Australian Institute of Music

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The Australian Institute of Music (AIM) is a nationally recognized private not-for-profit institution, with campuses in Sydney and Melbourne. Founded in 1968, AIM delivers innovative education for careers in the Australian music, entertainment & performing arts industries, with a reputation as a leading independent education provider. Its music & performing arts courses offer accredited undergraduate and graduate studies in Contemporary Performance, Classical Performance, Audio Engineering, Composition & Music Production, Musical theatre, Theatre Performance and Acting, Arts Management and Entertainment Management.[1]

AIM students individually tailor their studies to integrate performance skills, business management, marketing, individual instrument or voice lessons, audio & sound engineering, music production and other specialised units. Students in the Bachelor of Entertainment at AIM, and students in the Bachelor of Performance are also required to undertake industry placements as part of their courses.[2]

The purpose of education at AIM is for students to develop the confidence and skills needed to pursue a successful career in the music industry, performing arts & wider entertainment fields.


AIM has two campuses in Australia. The main AIM Sydney campus is located in Foveaux Street, Surry Hills, with the AIM Melbourne Campus located at King Street, Melbourne. Both campuses offer a wide range of Music degrees & diplomas.


AIM has purpose built facilities, for music & performing arts education.

AIM Sydney features music production studios, ensemble rehearsal rooms, private lesson studios, and performance spaces. The campus has a large central student lounge area with Cafe, a Performing Arts Library and multi-level classrooms across several buildings. Studio facilities include the industry standard fully equipped 'QStudios’ and sound labs [3] where students have the opportunity to compose, record and mix their work. AIM also has the ‘John Painter Hall’ (300 seat auditorium) where students perform their skills to live audiences on a professionally equipped stage, and the Pilgrim Theatre at 262 Pitt St, Sydney where many of AIM’s theatre performances take place.[4][5]More about AIM Sydney

AIM Melbourne is located at 120 King Street, in the Melbourne CBD. The campus features music production studios, ensemble rehearsal rooms, individual private lesson studios and a brand new world class performance venue. More about AIM Melbourne Facilities

Music High School (AIM High)[edit]

In addition, Senior Secondary facilities host AIM High in Sydney,[6] a music High School. By combining traditional NSW HSC subjects together with either music performance or audio electives, students at AIM High obtain their senior secondary HSC educational qualification with a music focus.

Currently, subjects offered include: Music 1, Music 2 and extension, English Advanced and standard, Visual Arts, Dance, Drama, Mathematics, Modern History, Business Studies, Society and Culture, Information Processes and Technology.

Productions and performances[edit]

Showcase Events - Each Year in May, AIM stages its major annual Showcase event, featuring the talents of students across many of its departments, such as 50 Years of Motown[8] (2009) and A Day In The Life[9] (2010).


As at January 2015 there are 1600 students enrolled at AIM.

Notable Current Lecturers & Staff[edit]

Please visit the AIM Teaching page for a full listing of AIM teachers in Sydney & Melbourne.

AIM Sydney

AIM Melbourne

Notable alumni[edit]


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°53′02.91″S 151°12′34.02″E / 33.8841417°S 151.2094500°E / -33.8841417; 151.2094500