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Music Tuition 

Our highly trained experienced tutors offer one on one music lessons for all ages & skill levels in a fun supportive environment. 

Located within walking distance of Hornsby station, lessons take place in our professional soundproofed studio spaces or online.

Our philosophy at Black Wall is for our students to experience the joy of learning music on a consistent basis so they can establish an effective, regular practice routine. 


Weekly, term booked timeslots are reserved for students in 10-week terms for four terms per year.

Cost per lesson is $40 per 30 mins / $80 per hour.

Register your interest to enrol below or contact Aaron on 0412 518 209 or

  • Vocals

  • Piano & Keyboard

  • Woodwind

  • Brass

  • Strings

  • Guitar & Ukulele

  • D

    rums & Percussion
  • Bass Guitar

  • Songwriting

  • Music Production


Register Your Interest

To Enrol

Complete your details below we will contact you directly to organise an appropriate tutor and lesson time.

Meet Our Teachers

Meet Our Teachers

Simon Dawes


Simon is a Sydney-based guitar teacher with over 20 years’ experience.

He has performed with various acts alongside leading Australian and international artists as varied as Regurgitator, Pantera-offshoot Hellyeah, The Jezabels, We Lost The Sea, Plini, Crooked Fiddle Band, various avant-garde and improv groups and many others.

Lessons with Simon are tailored to fit students’ individual needs and goals. They can encompass advanced theory, jazz chord construction, key signatures and modes, advanced timing and rhythmic comprehension, scales, hand mechanics, shred techniques such as sweeping, tapping and speed picking, finger picking and folk picking; or can be as simple as strumming street chords to students’ favourite songs.

Simon is enthusiastic about students developing a comprehension of basic music theory but above all prioritises students finding their own voice on their instrument, and helps them to achieve this by developing the skills to be able to express their own creative ideas.

In addition to teaching and recording, Simon also performs with Sydney-based progressive trio Instrumental (adj.), the angular and appropriately-named Anti Guitar Trio, improvised grind/dub collective Kurushimi and alt-rock group Darling Vicious; he loves writing music for himself and with others, and finds enjoyment in most genres from jazz, punk, pop, metal, country, to experimental hip hop and soundtrack artists.

Simon is available at Blackwall on Tuesday afternoons and evenings.

Ed Rodrigues

Drums & Percussion

Receiving his Bachelors, Honours and Masters of Jazz Performance at the Australian National University in Canberra, finishing in 2009 with an extensive study on Technique, Ed Rodrigues has performed and toured nationally and internationally with many different artists across a wide range of genres.  


Most notably in the Jazz field Ed has recorded with The Casey Golden Trio, Polymorphic Orkestra and is a co-founder of States of Chaos, 2020 Artists in Residence at Fine Music. As well as being featured in issue 78 of Australia’s ‘Drumscene' Magazine as one of the ‘Next Generation’ of Australian Jazz Drummers, Ed was a nominee for the prestigious Freedman Jazz Fellowship Awards in 2017 and also teaches a small group class at University of Western Sydney.

Aaron Batcheldor

Guitar / Songwriting / Music Production

Aaron's broad musical skill set has been cultivated from over 15 years of playing, producing, teaching and performing music.


He graduated from the Australian Institute of Music in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in music, majoring in guitar performance. Always approachable, friendly and enthusiastic, his passion for his craft extends into his teaching, and has led to many of his students, of all ages and experience levels, reaching their musical goals.

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