Fifty years in music education speaks volumes.
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  • First-class music and creative arts education

  • Welcoming, collaborative, creative atmosphere

  • Serious space to explore your passion and have fun with new friends

  • Backing to develop the networks, technical skills and resilience to make it in the music world

  • Full range of support, personal and professional, to help you reach your potential

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



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


  • 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.

50 Years in Music Education

The Australian Institute of Music (AIM)

The Australian Institute of Music (AIM) is Australia’s largest music and performing arts education institution. We pride ourselves on being a uniquely collaborative educational hub. At AIM, creatives can explore their passion for music and tap into their strengths while establishing the foundation for a sustainable, future-ready career. Our high-quality, fully accredited Diplomas, Bachelor Degrees, Masters Degrees, Graduate Certificates, senior high school education and short courses balance practice, performance and theory, and are all taught by industry experts.

AIM is driven to provide industry-leading education that inspires and prepares passionate people, worldwide, to lead lives of purpose. What does this look like? Empowered graduates staking out sustainable and innovative careers, embracing their skills, networks and strength to carve out their futures in the music world.

Welcome from
our CEO

I am proud to lead a passionate team of creative professionals at AIM, serving our diverse and talented pool of students, and the incredible support network AIM has cultivated since it was founded in 1968.

AIM’s mission is clear and consistent in providing the highest commitment to the development of skills, knowledge and tools in the performing, creative and management arts for all students globally. The heart of AIM’s philosophy is the care and support we provide to our students.

We have many exciting developments focusing on:

  • Continual reinvestment and commitment to providing best practice to guide student achievement using smart technology.

  • The provision of industry-leading, world-class teaching with specialist high-standard facilities in both Sydney and Melbourne.

  • A leadership role and presence in the music and arts community, giving back talent, time and resources to the industry.

Looking to the future, AIM is determined to maintain the clarity in our focus on creative energy to ensure our graduates have the means and the opportunity to realise their dreams.

Professor Guy Bentley, Chief Executive Officer

You're in the right hands with AIM


Accreditation – you’ll gain a fully recognised qualification.

AIM is registered and accredited by The Australian Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) as a Higher Education Provider (HEP).

Our history – 50 years and powering ahead

The Australian Institute of Music was born out of the Sydney Guitar School, established back  in 1968 by top musician, Dr Peter Calvo. We moved to our current distinctive Surry Hills campus in the late 1980's. Continued growth and expansion saw our new Melbourne campus open in 2014. Our alumni can be found across all fields of music and the creative arts. 

Our industry connections –
your access to an array of influencers

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


  • 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 Pulblicity

  • 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

Not-For-Profit Status
- Everything goes
back to you

We put all profits back into improving our students’ experience, and staying nimble so we can respond to evolving industry demands.


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