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.

Andrew Batterham

Position

Academic Project Officer

Campus

Melbourne

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AIM - Australian Institute of Music

Andrew Batterham

  • Position

    Academic Project Officer

  • Campus

    Melbourne

  • Departments

    Academic Support

Andrew is a Melbourne based composer, arranger, performer and songwriter.

He has 25 years experience in live gigs, including concert hall music, jazz, corporate music, big bands, Latin bands, TV, educational music and brass bands. His music has been performed, recorded and broadcast in Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA, by artists ranging from jazz legend James Morrison to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

After studying a Classical degree, Andrew has done everything else since. Recent projects include music for the Melbourne Recital Centre, a festival in Portugal, and a Melbourne funk band full of other old guys like him.

Academic Support

Dr Carlos Lopez Charles

Position

Program Leader

Campus

Melbourne

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AIM - Australian Institute of Music

Dr Carlos Lopez Charles

  • Position

    Program Leader

  • Campus

    Melbourne

  • Departments

    Academic Studies

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

Academic Studies

Dr Daniela Kaleva

Position

Head of Learning and Teaching

Campus

Melbourne

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AIM - Australian Institute of Music

Dr Daniela Kaleva

  • Position

    Head of Learning and Teaching

  • Campus

    Melbourne

  • Departments

    Music Theatre

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.

Music Theatre

Greg Coffin

Greg Coffin

Position

Deputy Head of Learning and Teaching

Campus

Sydney

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AIM - Australian Institute of Music

Greg Coffin

  • Position

    Deputy Head of Learning and Teaching

  • Campus

    Sydney

  • Departments

    Contemporary

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

Contemporary

Glenn Cannon

Glenn Cannon

Position

Academic Lecturer

Campus

Melbourne

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AIM - Australian Institute of Music

Glenn Cannon

  • Position

    Academic Lecturer

  • Campus

    Melbourne

  • Departments

    Arts & Entertainment Management

Glenn is an accomplished musician and teacher with broad-ranging experience in the performance and academic arena with over fifteen years of teaching experience. Glenn is a guitarist and his solo recordings, “Leverage” and “Clockwork” have received international critical acclaim. His jazz/fusion group Logic have released five albums and the group has toured throughout Australia, Asia and Europe.

Glenn also works regularly in the commercial music scene and has performed with Vanessa Amorosi, Danni Minogue, Kate Ceberano, Wilbur Wilde, Tom Burlinson and Australian Idols Natalie Gauci and Carl Risely. He has appeared in television bands for the Channel Seven Good Friday Appeal and Channel Nine’s Carols by Candlelight.

Glenn holds a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne, Australia) and a Master of Arts in Music Performance degree from Monash University (Melbourne, Australia).

Glenn Cannon

Arts & Entertainment Management

Diana Xu

Position

Executive Leadership

Campus

Sydney & Melbourne

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AIM - Australian Institute of Music

Diana Xu

  • Position

    Executive Leadership

  • Campus

    Sydney & Melbourne

  • Departments

    Finance

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.

Finance