Teachers as uncompromising about music as you are.

Forget everything you know about teachers. At AIM, ours are a world apart. Like you, they live for music. Like yours, their passion for music is intense and uncompromising. Music is such a driving force in their lives, they've doggedly pursued careers where music fills every minute of their lives, through performance, teaching and inspiring others. 

Our teachers are incredible players, astounding singers and industry thought-leaders. They're created arena shows, won ARIAs, gone platinum, scored rave reviews and sent the socials buzzing with their work. They're all working professionals, totally up to speed with what's happening in industry now. 

But they're also brilliant at helping you take your own music career to the next level. Whether that's by helping you polish your technique, anchor a huge free-form jam session with a bunch of like-minded friends, master the next-gen digital tech that can amplify your career, or helping you become a confident, respected manager. Our teachers are dedicated to working with you one-on-one. Discovering what makes you tick as a musician or budding entrepreneur, and helping you find your groove. And unlike a lot of schools, the majority of our teachers are permanent staff, so you can access their genius after hours and out of term. Because creativity doesn't run to a timetable.

There's no better way to be inspired, than by learning from the best. 

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Mark Ashton

Position

Academic Lecturer

Campus

Sydney

Staff profile AIM - Australian Institute of Music
AIM - Australian Institute of Music

Mark Ashton

  • Position

    Academic Lecturer

  • Campus

    Sydney

Mark is the Manager of Marketing at AIM, working within the Pathways and Engagement Team.

Mark comes from a background in Event Management and Digital Marketing, having previously worked at the Sydney Opera House and not-for-profit charity organisation Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia. Mark has worked on a wide range of projects, from the complexities and extravagance of big budget productions such as Vivid LIVE, to small scale fundraisers run on a shoestring budget.

These days Mark is Co-Founder, Operations/Business Development at IMPAK Records, a boutique Artist Management and Label Services company tailored for emerging artists.  In these roles he oversees all aspects of the business, with a particular emphasis on growth strategies for developing artists’ careers, social media & digital marketing, as well as business development. 

In addition, Mark works as the Program Leader for the Entertainment & Arts Management Department at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney. As well as supervising the administrative operations of the department, he also enjoys applying his real world experiences into a classroom context, teaching several units of study.

Mark loves his tech, gadgets and guitars - and has a wildly irrational mistrust of anyone who doesn’t like Radiohead.

    Daryl McKenzie

    Position

    Academic Lecturer

    Campus

    Melbourne

    Staff profile AIM - Australian Institute of Music
    AIM - Australian Institute of Music

    Daryl McKenzie

    • Position

      Academic Lecturer

    • Campus

      Melbourne

    Daryl McKenzie is Musical Director of the Daryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra (DMJO) and was Musical Director of the Victoria Police Showband.

    He has worked extensively as an educator directing ensembles and lecturing in composition, arranging and orchestration at secondary and tertiary levels. Daryl works as a freelance composer, arranger, trombonist and conductor. He has worked on national television shows including Hey Hey It’s Saturday, Australia’s Got Talent and Dancing with the Stars, and has orchestrated and conducted numerous Australian and international movie scores including The Truman Show, Red Dog, and The Sapphires.


    Daryl’s undergraduate studies in music were at the Victorian College of the Arts and North Texas State University. He holds a Master of Education (Music) from RMIT University.

      Michael Bardon

      Michael Bardon

      Position

      Academic Lecturer

      Campus

      Sydney

      Staff profile AIM - Australian Institute of Music
      AIM - Australian Institute of Music

      Michael Bardon

      • Position

        Academic Lecturer

      • Campus

        Sydney

      • Departments

        Classical

      As a school student Michael Bardon studied cello, oboe and clarinet performing as a member of the Pacific School Games Symphony, NSW Public Schools Symphony and the Sydney Olympic Marching Band. 

      Accelerated into university at age 17 he holds degrees from the Musikhochschule Luebeck (Germany), Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz (Germany), University of Newcastle (Australia) and professional orchestral training as an academy graduate of the Essen Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany). His principal teachers include Professors Diethelm Jonas, Nick Deutsch and Anthea Scott-Mitchell, and he has received master class and chamber music instruction from international artists including Professors Sabine Meyer, Christiane Edinger, Stefan Schilli, Angela Firkins, Jaques Tys, Jochen Muller-Brinken, Markus Möllenbek and Thomas Brandis.

      After basing himself in Germany for almost 7 years he returned to Australia in 2011 having performed as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in countries including Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, Poland, Israel, Korea and Sweden.

      Michael was a member of the Essen Philharmonic Orchestra Academy, Neues Kammerorchester Bamberg (now Orchester M18), the wind quintet ‘Pentaphonie’, Sydney Symphony Sinfonia and has performed with orchestras including Oper Frankfurt, Sinfonietta Baltica, Neue Philharmonie Hamburg, Mainzer Kammerorchester and the Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra. He is a recipient of many awards including a prestigious German DAAD prize, a scholarship from the north German Possehl Foundation and a Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now scholarship.
      Additionally he held the University of Newcastle William Bowmore Prize for Postgraduate Studies in Cello and was the 2012-14 Young Ambassador for the Manning Winter Festival.

      An initial teaching position in Hamburg has led to further appointments at Newington College, the University of Newcastle Conservatorium and the Australian Institute of Music. Michael is an enthusiastic pedagogue, with student success including the Music Captaincy of Newington College, scholarship holders at both the Newcastle Conservatorium and Grammar School, frequent high distinction candidates in AMEB examinations and tertiary graduates of the University of Newcastle and Australian Institute of Music. Michael is also employed as an orchestral mentor by the NSW Department of Education and Training for their productions of Star Struck.

      Holding performance master’s degrees in both cello (Newcastle) and oboe (Luebeck), Michael maintains a busy career performing, teaching, researching and administrating. He has performed frequently as guest principal cello in the Darwin Symphony, is a regular collaborator with the Australian National College of Dance, has broadcast for ABC Classic FM Sunday Live and in 2016 became a permanent member of the Sydney Metropolitan Orchestra.

       

      Michael Bardon

        Classical

        Jason Weir

        Position

        Campus

        Melbourne

        Staff profile AIM - Australian Institute of Music
        AIM - Australian Institute of Music

        Jason Weir

        • Campus

          Melbourne

        • Departments

          Academic Support

        Jason Weir is a multi-instrumentalist (drums/guitar/piano/bass) and vocalist with over 25 years experience as a performing session musician, band member, songwriter, composer and producer. Jason holds a degree in music performance and a Graduate Diploma in music composition. He has performed most styles of music over his diverse career, and has played with various bands and artists with releases on Mushroom, Shock, RCA (UK), Creative Vibes, and Move Records. He is a veteran of over 1500 professional shows, both here and overseas, and has played at many notable venues and festivals including: The London Forum, The Marquee Club, Maleny/Woodford and Port Fairy Folk Festivals, Splendor In the Grass, The Espy, The Basement and many more.
         
        After spending much of the 1990s in the U.K and in NSW, Jason returned to Melbourne in the early 2000s and established a successful private music school in St. Kilda, teaching AMEB piano, guitar, drums, bass guitar, ensemble, and mentoring many young and aspiring musicians along the way. He also completed further studies in instrumental performance, improvisation, composition and songwriting. In recent years, Jason has performed regularly in acoustic, jazz and world music combos, and as a soloist, with a main focus being on acoustic fingerstyle guitar and voice in a contemporary context. 

        Jason is passionate about the evolution of contemporary music in theory and practice, and in equipping aspiring musicians with the necessary skills for a professional career in music. Jason views music as a great force for positive change not only for the individual, but also for society at large.
         

          Academic Support

          Andrew Batterham

          Position

          Academic Lecturer

          Campus

          Melbourne

          Staff profile AIM - Australian Institute of Music
          AIM - Australian Institute of Music

          Andrew Batterham

          • Position

            Academic Lecturer

          • Campus

            Melbourne

          Andrew Batterham is an Australian composer, arranger, songwriter and performer. He is active across many genres including art music, jazz, corporate music, big bands, TV, and educational music. His music has been performed, recorded and broadcast in Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA, by artists ranging from jazz legend James Morrison to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.


          After studying composition with Brenton Broadstock, Andrew worked as a trumpet player and pianist in the Melbourne commercial scene for many years. Upon winning the Qantas Youth Award of the Paul Lowin Prize, he travelled to New York to study with Broadway arranger Ian Finkel, and to London for lessons with John McCabe. Other awards include the National Songwriting Contest, Corbould Composition Prize (Queensland Symphony), and commissions from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and many other organisations.

          Commercially Andrew’s corporate music has been heard on videos, TV and radio in commercials, short film scores and corporate events. He has also arranged orchestral backing music for albums by various artists. Recent activity includes Concertino for solo tuba and wind band (winner of the Harvey Phillips Award USA), premiered by Sérgio Carolino and the Banda Sinfónica Portuguesa at the São João Festival in Portugal, Composer-in-residence at the Sydney International Brass Festival, performances at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, a playlist for makingwaves.com, and CD releases for Tall Poppies (Australia) and Cala Records (UK).

          Andrew’s music is published in Australia, the USA and the UK. His most recent work, Trumpet Concerto, will be recorded in Sydney by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, thanks to a grant from the ABC Fresh Start Classical Fund. He is on the staff at the Australian Institute of Music, Melbourne campus.


            Dr Carlos Lopez

            Position

            Academic Lecturer

            Campus

            Melbourne

            Staff profile AIM - Australian Institute of Music
            AIM - Australian Institute of Music

            Dr Carlos Lopez

            • Position

              Academic Lecturer

            • Campus

              Melbourne

            Carlos Lopez Charles is a composer, sound designer, and programmer specialised in the creation of interactive visual music. His music explores the creative use of technology and the intersection with other art forms. He  holds a PhD (2015) and a Masters degree (2006) from the Paris 8 University (France), and a Bachelor degree from the Escuela Superior de Musica (Mexico).

            Carlos’s work includes pieces for acoustic and electroacoustic instruments, as well as music for interactive video and dance, which have been performed in various international festivals and forums, such as the International Computer Music Conference (2013, Australia/2001, Cuba), Journées d’Informatique Musicale (France), Sociacusia Festival (Mexico), Manuel Enriquez Festival (Mexico), Visiones Sonoras Festival (Mexico), Tsonami Festival (Argentina), Acousmain Festival (Germany), Klem-Kuraia Festival (Spain), NWEAMO Festival (U.S.A.), Presencia de Musicas Actuales Festival (Chile), Tilde Festival (Australia), and Bartok Festival (Hungary).

            Since 2004, he has been a recipient of various grants and commissions in different countries, such as the National Arts Center Orchestra (NAC; Ottawa, Canada); the International Institut for Electroacoustic Music (IMEB; Bourges, France), the National Arts Council and the National Council for Technology and Sciences Grant (Mexico), the Excellence in Arts and Social Sciences Grant (Embassy of France in Mexico), and the Young Artists Grant (Mexico).
            From 2012 to 2015, he was a research fellow in the School of Music at the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia).

            In 2009, he was the General Producer of the Visiones Sonoras Festival of Music and New Technologies (Morelia, Mexico). From 2007 to 2011 he was the Head Producer and Music Technology teacher at the Mexican Centre for Music and Sonic Arts (www.cmmas.org).

            Video and audio documentation of his work are available on his website:  www.carloslopezcharles.com