Who we are

Building on 50 years as an education provider, the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) is Australia’s largest tertiary music institution.

Internationally renowned as a leading independent education provider in the music, entertainment and performing arts industries. Founded by Dr Peter Calvo as the Sydney Guitar School in 1968, AIM now operates across two national campuses, offering the most diverse range of fully accredited music and creative arts programs to international and domestic students at campuses in both Melbourne and Sydney.

AIM is driven to provide industry-leading education that inspires and prepares passionate people, worldwide, to lead lives of purpose. We seek to empower our students by encouraging them to embrace their skills and push themselves further.

Our graduates are staking out sustainable and innovative careers, developing networks and reputations across a range of professions as they carve out their futures in the creative industries.

Our high-quality, fully accredited tertiary bachelor and postgraduate programs, as well as industry short courses, all balance practice, performance and theory – and are all taught by industry experts with volumes of practical industry experience.

Our mission, vision & values

Our Mission

To educate and empower creative practitioners to confidently embrace proactive professional careers in arts and entertainment performance, production and management.

Our Vision

To deliver excellence in practice-based learning, teaching and scholarship that stimulates cultural and creative innovation through artistic exploration and free intellectual enquiry.

Our Values

  • Respect for passion.
  • Nurturing individual talent and creative development.
  • Encouraging artistic collaboration and entrepreneurship.
  • Fostering innovative cross-disciplinary performance and production.
  • Facilitation of professional employment in global creative industries.
  • Foster cultural competence to engage appropriate and sensitively in a diverse context.
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Our industry connections, your access to our network

AIM’s far-reaching network of industry relationships allows us to deliver unique learning experiences and opportunities to our students.

Our professional network is built on internship arrangements, alumni career progression, current staff connections and close working associations with leading organisations, companies, businesses and industry thought leaders.

As a result, our students enjoy direct opportunities to connect on-campus with guest speakers and industry panels, and participate in professional workshops, internships and even recording experiences.

Industry partners include

  • Ambience Entertainment
  • APRA AMCOS
  • Architects of Entertainment
  • ARIA
  • Austereo
  • The Bell Shakespeare Company
  • Casula Powerhouse
  • Channel 7
  • Deloitte Private
  • EMI
  • Fountainhead Casting
  • Future Entertainment
  • Griffin Theatre Company
  • Hub Artist Services
  • Inertia
  • IP Publicity
  • Ivy League Records
  • JK Entertainment
  • Madison Entertainment
  • Mushroom Group Promotions
  • Musica Viva
  • Oxford Art Factory
  • The Performance Space
  • Playwriting Australia
  • Powerhouse Museum
  • Purple Sneakers
  • Reckoning Entertainment
  • Roland
  • Shopfront
  • Sony ATV
  • Sony Music
  • Southern Cross University
  • Speak & Spell
  • Staple Management
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Sydney Theatre Company
  • Universal Music
  • Walt Disney Pictures
  • Warner Music
  • Australian LGBTI Awards
  • New Zealand LGBTI Awards

Not-for-profit status means everything goes back to you!

As a not-for-profit educational institution, we invest all profits back into improving our students’ learning experience and as well as continually upgrading our campus facilities and equipment.

Our programs and courses are designed to be forward-thinking and be flexible enough to respond to shifting industry requirements and challenges because it’s not enough to just be prepared for today’s industry challenges - our students need to be prepared for the future.

As a registered Higher Education Provider (HEP), all AIM domestic undergraduate and postgraduate students may be eligible for FEE-HELP – the Australian Government’s Higher Education Loan Program.

Programs taught in:
  • English

This school also offers:

Bachelor

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Manage the business side of the music industry: take your knowledge to the next level. ... [+]

Manage the business side of the music industry: take your knowledge to the next level.

Your Bachelor of Entertainment Management will speak volumes:

Master all the management essentials – from marketing, artist management, promotions and publicity to economics, entertainment law and international business – through a contemporary music and entertainment lens so you can manage events, artists, tours and more. Interact with the industry from day one. All of your lecturers will be active industry professionals, along with guest lecturers and industry panels, so you can build your industry contacts from the get-go. Don’t wait till you graduate to develop industry relationships. Build your networks and real industry experience in two internships with high-profile industry organizations. AIM’s Bachelor of Entertainment Management interns are in-demand and many are offered subsequent work opportunities. Collaborate with AIM’s contemporary performers and put into practice what you’re learning about artist management, touring and promotions. Form professional relationships with up-and-coming artists. Be taught and mentored by high-caliber, active industry professionals in a supportive, creative environment. Your lecturers will give you insider insights to prepare you for a career in an evolving art landscape, which only professionals at the center of their industry can share. Subject streams Arts & Entertainment Management Marketing & General Business Management Associated Business Studies & Electives ... [-]
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Your Bachelor of Music in Arts Management Will Speak Volumes. ... [+]

Your Bachelor of Music in Arts Management Will Speak Volumes. Learn how to build a creative business: management, promotion, marketing, and communications, entertainment law, economics and finance Grow your industry networks and graduate with real-world experience as part of your industry internship Collaborate and perform with artists in other AIM courses to feed your creativity and better understand the artist’s side of the business Tap into a wide range of genres, styles, and sounds and diversify your knowledge of music theory, history, and culture Graduate ready to work in the arts, music and entertainment industry, the not-for-profit sector, small business, and international marketplace Be taught and mentored by high-caliber industry professionals in a supportive, creative environment. Learn from teachers who are actively shaping the entertainment industry and can show you the best and latest practices across a diverse and evolving art landscape Subject streams ... [-]
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Calling All Aspiring Sound Engineers, Music Producers, and Audiophiles

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Your Bachelor of Music (Audio) will speak volumes:

Plug into your passion. Once you’ve mastered the foundations of recording and mixing, you’ll choose one of 4 pathways to pursue your purpose: The professional studio: in our state-of-the-art facilities Live sound production: on- and off-campus in the fast-paced live music concert scene Media post-production: sound design for film and game production The digital studio: synthesis, sampling and electronic music programming Collaborate with other student composers, musicians, performers and actors on recording live concert projects Graduate confident and capable of using the latest software in sound and media production Enjoy top-of-the-line recording facilities with the best digital and vintage analog production equipment to perfect your technique Thrive in the theory that shapes sound engineering – acoustics, perception of hearing, digital audio, sampling, and system design Discover diverse genres and styles through the history and culture of music to expand and enhance your understanding of sound Be taught and mentored by high-caliber audio specialists in a supportive, creative environment. Your lecturers are all active in the national or international music scene – they will teach you the best and latest practices. Subject streams Major study: Practical, specialized training to develop operational and technical excellence Academic studies: Train in music theory, hone your ear, expand your knowledge of genres and sounds as well as the business side of the entertainment industry Ensemble: Collaborate with other composers,... [-]
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From Unlimited Potential to Professional Excellence. Take your performance to the next level. ... [+]

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 Subject streams Major study: Specialised training and performance practice Academic studies: Extend your understanding of music theory, history, culture, and critique, and enhance your musical ear Ensemble: Rehearse, record and perform with a variety of chamber groups Associated studies & electives: Sharpen your focus or explore more Electives ... [-]
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Create, Perform, Produce: Craft Your Individual Sound for Tomorrow's Music Scene. ... [+]

Create, Perform, Produce: Craft Your Individual Sound for Tomorrow's Music Scene

Your Bachelor of Music (Composition and Music Production) will speak volumes:

Compose, workshop, perform and produce your own original music in a limitless choice of genre Develop your unique style and sound and through one-on-one tutoring and group master classes Master the latest techniques to create and produce your music – including traditional and experimental approaches in composition, scoring, arranging, orchestration, recording, digital audio and post-production Deliver major works, from concept to professional realization, including a commercial release and your personal showreel Thrive in a collaborative environment, which mimics the industry and sets you up for success Access state-of-the-art recording facilities – record and mix on-campus at AIM’s recording studios as you master your craft on first-class digital and analogue equipment Create in custom-designed production suites – creative spaces with some of the best Digital Audio Workstations (DAW), sample libraries, synthesizers, audio plugins, and mastering software, at your fingertips Be mentored by high-caliber professionals – composers, music producers, and engineers – in a supportive, creative environment. Mine their wealth of experience, connections and current industry knowledge across any musical style Subject streams Major study: Specialised training to help you develop your personal vision, style, and sound, as well as the skills to direct, produce and engineer your music, using the latest technology Academic studies: Dive into music history and theory to help you contextualize and critique your special areas of interest Ensemble: The best music producers are champions at... [-]
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Master your musician skills. Perfect your performance as a solo and collaborative artist.

Your Bachelor of Music (Contemporary) will speak volumes:

Write, workshop, perform, produce and record your own music Amplify your skills through individual tutoring and group master classes Tap into a rich diversity of genres, styles, and sounds Enjoy regular performances in a concert environment Perform live at a significant music venue with your band Collaborate with a serious mix of fellow musicians who will help you explore and expand your skills and sound Excel in your theory and aural musicianship, and immerse yourself in the history and culture of music Be mentored by high-calibre professional musicians in a supportive, creative environment. Learn from experts who personally know what it takes to break into the music scene and sustain a career Subject streams Major study: Specialised training and performance practice to develop your instrument/vocals, culminating in a 40-minute graduation recital Academic studies: Hone in on music theory and your favorite sounds: contemporary, jazz, baroque, classical, romantic, avant-garde, music theatre, film, roots music, world music or Latin music – the choice is yours Ensemble: Collaborate and cultivate your skills in group jam sessions, leading to live performances Associated studies & electives: Sharpen your focus or explore more ... [-]
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