Our Team

Our team of trained and licensed teachers and administrative staff are dedicated to helping families design the class experience that meets their needs and exceeds their expectations. Every member of our studio is a member of our JimJam family, and we are committed to creating moments and memories that make a difference now and for the rest of your life.

Kylie Clift – Artistic Director of Jim Jam Studios/Licensed Kindermusik® Educator/Vocal Teacher

Kylie has been a vocalist and performer for over 20 years and a Licensed Kindermusik educator since 2005. Kylie founded JimJam Music in 2006 after previously teaching Kindermusik classes for Sharlene Halbert (The Complete Child & You) on Sydney’s lower North Shore.

“I’m sure there are many people out there who don’t enjoy their work but I’m not one of them! I love my job! I get to sing and dance and play instruments with fabulous little people all week! I feel very privileged to share precious time each week with all the families who come to Jim Jam Music classes and get so much satisfaction in the little things; the ‘hooray’ at the end of a dance, the first time a child sings along with a song in class, the 2 year old who shares their instrument with another for the first time, the baby who claps their hands along to the song with glee, or the pre-schooler playing the woodblock to the steady beat. It’s amazing to see these milestones.”

Jim Jam Studios was awarded the prestigious ‘Top Program’ status every year since 2012 – this is awarded to the top 5% Kindermusik studios worldwide. In 2014 we reached ‘Conductors Circle’ status and celebrated being the 2nd largest Kindermusik studio in Australia.

“Life for me is otherwise is focused on family; husband Roger and daughters, Lexie (17) and Jorja (14) as well as sharing my passion for early childhood music education with the local community. I am also contracted Choir Conductor/Teacher for Asquith Public School and 
 lead vocalist in the popular Sydney Retro band ‘Total Recall’ so switch from “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ by day to ‘Echo Beach’ by night!

Kylie Clift
Licensed Kindermusik Educator (2005)
Maestro Educator 2012-2016
Fundamentals of Kindermusik
Jazz Fundamentals Sydney Cons of Music
Winner of Hornsby “Local Business Awards” 2017
Holyoake DrumBeat Facilitator

“If music be the food of love, play on..” William Shakespeare

Carmel May – Studio Manager/Licensed Kindermusik® Educator

Carmel comes to Jim Jam Studios with a wealth of experience in the music and theatre industry having worked as a performer on stage and behind the scenes managing many ticketing departments for Sydney Festival, The Ensemble Theatre and Ticketek to name a few. Carmel has been singing since she was very young and started her performing career in the Sydney community theatre scene, performing lead roles in shows such as Guys and Dolls, Into the Woods and. More recently Carmel has been a long term member of the girl group ‘The Curvettes’ who perform regularly on the Sydney cabaret circuit.
Carmel loves working with children and introducing them to the joys of music. Carmel and her husband Jim have two beautiful children, Clara (7) and Gabriel (4) so she is very familiar with all the fun and games that small children bring to their families.

Carmel May
Licensed Kindermusik Educator (2015)
Fundamentals of Kindermusik/Kindermusik University
AMEB Grade 6 Piano
Holyoake DrumBeat Facilitator
Allison Davies Brains=Behaviour Course

Nicola Jones – Admin & Enrolment Co-ordinator JimJam Studios

Nicola is our ‘Admin Guru’. Nicola is a ‘Jill of all trades’ juggling a husband, 4 children, 4 dogs and a bird; She is one organised, multi-tasking woman and vital cog in the engine of Jim Jam Studios (ie. She makes everything work!!). Nicola is creative with a spreadsheet and a paintbrush, being responsible for the beautiful colours of our JimJam Studio environment. If you have any queries about classes, enrolments, payment, makeups or anything else then speak to Nicola.

Nicola Jones
TAFE Certificate III Early Childhood

Gerri Fraser – Art Teacher

Gerri is a working artist and art teacher with over 22 years experience. Gerri was a local artist and spent many years giving back to our community teaching art at Studio ARtes and also Hornsby South Primary School and now resides and works in the Blue Mountains. Gerri comes down to Hornsby to teach art at Jim Jam on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Gerri’s students range in age from 6 -17 years in our studio and she has the amazing ability to teach and guide whilst letting the student be guided by their own creativity and work in the medium they choose be it charcoal, paint, pastels etc. To book into Gerri’s art classes call 0424 823 711.

Mark Walton – Clarinet/Saxaphone teacher

Most weekends and some evenings if you happen to go past Jim Jam Music don’t be surprised if you hear some extraordinarily beautiful music. Students from all over Sydney travel to Jim Jam Music to have lessons with Mark Walton one of Australia’s most renowned clarinet and saxophone teachers.

New Zealand born Mark Walton is a highly respected and popular figure in the Australian and New Zealand musical scene and widely acknowledged as a virtuoso clarinet and saxophone performer, inspiring teacher and appealing composer.

For many years Mark held the position of Chair of Woodwind and then Chair of Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.Mark has performed in many parts of the world, recorded numerous solo albums, composed a large number of works many of which have been performed far and wide.

Mark was awarded the Order of Australia medal in 2005 for his contribution to Music Education in Australia. To book lessons with Mark call 0418 113 553.