WHAT IS ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC (AIM)?

AIM is a program of education and evaluation for piano students consisting of ten levels.  AIM is sponsored by the Utah Music Teachers Association (UMTA). Participation in AIM helps students become more aware of specific yearly progress in their music study. Our chapter (Timpanogos) usually holds AIM evaluations on the last Friday in March.

medallion and certificate are awarded to every student who earns a cumulative score of 70% or above for levels 1-6, and 80% or above for levels 7-10.

The curriculum of the program has ten (10) levels that are designed to take a student through the senior year of high school, with the first year beginning in 3rd grade. However, students can start at any age and at any level, skipping levels if needed. Only levels 7, 8, 9, and 10 must be done in consecutive order.

GOALS OF AIM

  • To prepare students to function in a variety of musical roles.
  • To help students acquire skills for a lifetime of musical enjoyment.
  • To provide an educational program for all students, giving them the opportunity to fully develop their talents.
  • To foster conceptual and functional knowledge or basic musical elements and their relationship.
  • To enhance the development of basic music skills, such as:
  • Fluency of sight reading
  • Adequate technical skills
  • Knowledge and mastery of repertoire
  • Sensitivity to musical style
  • Development of the ear
  • Creativity in expressing music
  • Ability to see, hear, play, say and write music

There are five areas in which the student can be tested each year: 

  • Performance (100 points):   Two memorized solo pieces for Levels 1-6; Three pieces for Levels 7-9 (two of the three have to be memorized); Four pieces for Level 10 (two of the four pieces have to be memorized).  
  • Technique (80 points): the mastery of scales, chords, cadences and arpeggios.  An additional exercise piece for Levels 1-6.  Students will prepare 6 different keys for Levels 1-6, 8 different keys for Levels 7-9, Level 10 is comprehensive of all levels.
  • Sight Reading (20 points):  Students will be prepared to correctly and musically read a score at sight.
  • Theory (100 points):  Musical knowledge - chord names and functions, interval and rhythm reading, form and analysis.  Theory provides students with learning skills leading to intelligent and musical playing.
  • Ear Training (100 points):  Effective listening skills, being able to recognize theoretical concepts by sound.  This will prepare the student for more sensitivity in performance.

FEES

AIM Evaluation is divided into 3 clusters:
Cluster 1: Performance
Cluster 2: Technique and Sight-Reading
Cluster 3: Ear Training and Theory

$16 for any one cluster
$18 for any two clusters
$20 for the Full Program