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.
Nic Cecire is an in-demand drummer and educator based in Sydney.
He graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Studies course, has completed a Graduate Certificate in Music (AIM) and has studied with some of Australia’s finest drummers including David Jones and Andrew Gander. Nic has been a lecturer in the contemporary music department for 12 years at the Australian Institute of Music.
His long list of diverse performing and recording credits includes:
Pop icons: Wendy Mathews, The Whitlams, Jenny Morris, Boy George/Culture Club, Glenn Shorrock, Grace Knight, Rhonda Birchmore and Christine Anu.
Jazz singers: Tina Harrod, Lily Dior, Trish Delaney Brown, Kristen Berardi, Virna Sanzone, Nicky Crayson, Jade MacRae and Daryl Aberhart.
Jazz, World music and big bands: Phillip Johnston and The Coolerators, the catholics, Tim Rollinson, Steve Hunter trio, Mike Nock, Greg Coffin trio, Darren Heinrich Trio, Jeremy Sawkins, Adam Miller, Dave MacRae, Ray Aldridge, Urban Gypsy’s and Monsieur Camembert. The Sonic Mayhem Orchestra, The Dan Barnett Big Band, Sydney Jazz Orchestra, The Greasy Chicken Orchestra and the Dave Panichi Big Band.
Nic has performed on a number of movie and TV soundtracks including the more recent:
‘Ellipsis’ by David Wenham, with music by Megan Washington. Chocolate Oyster’ Score by Angela Little. ‘The Great Mint Swindle’ Score by Jim Mogine (Midnight Oil) ‘The Adventures of Prince Achmed’ composed by Phillip Johnston. Bell Shakespeare Company and various jingles.
Nic tours and records with the award winning and ARIA nominated children’s music group Lah Lah’s Big Live Band. Their first TV series is currently airing on ABC2 and has aired internationally.
In 2012 Nic was invited by French pianist Dominique Fillon to record his album ‘Americas’ in Chicago. It also featured long-time Pat Metheny bassist, Steve Rodby and was engineered by Grammy winning engineer Helik Hadar (Herbie Hancock). The trio toured the album throughout Asia and Australia.
In 2013 he performed in the premier of the audio/visual ‘Wordless’ at the Sydney Opera House, presented by Art Spiegelman with music composed by Phillip Johnston.
Nic has toured internationally with the multimedia improvisational group ‘the Wires Project’, performing concerts and conducting workshops on behalf of AIM in Malaysia, South Korea, Cambodia and Singapore.
He regularly performs at various Jazz festivals in Australia and overseas including: Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival, Chilpo (South Korea), UrbanScapes (Maylasia) and Melbourne International Jazz Festival.
Sydney based drummer/percussionist Chris Fields hails originally from the USA where he grew up in the busy music scene of Atlanta, Georgia. A 3rd generation drummer, he was introduced to music at a young age and began playing professionally at the age of 16. Chris performed extensively in the USA, Mexico and Caribbean playing Jazz, Funk, Ska and Afro-Cuban music before moving to Australia in 2001.
Since moving to Sydney, Chris has become an in demand drummer/percussionist and a leading collaborator with musicians from all over the world. He has performed with countless artists including: Olivia Newton John, Barry Gibb, Shirley Jones, Pt. Hariharan, Pt. Kumar Bose, Pt. Yogesh Samsi, Rakesh Chaurasia, Debojyoti Bose, Sangeet Mishra, Sandy Evans, Bobby Singh and many more. Chris is constantly involved with original works and has recorded on many albums as well as releasing his own album with his band Atma Blu in 2016.
Aside from his training on Drum Kit, Latin Percussion and Classical Percussion, Chris has also studied North Indian Tabla intensively under his guru, Pt. Ram Chandra Suman, as well as under legendary tabla masters Pt. Shankar Ghosh and Pt. Yogesh Samsi. He holds an M.A. from Macquarie University (where he focused on cross cultural improvisation) and holds a B.F.A. from Georgia State University.
Chris is an active clinician and educator. He teaches Latin Percussion, World Percussion, Indian Rhythms, Drum Kit and Improvisation at The Australian Institute of Music. He has given countless lectures, demonstrations and workshops in Australia, USA and India and is the author of Speaking Drums: Rhythm, Language & Creativity.
Tim Bruer is a Sydney based pianist and composer. He performs regularly around the Sydney area with various bands and as a solo pianist.
He also teaches piano and a number of other subjects at The Australian Institute of Music.
Over a career spanning more than 35 years, Tim has performed with many of Australia’s finest musicians within the jazz and R&B/Blues scenes. These include James Morrison, Bernie McGann, Jackie Orzarsky, Carl Orr, Steve Hunter, Robert Susz, Shane Pacey and Elana Stone.
He holds both a Bachelor of Music and a Masters of Music degree in jazz performance, and has studied extensively with Mike Nock.
Tim has also been featured on recordings by artists such as Max Sharam, Guy LeClaire and Kate Swadling, as well as the bands The Acca Daiquiris and Hammerhead.
In 2007 he released his first CD under his own name,“The Tim Bruer Quartet”. This found him collaborating with some of Sydney’s best players on a program of his original compositions, and reflects his many years of playing contemporary jazz.
Currently, in addition to his regular performance schedule he is also working on a number of recording projects due for release this year.
1980-85 - Support gigs for Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard and Johnny Griffin; performed with Don Burrows and James Morrison at Adelaide Festival Theatre; toured with Adelaide University Big Band and performed at Manly jazz festival. 1985-91 – Finalist in the inaugural Wangaratta jazz award; fronted own bands at Soup Plus; toured with Jive band "The Anthill Mob" and appeared on many TV shows.
1992-96 - Arranger /pianist for Nielsen Gough; supported Ronnie Jordan; featured on Max Sharam's top ten single "Be Firm"; recorded with Guy LeClaire; Musical Director/pianist for Delilah.
1997-2002 - recorded in London with Gene Calderazzo; recorded at Hillcrest Coachman jazz festival with Kate Swadling.
2002-2007 - graduated with Masters Degree from Sydney Conservatorium of Music; released self titled CD.
2007-2015 – member of Lounge group “The Acca Daiquiris” who released two CD’s and performed at many festivals.
Carol began her professional career when she joined the 1984 Australian and South East Asian tour of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ starring Marcia Hines, Doug Parkinson and Trevor White. A fixture in the Sydney Fringe Theatre scene, from performing original works by ‘Not Another Theatre Company’ to major touring shows like: KINSELAS production of Glenn Shorrock’s ‘One for The Money’ and ‘Go Cat Go’, followed by other KINSELAS hit show’s: ‘Soulman’ and ‘The Motown Story’ featured alongside Doug Parkinson and Mark Williams. She then joined the cast of Reg Livermore’s ‘Big Sister’ and ‘Lily Munster’ in ‘Halloween Trick or Treat’ at the Entertainment Centre.
In 1991 Carol played the role of ‘Rizzo’ in the Gordon Frost’s production of ‘Grease’ which earned her a Mo Award nomination for best supporting actress.
On the rock/pop band scene, she has worked with popular bands such as ‘Wa Wa Nee’, supporting Cyndi Lauper on her 1986 Australian tour, also supporting Randy Crawford Australian Tour with Doug Parkinson and lead singer with Sydney dance bands of the 80’s and 90’s- ‘Baby Loves to Cha Cha’ and ‘Hip Hop’, to the more recent ‘Bodacious Cowboys’.
She has sung and toured with numerous Australian and international artists as a backing vocalist including: Ian Moss, Christine Anu, Kate Ceberano, Marcia Hines, Jon English, Don Mclean & many more- not to mention a stint at the famed ‘Stardust Casino’ in Las Vegas with the TCB Band.
Carol has co-written and performed in her own show-group ‘Vanilla Supreme’ which was specifically devised for the corporate event scene, presenting the songs of Diana Ross and the Supremes. Also, in the Australian touring shows of Patsy Cline and Linda Ronstadt. She has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Superdome and several Premier’s Concerts at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.
Apart from many TV appearances and radio commercials, she has lent her voice as lead and background vocalist on the backing tracks for several major stage shows such as:
‘Leader of The Pack’- ‘Dusty’- Jason Gilkison’s ‘Burn the Floor’ and ‘Ballroom’ and‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’.
Carol holds a Graduate Certificate in Music and has been teaching Voice for the Contemporary and Music Theatre Depts at the Australian Institute of Music since 2002.
Hugh Fraser was educated at the Sydney Conservatorium High School and has studied Classical, Jazz and Contemporary music graduating with an Associate Diploma of Jazz Studies (Sydney Conservatorium) and a Graduate Certificate of Music (A.I.M).
Hugh has taught at A.I.M since the mid ‘90s and brings a broad, multi skilled knowledge base developed at the highest level of musical performance and tuition. Teaching is about passing this knowledge on so students may best follow their own musical and creative thinking paths into the future.
Hugh has performed with an enormous list of Australia’s finest performers especially in the Jazz and Musical Theatre Genres such as international artists Lorna Luft (Daughter of Judy Garland), Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen, Tony award winning singer Lilias White, American theatre star Brad Little (Taiwan and Korean Tours, CD and DVD releases) and Guitarist Dominic Miller (Sting). He performs regularly with Rhonda Burchmore and Grace Knight and has recorded CD’s for Australian theatre legends Judy Connelli, Geraldine Turner and new artists Tyran Parke and Trevor Ashley. Jazz CD’s with Guy Strazz, Leonie Cohen, Richie Cole (US), Dwiki Dharmawan’s World Peace Orchestra (Indonesia) and Jane Rutter/John Huie’s Third Culture.
Jazz credits include American artists Bobby Shew, Richie Cole, drummer Chester Thompson and Dewey Redman. Australian musicians Ten Part Invention, The Kinetic Jazz Orchestra, James Morrison, Ray Aldridge, Jeremy Sawkins, Sandy Evans, Dale Barlow, Guy Straz, Trish Delaney-Brown, Matt McMahon and many more.
Theatre credits include the major Australian productions of 'Guys and Dolls', 'We Will Rock You' (Australian-Japanese tour and Japanese recording), 'Cabaret' Australian tour featuring Tina Arena, Lisa McCune, 'Little Woman', ‘Legally Blond’, 'Company', ‘The Dr Who Symphonic Spectacular’, 'The Hatpin' (Including the cast recording with Caroline O’Conner and Peter Cousens), ‘Miracle City’ featuring Missy Higgins, 'The Producers', 'The Mikado' and 'Pirates of Penzance' featuring Simon Gallaher and Jon English (CD’s, DVD’s and Australian and New Zealand tours).
Please feel free to drop by hughfraser.net for more info.
Dr Gemma TurnerPosition
Dr Gemma Turner
Dr Gemma Turner is a singer, songwriter and voice educator who has had a broad singing career focussing on a cappella and world music vocal styles. She is best known for her work as founding member and writer/arranger for the high profile nineties all-women a cappella group Blindman’s Holiday, which was described as “the best a cappella group in Australia and one of the best in the world” (SMH).
She released three CDs and toured the world with them to critical acclaim. She is lead vocalist with The Transylvaniacs with whom she released two albums and toured Europe, singing Hungarian, Romanian and Roma repertoire. Additional musical forays have include early music with Oxford-based Sinfonye, salsa band Banana Republic, originals voice and percussion ensemble Tokakros, Hungarian folk/jazz funk fusion with Jackie Orszacsky and Steve Reich’s Tehillim with the Seymour Group.
She received her research doctorate from Sydney University in 2011, focussing on body movement and its effect on intensity in contemporary popular voice and her work has been published internationally in peer-reviewed journals. Her recent research focus has been on Australian Aboriginal language revitalisation through song and singing for mental health.