Both AIM Sydney & AIM Melbourne are proud to have some of the best music, performing arts & entertainment management industry professionals available, on staff, anywhere in Australia.

Greg Coffin

Greg Coffin

Position

Deputy Head of Learning and Teaching

Campus

Sydney

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Greg Coffin

  • Position

    Deputy Head of Learning and Teaching

  • Campus

    Sydney

Exposed from the earliest age to the sounds of Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington by a jazz loving father, turning to jazz was a natural progression for Greg. In 1992 he took up a Bachelor of Music majoring in Jazz Piano at Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music, feeling for the first time that he had found his true musical path. He graduated with distinction in 1995, together with a first place finish in that year’s Sydney Youth in Jazz competition.

The formation of the ‘Coffin Bros’ with saxophonist brother Sean in the early 1990’s was Greg’s first public exposure as a composer and arranger and established him as a serious young jazz pianist. With its skill and maturity, the band’s high energy music has impressed audiences and critics from the outset. 13 years later the brothers are still wowing audiences in Sydney’s premier jazz venues, with Simon Barker on drums and Brett Hirst on bass. Greg’s creative focus was shifted to the sophisticated sounds of The Java Quartet in 1996. The release of their first album “Glow” received national and international acclaim, prompting a European tour and an invitation to perform at the prestigious Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland in 1997, alongside such jazz greats as Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock. The band has since released 3 more albums, “Passages”(1998), “Dark Garden”, (accompanied by a national tour in 2001), and “Deep Blue Sea” in 2005. Greg’s album credits also include recordings with renowned trumpeter Simon Sweeney’s Sextet, “Emerald City Blues” (2002), singer/trumpeter Neilsen Gough’s Quartet (2002), and vocalist/composer/arranger Scott Walker’s soon to be released album on the ABC label, “My Kind of Lonely”.

Although jazz and vocal accompaniment has been his focus in recent years, Greg’s strength as a musician lies with his versatility. He played keyboards and provided background vocals in popular 90’s covers band “The Firm”, pop band “Swoop” and the well known funk band “Professor Groove and the Booty Affair”, with national tours for the latter two in 1998 and 1999. 2002 saw Greg playing the Fender Rhodes with bassist Steve Hunter’s “9 Lives”, while more recently, Greg played both in Sydney and interstate to critical acclaim in drummer John Pochee’s highly regarded “Space Cadets”. As proof of his formidable adaptability as a musician, Greg turned his talents to cabaret in 2003, performing in Canberra’s National Press Club as solo accompanist for Natalie Gamsu - two time winner of New York City’s MAC Award for Excellence in Cabaret Performance. In 2004 he also turned his hand to Musical Theatre as pianist/musical director for the musical “Footloose“.

With a reputation as one of Sydney’s foremost jazz pianists, Greg is in regular demand for concerts and gigs at many of Australia’s leading jazz clubs, bars, restaurants and festivals. He was the resident pianist at Sydney’s Four Season’s Hotel, before taking up a residency in Japan in 2004. Has since moved back to Australia where he teaches and performs on a regular basis.

Greg Coffin

    Diana Xu

    Position

    Director of Finance

    Campus

    Sydney & Melbourne

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    Diana Xu

    • Position

      Director of Finance

    • Campus

      Sydney & Melbourne

    Diana brings over a decade of senior business planning and financial management experience to her current leadership role at AIM, having previously held Management Accountancy and Financial Analysis positions in the Recruitment, Media, Business Directory Services and Hospitality sectors.  Prior to joining AIM, Diana held the role of Financial Planning and Analysis Manager at the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School.

      Carol Riley

      Position

      Head of Operations

      Campus

      Melbourne

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      Carol Riley

      • Position

        Head of Operations

      • Campus

        Melbourne

      Carol is directly responsible for the management of the day to day organisation and operations of the AIM Melbourne campus.

      With over 11 years’ experience in the education sector, Carol has found success by actively cultivating environments that empower students and staff to think outside the box, view obstacles as challenges, expand their horizons, and ultimately achieve the goals they have set for themselves. With a Post Graduate Certificate of Strategic Leadership, Carol has provided executive vision and strategic direction to a ten-campus institution that offers flexible pathways to achieve certificates, diplomas, and university degrees. Carol has established a reputation as a transformational leader who is driven by challenge, undeterred by obstacles, and committed to furthering standards of excellence. She has received many awards including an Outstanding Leadership award.

        Julian Gough

        Julian Gough

        Position

        Head of Academic Services

        Campus

        Sydney & Melbourne

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        Julian Gough

        • Position

          Head of Academic Services

        • Campus

          Sydney & Melbourne

        With 25 years experience in education, performance, composition and musical arrangement. Graduating in 1985 with a major on saxophone, he established himself in Sydney as a performer and arranger throughout the 1990s, working with many local and international acts. Branching out into music production, Julian worked as a composer and arranger for television and film, writing themes for several successful series between 1996 and 2002.

        In 2002, he was appointed as Musical Director for the Independence Day ceremonies in Timor L’Este for the United Nations. He composed, arranged, recorded and produced the soundtrack for this historic occasion.  In 2005, he was appointed Associate Musical Director for the 2006 Asian Games in Qatar,  supervising, producing, arranging and composing various scores. He was musical director for the Sydney Chinese New Year Parade from 2007 – 2010.  

        Since 2007 his main focus has been tertiary and secondary education at AIM, where he heads a highly qualified team of dedicated educators across two departments.

        Julian Gough

          Dr David Fenton

          Position

          Program Leader

          Campus

          Sydney

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          Dr David Fenton

          • Position

            Program Leader

          • Campus

            Sydney

          David brings a wealth of scholarly, pedagogical and industry experience to AIM. With a background as a practitioner in the dramatic arts, David has directed over sixty-five professional theatre productions throughout his thirty years in the industry. David’s scholarly and teaching work is extensive. Originally trained as a drama and history teacher, he has a Masters of Fine Arts in Dramaturgy from QUT, where he also completed a practice-led Ph.D. in Performance Innovation in 2007, for which he won the Philip Parsons Prize for ‘Performance as Research’ from The Australian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies. Significant positions David has held have been artistic, academic, managerial and executive. Most recently David was CEO of Metro Arts and before that Head of Performance Practices at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA). Additionally, David was the General Manager of Quality and Product Development and a senior facilitator for ‘Message Train Communications’ teaching in the Adult Learning and Development sector. 

           

          When speaking about his new role as Program Leader responsible for the Scholarship Portfolio David said, “It’s a wonderful opportunity to have a genuine impact on the quality of our teaching and learning scholarship and most importantly an opportunity to enhance the student’s learning experience across the whole institute.”

            Peta Downes

            Peta Downes

            Position

            Program Leader

            Campus

            Sydney

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            Peta Downes

            • Position

              Program Leader

            • Campus

              Sydney

            Peta Downes is a theatre director, producer and tertiary arts educator of over twenty-five years’ experience. 

            She is a PhD candidate with the Performance Studies department of the University of Sydney, where she is currently researching the intersection between creative entrepreneurship and independent theatre practice in Australia. Additionally, she holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Directing (QUT), a Bachelor of Arts – Honours -1A in Directing and Educational Drama (QUT) and a Graduate Diploma in Arts Management (UTS).

            Prior to her appointment as Program Leader – Dramatic Arts with AIM, Peta was the Course Manager - National Short Courses for NIDA's Open Program (2010-11) and Executive Coordinator - Creative Industries for University of Western Sydney (2011-2013).

            As an actor, she trained extensively in the Suzuki and Viewpoints Methods and performed with Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre Company in Brisbane, before she was invited to work and train with director Anne Bogart and the SITI Company at their Summer Intensive in Saratoga Springs, New York in 1999. She has directed for La Boite Theatre Company, the Queensland Theatre Company and the Bell Shakespeare Company and has developed and produced new theatre works with the Brisbane Powerhouse, Metro Arts (Brisbane), Darlinghurst Theatre and the Seymour Centre (Sydney). Additionally, she has trained acting and directing students and directed multiple productions for the Queensland University of Technology, University of New South Wales, National Institute of Dramatic Art, Central Queensland University (Rockhampton), Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga), Actors Centre Australia and Actors College of Theatre and Television.

            Whilst at AIM, Peta has directed productions of Her Naked Skin by Rebecca Lenkiewicz (2014), 13 by Mike Bartlett (2015), Twelfth Night (2016) and Romeo and Juliet (2017) by William Shakespeare, Anna Karenina by Helen Edmundson (2016) and Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale (2017).
             

            Peta Downes

              Joshua Suli

              Position

              Head of Student Recruitment

              Campus

              Sydney & Melbourne

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              Joshua Suli

              • Position

                Head of Student Recruitment

              • Campus

                Sydney & Melbourne

              Joshua joined AIM with over 10 years of experience in relationship and people management across the hospitality and private tertiary education sector including Bond University, Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School and Laureate Australia. Joshua brings a wealth of knowledge in marketing and student recruitment across Australia and New Zealand. 

                Jess Knight

                Jess Knight

                Position

                Director of Human Resources

                Campus

                Sydney & Melbourne

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                Jess Knight

                • Position

                  Director of Human Resources

                • Campus

                  Sydney & Melbourne

                Jess has enjoyed a successful career in contemporary Human Resources practice, spanning both the Higher Education and Vocational Education & Training sectors. 

                She understands that a company’s workforce is a source of competitive advantage and that organisational health is paramount for long-term sustainable success. Her passion lies in partnering with all levels of an organisation in order to build value, as well as enhance the employee experience.  

                Her role sits within the Executive Leadership team and focuses on evolving AIM’s culture, leadership and change capability, to ensure that we are equipped to drive the Institute forward and shape our future.

                Jess Knight

                  Joshua Kyle

                  Position

                  Program Leader

                  Campus

                  Melbourne

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                  Joshua Kyle

                  • Position

                    Program Leader

                  • 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.

                    Dr Gary Holgate

                    Dr Gary Holgate

                    Position

                    Program Leader

                    Campus

                    Sydney

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                    Dr Gary Holgate

                    • Position

                      Program Leader

                    • Campus

                      Sydney

                    Gary Holgate’s credentials are many and varied.

                    His Associate Diploma Jazz Studies featured majors in both electric bass and double bass, and for his Master of Music degree he focussed on jazz performance while also studying classical bass techniques. Gary has performed and recorded with many acclaimed jazz artists including Kevin Hunt, Grace Knight, Bill Risby, Joy Yates and Dave MacRae, and Jazz Nouveau.

                    His doctoral project focussed on interactions in improvised music and his research interests include live jazz performance and qualitative research methodologies.

                    Dr Gary Holgate

                      Professor Margaret Noble

                      Position

                      CEO

                      Campus

                      Sydney & Melbourne

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                      Professor Margaret Noble

                      • Position

                        CEO

                      • Campus

                        Sydney & Melbourne

                      Professor Margaret Noble is CEO of the Australian Institute of Music (AIM), Australia’s largest music school.

                       

                      An experienced academic, Professor Noble has more than 23 years in senior executive roles across the Higher Education sector in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. Her previous academic roles have included CEO of Waiariki Institute of Technology in New Zealand and Principal and Chief Executive of the University College of Plymouth St Mark and St John (now the University of St Mark and St John), Pro Vice Chancellor (Learning and Quality) for at the University of Greenwich and Director of Lifelong Learning at Teesside University in the United Kingdom. She joins AIM from the University of Tasmania, where she held the role of Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic Quality and Schools Engagement). Prof Noble is also a keen amateur violinist, having played with regional and community orchestras in NZ, Tasmania and the UK.

                        Natalia Belovukovic

                        Natalia Belovukovic

                        Position

                        Academic Support and Pathways Manager

                        Campus

                        Sydney

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                        Natalia Belovukovic

                        • Position

                          Academic Support and Pathways Manager

                        • Campus

                          Sydney

                        Natalia is a passionate educator who has over ten years experience working with innovative senior high school systems. She graduated from the University of NSW with a BA Dance/B Education (Hons) and began working in a range of schools across Sydney as a teacher and choreographer in the public, private and independent sectors.
                         
                        Natalia comes from a strong performing arts background and has worked as a professional dancer with a range of companies and directors including Stephen Page (1996) and Dein Perry (2000). In 2004, she became an ensemble member of the Disney Theatrical Production of The Lion King performing in Sydney, Melbourne and Shanghai. She is currently undertaking studies to become an accredited ballet teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance.
                         
                        As Head of School, Natalia is truly honoured by her new appointment. She is excited to work with such a dedicated team of educators and to foster and develop the talented students at AIM High through their final years of study.

                        Natalia Belovukovic

                          Jason Weir

                          Position

                          Academic Support and Pathways Manager

                          Campus

                          Melbourne

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                          AIM - Australian Institute of Music

                          Jason Weir

                          • Position

                            Academic Support and Pathways Manager

                          • Campus

                            Melbourne

                          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.
                           

                            Jason de Wilde

                            Jason de Wilde

                            Position

                            Academic Systems and Resources Manager

                            Campus

                            Sydney & Melbourne

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                            Jason de Wilde

                            • Position

                              Academic Systems and Resources Manager

                            • Campus

                              Sydney & Melbourne

                            Head of School - Production & Stagecraft


                            Jason is a senior Audio professional with Australian and international experience in managing Audio and Creative Media educational facilities.

                            He has been involved in audio education since 1989, and is a freelance music producer/engineer with a wealth of studio experience. He also specialises in recording live performances & has recorded concerts for Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, John Butler Trio, Cat Empire and the Wailers.

                            Jason commenced working for the Australian Institute of Music in 2009 as a lecturer specialising in recording techniques and digital audio workstations. He now heads the Audio Department of AIM, and is in charge of the studio facilities.

                            Jason de Wilde

                              Sam Mudie

                              Sam Mudie

                              Position

                              Program Leader

                              Campus

                              Sydney

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                              Sam Mudie

                              • Position

                                Program Leader

                              • Campus

                                Sydney

                              Sam began playing guitar at age 9, studying privately and also completing an Associate Diploma of music at AIM in 1995.

                              He was a founding member of the nine piece band “Hipnosis” performing, coordinating and arranging a wide cross section of music from 1992 to 2002 in venues, corporate functions and weddings in a full time capacity. Since 1990 Sam has been teaching guitar privately, in Secondary Schools and Community Colleges in both one to one and group settings.

                              In 2006 he completed his Bachelor of Music as a mature age student at AIM. Sam has also been involved in writing and arranging original music. Most recently one of his compositions was featured in a short film that was selected in the final round of the Academy affiliated short film festival “Flickerfest.”

                              Sam Mudie

                                Dr Alistair Noble

                                Dr Alistair Noble

                                Position

                                Director of Academic Affairs

                                Campus

                                Sydney & Melbourne

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                                Dr Alistair Noble

                                • Position

                                  Director of Academic Affairs

                                • Campus

                                  Sydney & Melbourne

                                Dr Alistair Noble began his life in music as a pianist, studying with Isobel Grigor, Alan Jenkins, and Larry Sitsky. A subsequent interest in the work of Winifred Burston (a remarkable Australian pianist who had studied with Busoni in Berlin) led to a Masters Degree in musicology, based upon extensive archival research. Alongside this historical research, Alistair found that music analysis is a way to bring together many of his diverse interests in composition, performance, and critique of music. A PhD in this field, completed at the Australian National University, presented groundbreaking work on the music of American composer Morton Feldman.

                                Alistair taught in the School of Music at the Australian National University for some years, in musicology, music theory, analysis, composition, and chamber music. He served as Head of Theory and Convenor of Graduate Studies. As an award-winning PhD supervisor, he has enjoyed working with many graduate-level researchers in a wide range of music-related areas and also in cognate fields such as film studies. He has been a guest-lecturer in many places, including the University of the Philippines, the Colloquium of the Paul Sacher Foundation, UNSW, and National Taiwan University. While at ANU, Alistair served for three years as  Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Social Sciences. 

                                In 2013, Alistair published his updated Feldman research as Composing Ambiguity: the early music of Morton Feldman (Ashgate), which has been acclaimed internationally as a fundamentally important publication in this field.  

                                During 2014, Alistair was an invited Visiting Associate Professor in the College of Music at the National Taiwan Normal University, teaching orchestration, composition, and graduate seminars in the analysis of pop music and the sociology of music. While in Taiwan, he had the opportunity to accompany colleagues on fieldwork trips to several remote indigenous villages during major festivals, in addition to experiencing first-hand a wide range of musical performances, including Beijing-style operas, Taiwanese Nanguan, and the interesting local noise/sound-art scenes (about which Alistair has since published articles). 

                                In December 2015, he lectured on post-tonal music at the first Melbourne Music Analysis Summer School, held at Medley Hall, University of Melbourne. Recent compositions include the Glasteppich series (three pieces for piano, flute, and string orchestra) premiered by Arcko Symphonic with Michael Kieran Harvey and Kim Tan in December 2014, and Hauteurs/Temps (2015) for viola and percussion, to be premiered by Phoebe Green and Leah Scholes in 2016.

                                Dr Alistair Noble

                                  John Livermore

                                  John Livermore

                                  Position

                                  Director of Operations and Technology

                                  Campus

                                  Sydney & Melbourne

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                                  John Livermore

                                  • Position

                                    Director of Operations and Technology

                                  • Campus

                                    Sydney & Melbourne

                                  John has over 25 years experience in the IT field domestically and globally.

                                  He has also previously worked at many education institutes such as Laureate Australia, Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School and TAFE.

                                  John Livermore

                                    Jerry Siden

                                    Jerry Siden

                                    Position

                                    Director of Sales & Marketing

                                    Campus

                                    Sydney & Melbourne

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                                    Jerry Siden

                                    • Position

                                      Director of Sales & Marketing

                                    • Campus

                                      Sydney & Melbourne

                                    Director of Sales & Marketing

                                    Jerry’s experience in the post-secondary education sector spans over 20 years with a majority of those in sales and marketing roles within institutions in Australia, United States of America and New Zealand. His experience in the student recruitment scene has lead him to receiving the 2015 Global Product Services Awards for Leadership by Laureate Education in recognition for his contribution towards the student enrolment growth within the organisation.

                                    Jerry Siden

                                      Dr Carlos Lopez

                                      Position

                                      Program Leader

                                      Campus

                                      Melbourne

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                                      Dr Carlos Lopez

                                      • Position

                                        Program Leader

                                      • 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

                                        Dr Daniela Kaleva

                                        Position

                                        Head of Learning and Teaching

                                        Campus

                                        Melbourne

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                                        Dr Daniela Kaleva

                                        • Position

                                          Head of Learning and Teaching

                                        • Campus

                                          Melbourne

                                        Dr Daniela Kaleva is a performing arts educator and scholar. As Coordinator of Music at the University of South Australia in the period 2011-2017, Daniela taught music history and theory, performance theory, musical theatre, jazz, world music and intercultural performance. She has produced and directed several devised student productions with original scripts and music, among which 'Shuffle: A Jukebox Musical' (Hartley Playhouse, Adelaide, 2014), 'U ‘N’ I Dream' and 'Asian Fairy Tales' (Lucky Dumpling Market, OzAsia Festival, Adelaide, 2017). In 2017, she was Program Director of the Bachelor of Music at the James Morrison Music Academy. Trained at the Victorian College of the Arts and at the University of Melbourne, she has given vocal masterclasses, seminars and lecture-demonstrations on vocal interpretation at Monash University, the Monash Centre – King’s College (London), The University of Melbourne, The University of Newcastle, Edith Cowan University and Institute of Musicology Weimar-Jena (Germany).

                                        Daniela’s creative practice research pushes the boundaries of current performance cannons in genres that offer direct engagement with the audience. She deploys interdisciplinary and creative practice text-based methods to study visuality in such vocal genres. Daniela wrote and starred in the cabaret show ‘Gypsy Nights’ (Fringe Cabaret Festival, Adelaide, 2015) which was nominated for the Critics’ Circle award for innovation. She is an expert in stylised movement and baroque gesture and has produced and directed historically informed performances of works from the baroque period by exploring emotions, rhetoric, gesture, movement, costume, tactus and visualisation techniques. Current research projects include the Arianna Project (2012-2016) and the Music Identity Profiles Project (2017-2018). The Arianna Project explores the impact of rhetoric and passions analysis in the performance of Claudio Monteverdi’s monody 'Lamento d’Arianna' and its religious contrafactum 'Il pianto della Madonna'. It was funded by University of South Australia and twice by the Associate Investigator Scheme of the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100-1800). The Music Identity Profile Project sits in the realm of aesthetic education and is an educational outreach that seeks to enhance positive identity building in secondary school students with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. It was funded by the South Australian Government. 

                                        Daniela has published on the technique of mélodrame (combined spoken text, musical accompaniment and visual effects, later known as underscoring) in the output of Beethoven and C. M. von Weber. Her publications include essays on performativity with respect to ethnographic research archives and creative practice research, and the output of Melbourne-born music publisher Louise Hanson-Dyer. Daniela contributes performing arts reviews for Australian Stage Online, The Conversation and Limelight Magazine. She presents her research regularly at scholarly forums and is a member of the Australian Musicological Society and the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies.