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.

Jeremy Sawkins

Position

Academic Lecturer

Campus

Sydney

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AIM - Australian Institute of Music

Jeremy Sawkins

  • Position

    Academic Lecturer

  • Campus

    Sydney

Sydney-based guitarist Jeremy Sawkins has been an active member of the Australian music community since the late 1970’s. As well as being a composer/bandleader, Jeremy has shared the stage and recording studios with many notable musicians. Having performed all around Australia, he has also performed in Europe and Asia.

 

Jeremy has also been involved in many areas of music education since he began teaching in 1979. He has been lecturing at AIM since the Contemporary Music course began in 1992.

 

Some of Jeremy’s earliest jazz performances were with the renowned  saxophonists David Ades (late) and Dale Barlow as well as the respected expatriate guitarist Peter O’Mara (Germany). He has also had long musical associations with saxophonists Spike Mason and Sandy Evans.

 

After graduating from the N.S.W. Conservatorium of Music in 1984 (with an Associate Diploma of Jazz Studies), Jeremy joined his former teacher, Dr Roger Frampton (late) in the band ‘Intersection’. The band performed in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. They recorded one album, independently released by Frampton - ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ (1986).

 

Since then Jeremy has led many of his own groups, his current being ‘Jazz Organism’ and the ‘Jeremy Sawkins Trio’. These groups have had many performance opportunities in Sydney (and Ireland) since 2003.

 

Jeremy has had a long musical association with expatriate Australian Jazz singer Kristen Cornwell (who now resides in Belgium).

 

He has performed with Jackie Orszacsky, Tina Harrod, Tom Burlinson, Grace Knight, Darren Percival, Nicky Crayson, Lily Dior, Virna Sanzone, Trish Delaney-Brown, Katie Noonan, Kate Miller-Heidtke, Wendy Matthews, Alister Spence, Matt McMahon, Lloyd Swanton, Craig Scott, Bernie McGann, Jim Kelly, James Muller, Paul McNamara, Phil Wilson (U.S.A.) James and John Morrison, John Foreman, Don Burrows, Monica Trapaga, Ronan Guilfoyle (Ireland), Dominic Miller and Ira Coleman (both from Sting’s band) and Steve Hunter to name but a few.

    Glen Phimister

    Position

    Academic Lecturer

    Campus

    Sydney

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    AIM - Australian Institute of Music

    Glen Phimister

    • Position

      Academic Lecturer

    • Campus

      Sydney

    Glen Phimister started out in the recording industry at Trident Studios in London in the early 70’s. Trident was recognised for, and Glen was privilaged to observe, productions at that time including Queen, Elton John, David Bowie, and Harry Neilson.

    In the mid 70’s Glen joined AIR Studios London, which was owned by legendary Beatles producer George Martin. Glen further extended his training under George and many other producers, engineers, and artists at AIR.

    Glen then joined EMI Studios 301 in Sydney in the late 70’s as a staff engineer, and became involved with the resurgence of pop music in Australia from that time. Whilst at 301 for some 14 years Glen worked with many formulative and successful artists including INXS, Slim Dusty, Split Enz, Duran Duran, Richard Clapton, John Farnham, Wendy Mathews, Dragon, and Cheetah.

    The early 90’s began a period of freelance engineering based in Sydney, which included recordings such as Sydney Olympics 2000, Slim Dusty’s 100th album, ARIA winning Jazz Police, Olivia Newton-John, IOTA, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Home and Away, and many live/location, and ABC recordings.

    Glen has been a qualified professional audio educator for several years now, and strives to share his knowledge and experience with students at AIM.

      Joshua Kyle

      Position

      Academic Lecturer

      Campus

      Melbourne

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      AIM - Australian Institute of Music

      Joshua Kyle

      • Position

        Academic Lecturer

      • Campus

        Melbourne

      Creative vocalist Josh Kyle’s varied approach to music-making has seen him involved

      with many different musical experiences and settings. He has released four albums under

      his own name “Possibilities” (2010) “Songs of Friends” (2014), “I Hear, Here I” (2018) and

      finally “Trombone Song Cycle” (2018) music for four trombones and voice, with

      compositions by Kyle and arrangements by Andrew Murray.

       

      Over the past four years Josh has worked extensively with cross disciplinary art/theatre

      makers Chamber Made Opera, and RAWCUS a company of performers with and without

      disability. “Permission to Speak” (Chamber Made Opera) premiered at Arts House in

      November, 2016 and showcased at APAM Brisbane in 2018. “Song for A Weary Throat”

      (Rawcus) had its premier season at Theatre Works, St Kilda in Nov 2017 and 2018

      Melbourne International Arts festival, Arts Centre Melbourne.

       

      Josh is a long-time member of Gian Slater’s improvising vocal ensemble Invenio who

      Andrew Murray’s ATM15 featuring on recordings “Standards and Sudden Death” & “New

      He was a finalist in the James Morrison Generations in Jazz Vocal Scholarship as well

      as The National Jazz Awards, Voice. In 2014, he was nominated for a Bell Award in

      the Best Vocal Album category. He was a participant in the 2015 Banff International

      Workshops in Improvised and Creative Music and The Australian Art Orchestra’s 2016

      Creative Intensive. Josh has presented various projects at the Melbourne, London,

      Stonnington, Perth and Wangaratta Festivals of Jazz as well as various clubs and

      theatres around the world.

        Sam Rollings

        Position

        Academic Lecturer

        Campus

        Sydney

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        AIM - Australian Institute of Music

        Sam Rollings

        • Position

          Academic Lecturer

        • Campus

          Sydney

        Sam Rollings MA(mus) A.N.U, C.S.M is a nationally recognised guitarist who has performed and recorded with a diverse range of the finest international and local musicians/entertainers including James Morrison, Kate Ceberano, Dan Barnett etc. Sam has also performed at many international and local festivals such as the Havana Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Waiheke Jazz Festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival etc.

         

        Sam is the author of the widely used instructional book “Chords, Scales and Arpeggios For Guitar” published by Jozzbeat. Sam is an a educator with over 25yrs experience, teaching from beginner to Post Graduate levels with success at various institutions including the Australian Institute of Music. (Academic Lecturer), Southern Cross University. (Guitar Dept Head), University of Sydney. (Conservatorium Open Academy/Conservatorium High School).

          Tim Kelly

          Position

          Academic Lecturer

          Campus

          Sydney

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          AIM - Australian Institute of Music

          Tim Kelly

          • Position

            Academic Lecturer

          • Campus

            Sydney

          Tim is an Academic Lecturer at AIM specialising in Marketing & Music Business Management and Director/Owner of Open Collar, a business dedicated to the creation of transformative thinking environments in organisations.

          Tim has held senior management roles at Universal Music, Sony Music & Inertia Music in Australia in addition to being a co-founder of One Little Indian Records and working at Rough Trade Records in the UK.  He has played in avant-garde bands, written fanzines and generally been involved in every facet of the music business.

            Barry Quin

            Position

            Academic Lecturer

            Campus

            Sydney

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            AIM - Australian Institute of Music

            Barry Quin

            • Position

              Academic Lecturer

            • Campus

              Sydney

            Barry has over 40 years experience on stage and screen and is a graduate of the Central School of Speech & Drama in London.  His early career was divided between stage and television in the UK before coming to Australia on tour with the Chichester Festival Theatre Company in 1978.  He fell in love with Australia and decided to stay, since when he has appeared in numerous stage and screen productions including:

            In Music Theatre,  starring as Julian Marsh in “42nd Street” (Australian Premier Production), Vernon Gersh in “They’re playing Our Song” (Australian & UK tour) & David in “Company” (STC). 

             

            On TV,  He is well known for his work as Dr Greg Miller in Prisoner and playing leading roles in the mini-series Lucinda Brayford, Sarah Dane, Captain Cook & Queen Emma of the South Seas.  Also, lead roles in the television series M.P.S.I.B., Carson's Law and Mirror, Mirror II, recurring characters on Big Sky, All Saints and Home & Away and guest appearances on Murder Call, Water Rats, The Lost World, The Secret Life of Us and Love My Way. 

             

            Film work  includes Disgrace, Dance Academy II, 2.22, Cappuccino, John Doe, Pop-Up and A Father’s Choice.

            He returned to the stage as Gordon in David Williamson's Soulmates at the Sydney Opera House and since 2010 has been coordinator of AIM's Music Theatre Department.

            His greatest reward is to see his students develop into, not only highly competent actors and performers, but confident and exciting human beings.