My name is Nick. I have been teaching double bass and electric bass for 12 years (including the last 7 as a WAAPA sessional staff member), with a focus on jazz and contemporary music.
I have completed both a PhD and Bachelor’s degree (First Class Honours) in music, as well as a Bachelor of Science. I play with a number of Perth-based jazz and contemporary music ensembles, but my passion is for writing and recording my own music! Check out Phantoms (Nick Abbey, 2019), Brotherhood (Abbey/Foster/Falle, 2013), and Speedrun (TRISK, 2015) to hear some of it.
My teaching style very much revolves around nurturing the curiosity of students that have expressed a desire to learn music. I encourage students to ask questions and to think critically about how they practise, to inspire them to become self-sufficient in their own learning. I focus on bridging the gap between students’ interests and the technical and theoretical concepts required to support those ideas and further their musicianship. My current students represent a wide variety of age groups, and I am passionate about helping others pursue their musical ambitions, whatever their experience level.
I take individual lesson in double bass, bass guitar, music theory and chart writing (jazz/contemporary focussed), and composition, and coach small ensembles. I prefer to conduct my one-to-one lessons from my home office in Dianella, but other arrangements can be discussed.
— $80 for a one-hour one-on-one lesson (paid upfront before commencement of a block of 5 sessions; first lesson can be paid as a one-off).
— $130 per hour for coaching ensembles of any size (paid per session).
— An additional cost may be negotiated for travel outside of Dianella.
I have a Working With Children (WWC) card and a National police clearance.
Phone: 0401 368 982