunn is well known in the Blue Mountains though his drumming with local prog-metal heroes Red Bee and is also known as a guitarist and singer with Green Rose. Ian has been performing, studying and teaching music since leaving high school, holding an Advanced Diploma of Music and has studied a Bachelor of Music at Western Sydney University.