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.

Lauren Neko

Position

Academic Lecturer

Campus

Sydney

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AIM - Australian Institute of Music

Lauren Neko

  • Position

    Academic Lecturer

  • Campus

    Sydney

Lauren Neko has been an Undergraduate and Post-Graduate lecturer in Arts and Entertainment Management and Contemporary Voice for three years at AIM. Outside of AIM, Lauren is an entrepreneur and electronic music artist.

Her company Glössy specialises in UV and immersive events, producing shows for VIVID (SYD), Fringe Festival (ADL), and Art Not Apart (CBR). Glössy is particularly focused on reinvigorating the events domain by creating visually stunning spaces that invites diverse audiences to participate in live music, dance and art. 

Lauren has travelled the world as an electronic music vocalist, DJ, producer and performing artist for over a decade. Her most recent focus has been performing and directing her live UV Sound System, incorporating live instrumentation into original and classic electronic music. 

As a featured topline vocalist, some of her career highlights include releases with Roni Size, Nicky Romero, and being featured on Ministry of Sound with Mobin Master. Other performance highlights include The Great Gatsby (Beyond Cinema, SYD), Heaven on the Harbour NYE (SYD) Feature vocalist at Hed Kandi (Ibiza), featured live with Russell Morgan of K-Klass (UK), in support of Kid Kenobi (SYD), Brisfest (Bristol, UK), Fantazia (UK) Harbourside Festival (UK).

In life and in the classroom, Lauren takes joy in creating spaces for others to explore themselves and their own creativity. Leadership and creativity both thrive when individuals are self-aware – which is why Lauren likes to challenge her students to look at themselves and the world differently, regardless of the topics being explored in the class room.

    Hannah Berrey

    Position

    Campus Manager

    Campus

    Sydney

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    AIM - Australian Institute of Music

    Hannah Berrey

    • Position

      Campus Manager

    • Campus

      Sydney

    Hannah is AIM Sydney's Campus Manager. She is directly responsible for the management of the day to day organisation and operations of the entire AIM Sydney campus. Hannah has always enjoyed working in the arts and creative industries. After completing an Advanced Diploma in Digital Media, Hannah commenced her first role as Agent Assistant at Lisa Mann’s Creative Management, she then continued with NIDA’s Open Program before joining the team at AIM,

      Dr Paul Geddes

      Position

      Academic Lecturer

      Campus

      Sydney

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      AIM - Australian Institute of Music

      Dr Paul Geddes

      • Position

        Academic Lecturer

      • Campus

        Sydney

      Paul is a critically acclaimed theatre practitioner, teacher and scholar. He has taught at AIM since 2009 across Music Theatre Performance, History and Theory units. As an educator and performer he has worked for Sydney Children's Choir, Gondwana National Choirs, Macquarie University and NIDA. Musical Direction credits include Man of La Mancha, The Drowsy Chaperone and [title of show] along with new writing projects for Parnassus' Den, New Musicals and Playwriting Australia. He has worked on numerous productions here at AIM including Lucky Stiff, Into the Woods (which he re-orchestrated), Urinetown, Selections from LOVEBiTES and Nine.

       

      He spent three years in residence at The Deckhouse Restaurant and Cabaret Theatre in Maine, U.S.A. and time away on tour with Side by Side By Sondheim, Al Jolson Sings Again, Beaconsfield: The Musical (in the coveted role of Beryl) and the Australia Council production of Every Single Saturday. As a pianist and vocal coach he has worked privately and for many major and independent production companies including Squabbalogic, Darlinghurst Theatre, The Hayes, STC and Wicked Australia. He has an A.Mus.A in Piano and a PhD in English Literature with a thesis on the work of Stephen Sondheim.

        Nicola Crowe

        Position

        Academic Lecturer

        Campus

        Sydney

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        AIM - Australian Institute of Music

        Nicola Crowe

        • Position

          Academic Lecturer

        • Campus

          Sydney

        Nicola studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with James Kortum and later at the Royal College of Music with Simon Channing and Jaime Martin where she was awarded the RCM All Flutes Plus prize. During her time abroad, she was the co-principal of Southbank Sinfonia, the principal flute of the Band of the Royal Yeomanry and the flautist for the Dr K Sextet, specialising in contemporary ensemble music.

        On returning to Australia, she began a fellowship with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (2015) followed by a second flute contract in 2016. She regularly performs with the Opera Australia Orchestra and has played with many orchestras and ensembles in Australia and abroad including the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the English National Ballet, the Covent Garden Soloists Orchestra, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the Macao Orchestra. Nicola’s approach to flute performance and pedagogy is informed by her own studies and performing experience in various ensembles.

        She enjoys helping AIM students achieve their musical goals, surpass their expectations of themselves and help guide them to their future career paths in music. She aims to provide an environment that encourages students to experiment, discover and develop the skills they need to achieve their best results and become confident, flexible and well equipped musicians who leave AIM ready for the demands of working in the constantly evolving world of music.

          Dr Vincent Giles

          Position

          Academic Lecturer

          Campus

          Melbourne

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          AIM - Australian Institute of Music

          Dr Vincent Giles

          • Position

            Academic Lecturer

          • Campus

            Melbourne

          Born in 1985, Vincent Giles is an experimental composer; a tinkerer with acoustic and electronic sound in the context of concert music, electronic music, installation, and performance. His works are influenced by the natural world, science and mathematics, and self-imposed compositional limitations. He sees music as a type of manifestation of already-existent natural phenomena and relationships, similar to how mathematics is often a notational form of those same relationships. Reflecting his fascination with things like particles, galaxies, atoms, chemicals, biological systems, his work often employs what he called polyphony of form: multiple structural forms superimposed, counterpointed against one another, interacting in tumultuous ways and leading to emergent structures. Vincent holds a doctorate from the University of Melbourne in sonic arts, in which he explored the intersection of music/sound art, neuroscience, information systems, and evolutionary replicator systems.

           

          Vincent is Vice-President and co-Director of Tilde New Music and Sound Art Inc., an organisation that presents a biennial festival, academy and other activities that provides a platform for experimentation and collaboration in new music, teaches composition at the Australian Institute of Music, is represented by the Australian Music Centre, and is published by – and on the review panel for – Wirripang. He has studied with a heap of composers and performers over the years, but would prefer not to mention them here. Outside music, he enjoys cooking and blogging about vegan food, drinking coffee and craft beer (not at the same time), pretending to garden, reading, and being a part-time recluse.

            Dr Phillip Johnston

            Position

            Academic Lecturer

            Campus

            Sydney

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            AIM - Australian Institute of Music

            Dr Phillip Johnston

            • Position

              Academic Lecturer

            • Campus

              Sydney

            Dr Phillip Johnston is known internationally as a jazz saxophonist and composer. He has composed extensively for film including Paul Mazursky’s Faithful, Philip Haas’ The Music of Chance and Money Man, Doris Dörrie’s Paradise and Geld, Stolen Life by Peter Rasmussen & Jackie Turnure (which won the New York Machinima Festival Award for Best Music Score), Noise by Henry Bean, and Kathryn Millard’s Shock Room which won the 2015 Antenna Documentary Film Festival Award for Best Australian Documentary. He has also written for silent film, including Tod Browning’s The Unknown, The George Méliès Project, Teinosuke Kinugasa’s Page Of Madness, F.W. Murnau’s Faust and Lotte Reiniger’s The Adventures of Prince Achmed. He has also composed for theatre (Bell Shakespeare Company, Griffin Theatre, New York’s Public Theatre), dance (his score for Keely Garfield’s Minor Repairs Necessary, won a ‘Bessie’ in 1999), television and radio. His opera with MacArthur Genius Award winner Richard Foreman, Young Goodman Brown, was produced at LaMaMa ETC in New York.

             

            As a jazz musician, he has played at clubs, concert halls, and festivals across Australia, Europe, Canada, the US and South America. The New Yorker has called him “An exceptionally individualistic composer and superb improviser…”  and Downbeat has described his music as “seminal, brilliant post-modern jazz”.

             

            His most recent recordings are Diggin’ Bones by Phillip Johnston & the Coolerators and The Adventures of Prince Achmed, a silent film score. He continues to perform regularly in Australia and New York.

             

            He has taught at New York University, the University of the South, the Sydney Institute, and guest lectured at Bard College, the University of Ohio, AFTRS and UNSW. Having completed his PhD at the Newcastle Conservatorium in 2015, he continues to write for academic journals and give papers at scholarly conferences. His most recent publication is the chapter ‘Jazzin’ the Silents: Jazz and Improvised Music in Contemporary Scores for Silent Film’ in the book Cinema Changes: Incorporations of Jazz in the Film Soundtrack, forthcoming in 2019.

             

            His research interests are film music, silent film, Australian film, jazz and improvised music.

             

            www.phillipjohnston.com