From unlimited potential to professional excellence:


Take your performance to the next level


Your Bachelor of Music (Classical) will speak volumes:

  • Extend your performance ability and musical knowledge through dynamic training with industry professionals
  • Enhance your instrumental and collaborative skills through individual lectures, group master classes and ensembles
  • Enjoy extensive performance opportunities in AIM’s concert facilities 
  • Record your performance in cutting-edge audio facilities
  • Immerse yourself in the history and culture of classical music
  • Be guided by experienced, professional musicians in a supportive, creative environment

Download our Program Guide for course structure and subject details.

Our subject streams focus on your development as a musician:


1. Major Study: Specialised training and performance practice in both a one-on-one and group setting

2. Scholarship: Extend your understanding of music theory, history, culture and critique, and enhance your musical ear

3. Industry (ensemble): Rehearse, record and perform with a variety of chamber groups

4. Associated studies and electives: Sharpen your focus or explore more

Shape Your Degree


Elective units provide freedom and opportunity to broaden your learning experience. Units can be selected from any AIM Department, enabling you to specialise according to your personal interests.  

Popular examples include: 

  • Arranging
  • Audio Technology
  • Body Awareness & Psychology of Performance
  • Conducting
  • Digital Technology
  • DJ Electronic Music
  • Film & Screen Orchestration
  • Foundations of Improvisation
  • Guitar Skills
  • Intro to Arts & Entertainment Management
  • Keyboard Skills
  • Songwriting
  • Teaching Techniques 

  and many more … 

Audition/Portfolio Requirements

Applicants are required to provide a portfolio of two musical items. This may include any of the following forms of evidence:


  • A live performance (to be performed during the interview)
  • A recorded visual or audio performance
  • A recorded original composition
  • A PDF score of an original composition or arrangement
  • A handwritten score of an original composition or arrangement
  • An audio mix of a musical work


Applicants may choose to provide a combination of evidence e.g. a live performance of an existing work and a recording of an original track.

Applicants may be required to attend an audition.


For all other admissions criteria, please refer to the Admissions Criteria policy available here:

Domestic Students

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International Students

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Admissions Criteria

Graduates of the Bachelor of Music (Classical) should be able to:


  1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of classical theory and practice with depth in their chosen instrumental major and an applied understanding of theoretical principles in Western Art Music. 
  2. Critically review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise classical theory and practice in their chosen instrumental major. 
  3. Demonstrate technical proficiency in their chosen instrumental major. 
  4. Apply critical thinking and creativity and informed judgement to a range of classical performance scenarios. 
  5. Communicate clearly, effectively and appropriately as a classical performer in a diverse range of contexts, circumstances and media. 
  6. Demonstrate initiative and judgement in classical performance theory and practice. 
  7. Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in classical performance theory and practice. 
  8. Adapt classical performance knowledge and skills to a diverse range of professional contexts.
  9. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability in the application of classical performance knowledge and skills for professional practice, through ongoing professional development and when working in collaborations with others.



Teaching Staff




Academic Staff

Michael Bardon
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Michael Bardon

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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.


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    Dr Wojciech Wisniewski

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    Dr Wojciech Wisniewski is a pianist, pedagogue and author currently residing in Sydney, Australia. Born in Poland, Wojciech graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (Poland) shortly before arriving in Australia in 2004. After completing his Bachelor of Music in 2007 (1st Class Honors) at the Australian Institute of Music, he received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music, being awarded the ‘Bessie Cook Piano Award’. In 2011 he received a diploma from the Polish Government Ministry of Culture, for ‘exemplary achievements in the field of popularising music of Frederic Chopin.’

    His teachers include Dr Krystyna Wojcik, Edward Wolanin, Bronislawa Kawalla, Dr Katarzyna Jankowska, Phillip Shovk and Natalia Sheludiakova. He has also participated in numerous masterclasses with such renowned artists as Andrzej Jasinski and Paul Lewis. After his arrival to Australia he performed as a soloist, chamber musician and with orchestra around the country and in New Zealand. In 2008 he was selected and performed at the Sydney International Piano Competition.

    My philosophy for teaching and learning excellence is to provide equal opportunities to all. This is demonstrated in my teaching and supervising roles by focusing on providing all students with the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential, to prepare them for careers as professional musicians. I focus on each student’s ability to deliver artistic expression in a professional public setting. I am innovative in my approach to teaching and learning, implementing the most recent academic findings into areas such as memorisation (using various types of memory, memory techniques, with particular attention to suit those techniques to individual students’ capabilities and talents), sight-reading (employing modern technology such as sight-reading with the audio of pre-recorded pieces, video recordings of performances), and using the most up-to-date approach to teaching techniques, with particular attention to students’ physical wellbeing (combining some of the research in physiology of a human body in the context of performance, some of the techniques leading to recovery of students who already experience issues with their technique).

    In 2016, Wojciech’s book “Defining National Piano Schools – Perceptions and challenges” was published by ‘WWBooks Sydney’ and is currently available through Amazon

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      Wen Zhu

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      Australian violinist Wen Zhu was born in China and began learning violin at age five. In 1996, she was awarded a full scholarship to study at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. This Conservatory is the most prestigious in China and boasts a very high standard.

      She has been a prize-winner in many International violin competitions. Since moving to Australia in 2002, she has studied at the Australian Institute of Music, where she was awarded Bachelor of Music Degree First Class Honours. She followed this with a Master of Music under Charmian Gadd, as a full scholarship holder at the Australian Institute of Music. She received the highest scholarship to study at the Tasmania Conservatory of Music for a PhD in Music. In 2010, she studied for her second Master of Music at Sydney Conservatorium of Music as a full scholarship holder under Professor Alice Waten.

      Wen Zhu has appeared in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Sunday Live series, performing as a recitalist as well as in duo and trio combinations with the members of the Australian Institute of Music Ensemble. She has recorded for ABC FM and 2MBS FM radio stations in live-performance broadcasts as well as studio recorded recitals.

      Wen has more than 25 years experience in music performance and teaching and many of her students have won violin competitions in eisteddfods, music scholarships in schools, including Sydney Conservatorium of High School, St Andrew's Cathedral School, Sydney Grammar School and achieved highly in HSC and AMEB examinations. She has conducted a large number of ensembles including the Australian Institute String Ensemble and the South Sydney Chamber Orchestra. Her violin students have often been chosen to perform in Opera House HSC “Encore” program. She is the senior violin teacher and String Coordinator of the Australian Institute of Music.

      In November 2016 Wojciech Wisniewski and Zhu Wen performed a piano and violin recital at the Australian Institute of Music.

      In January 2017 she was invited to the Qingyuan International Music Festival in China where she was on the panel for the International Violin Competition during the festival.