AIM's Faculty comprises a wealth of experience from across music, entertainment, performing arts, and education who are passionate and committed to the vision and mission of AIM. AIMs Faculty ensures that students receive the best possible education through high calibre teaching staff, professional ever developing facilities, and seamless administration.

Beau Sherrard

Beau Sherrard

Position

Academic Lecturer

Campus

Sydney

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AIM - Australian Institute of Music

Beau Sherrard

  • Position

    Academic Lecturer

  • Campus

    Sydney

Beau has been working in the audio industry for 15 years in both the live and studio environment.  He has engineered and produced all kinds of music from classical to jazz, pop, rock, heavy metal, and brings this experience to the classroom. He has worked with the likes of INXS, Grinspoon, The Living End and Mick Hart. His experience and understanding of analogue and digital technology both past and present, delivers vital knowledge and skillbase to Audio students, making Beau a great asset to the AIM audio team.

Beau Sherrard

    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 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

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      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

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        AIM - Australian Institute of Music

        Michael Bardon

        • Position

          Academic Lecturer

        • Campus

          Sydney

        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

          Christoph Blickling

          Christoph Blickling

          Position

          Academic Lecturer

          Campus

          Sydney

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

          Christoph Blickling

          • Position

            Academic Lecturer

          • Campus

            Sydney

          Christoph Blickling was born in Germany and moved to Australia at the age of ten. He began cello lessons at the age of four. Ever since, he has won prizes at numerous competitions throughout Australia.

          After completing his Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University under the guidance of Professor Markus Stocker, Christoph furthered his music education and career in Prague, Czech Republic with Professor Miroslav Petraš. In 2009 Christoph received his Postgraduate Diploma at the Hochschule fu¨r Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar, Germany studying with Professor Tim Stolzenburg.

          Also among his activities Christoph has been a member of many ensembles and orchestras including the Staatskapelle Weimar (State Opera Orchestra Weimar, Germany). Christoph has participated in national and international tours and has given concerts both as a soloist and as a chamber musician playing alongside renowned musicians. In addition, he also has a passion for passing on his musical interests to children of all ages. Together with his wife, internationally acclaimed pianist Suzanna Hlinka, Christoph has performed in concerts around Europe and Australia and has released two CDs.

          Furthermore, Christoph is cofounder and artistic director of Eloquenz Concerts Series. Since 2015, Christoph has been lecturing at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney.

          www.christophblickling.com

          Christoph Blickling

            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. He is on the staff at the Australian Institute of Music, Melbourne campus.