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 JimJam 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.”

JimJam Studios was awarded the prestigious ‘Maestro’ status in 2012 & 2013 & 2014, 2015 and 2016 – 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 (15) and Jorja (12) as well as sharing my passion for early childhood music education with the local community. I am also resident Choir Teacher for Asquith Public School and hold regular workshops with childcare centres on music education.”
Kylie is also a member of Senisuara Womens Acapella Choir on Sydney’s North Shore, performs lead vocals in the band ‘Total Recall’

Kylie Clift
Kindermusik Educator since 2005
Maestro Educator 2012-2016
Fundamentals of Kindermusik/Jazz Fundamentals Sydney Cons of Music
Winner of Hornsby “Local Business Awards” 2017

Licensed Educator

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

Carmel May – Licensed Kindermusik® Educator/Teacher at JimJam Studios.

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 (5) and Gabriel (2) so she is very familiar with all the fun and games that small children bring to their families.

Carmel May
Kindermusik Educator since 2015
Fundamentals of Kindermusik/AMEB Grade 6 Piano

Licensed Educator

 


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, 2 staffies and is VP of the school P & C! She is one organised, multi-tasking woman and vital cog in the engine of JimJam 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


Sarah McTaggart – Art Teacher

Sarah is a local artist and creator of Komik Kids Art, specialising in artwork for children. Showing an inclination towards art from a young age, Sarah studied art all throughout school and scored perfect marks on her Major Art Work. Beset by wanderlust, she spent her 20’s travelling and gaining a wealth of artistic inspiration before settling into a career in marketing but always creating art in her spare time. Enjoying learning and refining her craft, Sarah has studied under teachers from all around the globe, and, after becoming a mum in 2014, has realised the huge importance of art in children’s development, both from a practical and an appreciation perspective. She is now driven to share her knowledge, passion and artistic techniques with eager and creative kids in the funky new art space at Jim Jam Studio.

 

 

Elizabeth Santangelo – Drama Teacher

Elizabeth’s love of drama began when, as an introverted thirteen year old, she joined Gosford Musical Society and spent the next five years singing, dancing and acting in a variety of their shows. Elizabeth went on to perform for other amateur theatre companies and to study theatre as her major at the University of New South Wales before completing her Postgraduate Diploma in Education and becoming a high school English and Drama teacher. As a professional Drama teacher, Elizabeth has extensive experience in developing students’ confidence and skills and guiding and directing students in a range of performance styles. She now divides her time between teaching and looking after her two small children. Elizabeth loves teaching drama to children as she understands personally how it can build confidence and empathy and have life long benefits for them.