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.
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.
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  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.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)
In addition, Senior Secondary facilities host AIM High in Sydney, 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
- Tommy The Musical - opened September 2007
- Promises,Promises - opened 3 September 2008
- Dusty – The Original Pop Diva - opened 3 September 2009
- YARN The Musical - opened 3 September 2010
- Henry Purcell's The Fairy-Queen - Performed by the Classical Department in October 2013
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 (2009) and A Day In The Life (2010).
As at January 2015 there are 1600 students enrolled at AIM.
Notable Current Lecturers & Staff
Please visit the AIM Teaching page for a full listing of AIM teachers in Sydney & Melbourne.
- Jamie Rigg: Head of Contemporary Performance & Assoc. Dean. Musical Director of Strictly Dancing and Carols in the Domain. Has 30 years experience as a musician, producer, and director.
- Jason De Wilde: Head of Audio Engineering
- Jennifer Murphy: Head of Music Theatre. Starred in the title role in the Australian premiere production of Evita (musical) and worked as Artistic Director on many of the performance events during the 2008 Papal visit including the arrival at Barrangaroo.
- Rob Cannon: Head of Entertainment Management
- Julian Gough: High School Principal - saxophonist, composer, producer and arranger.
- Peta Downes: Head of Dramatic Arts
- Glen Phimister: International music engineer.
- Eric Chapus: Multi award winning artist Endorphin (Australian band).
- Daniel Belle: Australian Idol finalist.
- Larissa Burak: a Ukrainian-Australian bandurist and mezzo-soprano singer.
- Caitlin Yeo: Australian musician and film composer
- Adam St John - Foti: Digital Marketing Manager
- Dr. Houston Dunleavy: Senior Coordinator Composition & Music Production
- Daryl McKenzie: Senior Coordinator Contemporary Performance.
- Paul Gildea: Senior Coordinator Entertainment Management.
- Josh Kyle: Contemporary Coordinator
- Glenn Cannon: Operational Coordinator
- Jolene Anderson: Australian actress and singer
- Deep Sea Arcade: Psychedelic Indie Rock
- Tarasai Vushe Australian singer currently in The Lion King (musical)
- Priyanka Bhanushali: Indian singer and songwriter
- Amanda Palmer (film executive): Director, Journalist
- Casey Donovan: Winner of Australian Idol (season 2)
- Chris Sorbello: Australian singer, songwriter and dancer currently signed to the Ministry of Sound label in Australia
- Celia Pavey: Australian Singer
- Palmy: (Eve Pancharoen) Thai-Belgian pop singer
- Mark Vincent: Australian tenor
- Younger Than Yesterday: Australian Boy Band
- The Preatures: Australian band
- Australian String Quartet Anne Horton (violin), Sophie Rowell (violin)
- Tarisai Vushe: Australia – Zimbabwe-born singer
- Bianca Moon: Emmy nominated composer of CBS-TV Hollywood's "Bold and the Beautiful"
- Elisa Colla: Music Theatre singer principal roles in Les Misérables (musical) and Wicked (musical)
- Chris Brooks: Australian rock, metal and fusion guitarist most noted for his debut instrumental album The Master Plan.
- Tiffani Wood: Australian singer-songwriter and former member of Bardot (band)
- Daniel Belle: Australian singer with lead role in Les Misérables (musical) and former member of The Ten Tenors.
- Monique Salle: Music Theatre singer principal role in A Chorus Line.
- Three Wishez: Australian band
- Evgeny Ukhanov: Ukrainian-Australian pianist and winner of 3rd prize in the Sydney International Piano Competition in 2000.
- Martin Buckingham: Australian Tenor
- Tamara Jaber: Australian Recording Artist
- Balawan (I Wayan Balawan): Innovative musician and educator.
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- YARN The Musical
- 50 Years of Motown
- A Day In The Life
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- Australian Universities Quality Agency Audit Report