Sydney Music Teachers

Inner West Music Academy

Inner West Music Academy


Guitar Lessons | Banjo Lessons, Clarinet Lessons, Trombone Lessons, Trumpet Lessons, Ukulele Lessons | Artist development, Aural Lessons, Ensemble Coaching, Theory Lessons, Composition Lessons, HSC Music Exam Preparation, Skype Lessons

  • Pricing: $40+GST per 30min and $80+GST per 60min
  • Styles: Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz, Country, Bluegrass and Rockabilly... just to name a few!
  • Suitability: All ages and levels


The Inner West Music Academy are a hand-picked, highly qualified team of friendly tutors providing music lessons across a variety of instruments.

The Inner West Music Academy operates a studio that is outfitted with professional grade instruments and the latest in computer and software technology to create the perfect environment for all students to learn efficiently.

All students are assessed by our tutors so that a completely unique and tailored programme can be delivered to match the wants and needs of the individual. This ensures that every student maintains the highest level of enthusiasm while still delivering all of the essential information required to be successful at their chosen instrument.

Teaching Info

As of 2019, David Thirgood has entered his 15th year of full time music tuition (both privately and in State and Catholic School systems). David has been a guitarist since the age of 7 and began playing professionally at the age of 14. Having had the opportunity to be mentored by some of Australia’s best guitarists including Phil Emmanuel, Rex Goh, Brett Garsed, Steve Grieve, Rick Price and Ross Ward (of Wards Express), David is able to play seamlessly in a variety of styles ranging from Rock, Pop, Country, Jazz, Bluegrass and Rockabilly… and many more!

With career highlights including appearances on The Midday Show with Kerri-Anne Kennerley, regional NSW Sydney Olympic Torch Relay shows, performing alongside Australian singer-songwriter (and record breaking 7 Golden Guitar winner) Sara Storer, touring with some of Sydney’s best cabaret/impersonator shows as principal guitarist and performing in pit orchestras as lead guitarist with countless theatre groups across Sydney, David kept a varied and consistent work schedule always with a goal to find the next challenge and to “never stop getting better”.

With a speciality in understanding that all students are individuals, David is a master at creating tailored programs for students that examines their wants/needs so that every student is able to achieve their specific goals while having FUN!

David owns the Inner West Music Academy in the heart of Balmain where all lessons are held in a professional studio with high quality equipment and 21st century technology.

I had the privilege of being tutored guitar by Dave throughout and after my time at high school. He is endlessly enthusiastic and kind, and my passion for music would not have been anywhere near what it is today had I not taken lessons from him. Dave, I don't think I would have made it through my HSC music without you :)

Skyler Williams

David Thirgood has been teaching my son guitar for the past few years. He is a top bloke, and an enthusiastic and generous teacher. David's genuine love of music shows in each lesson. I'm so glad that my son is learning not only how to pull a tune together, but he is also encouraged to increase his interest and love in music. Thanks David! Looking forward to more music!👍

Tim Williams

David is an excellent music teacher. I had never picked up a guitar and now I absolutely love to play. He has great ability with the instrument, astute knowledge with respect to music theory and teaches you to love to play!

Brodie Mooy

Dave Thirgood taught my daughter guitar all through her high school years. She found Dave to have the same passion for music and who knew the eclectic songs she liked but none of her peers had heard of. He let her pick songs to learn and that made a world of difference to her enjoyment in learning to play.

Nikki Cassidy

Dave was great taking my family from absolute beginners to being able to perform in front of a live audience. He was always encouraging and provided connections to similar standard players and regular opportunities to perform over a number of years. His enthusiasm is infectious and he kept us motivated to progress with our chosen instrument(s).

Geoff Blanks

I would highly recommend the music academy. My daughter & her friend attended guitar lessons with Dave for quite a number of years. He was always very positive & ecouraging. He made them feel very confortable and as a parent this is very important. Always happy & obliging with any questions us parents had.

Leigh Miller

Davo's an absolute champ. Nothing but respect for the bloke :)

Joshua Dodsworth
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