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.

Daryl McKenzie

Position

Academic Lecturer

Campus

Melbourne

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AIM - Australian Institute of Music

Daryl McKenzie

  • Position

    Academic Lecturer

  • Campus

    Melbourne

  • Departments

    Contemporary

Daryl McKenzie is Musical Director of the Daryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra (DMJO) and was Musical Director of the Victoria Police Showband.

He has worked extensively as an educator directing ensembles and lecturing in composition, arranging and orchestration at secondary and tertiary levels. Daryl works as a freelance composer, arranger, trombonist and conductor. He has worked on national television shows including Hey Hey It’s Saturday, Australia’s Got Talent and Dancing with the Stars, and has orchestrated and conducted numerous Australian and international movie scores including The Truman Show, Red Dog, and The Sapphires.


Daryl’s undergraduate studies in music were at the Victorian College of the Arts and North Texas State University. He holds a Master of Education (Music) from RMIT University.

Contemporary

Michael Bardon

Michael Bardon

Position

Program Leader

Campus

Sydney

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AIM - Australian Institute of Music

Michael Bardon

  • Position

    Program Leader

  • Campus

    Sydney

  • Departments

    Classical

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.

In September 2017 Michael was appointed Classical Department Program Leader at the Australian Institute of Music.

Michael Bardon

Classical

Jess Knight

Jess Knight

Position

Executive Leadership

Campus

Sydney & Melbourne

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AIM - Australian Institute of Music

Jess Knight

  • Position

    Executive Leadership

  • Campus

    Sydney & Melbourne

  • Departments

    Human Resources

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

Human Resources

Dr Gary Holgate

Dr Gary Holgate

Position

Program Leader

Campus

Sydney

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AIM - Australian Institute of Music

Dr Gary Holgate

  • Position

    Program Leader

  • Campus

    Sydney

  • Departments

    Graduate Studies

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

Graduate Studies

Natalia Belovukovic

Natalia Belovukovic

Position

Head of School

Campus

Sydney

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AIM - Australian Institute of Music

Natalia Belovukovic

  • Position

    Head of School

  • Campus

    Sydney

  • Departments

    Senior Secondary College

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

Senior Secondary College

Jason Weir

Position

Program Leader

Campus

Melbourne

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AIM - Australian Institute of Music

Jason Weir

  • Position

    Program Leader

  • Campus

    Melbourne

  • Departments

    Foundation Studies & Academic Support

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.
 

Foundation Studies & Academic Support