Achievement In Music  (AIM)

General Description

The Achievement in Music Program, also known as AIM, is an exciting and motivating program which is designed to develop strong performance and technical skills as well as a thorough understanding of musical theory.  It is through these acquired skills and increased musical knowledge that students are able to perform both with confidence and with a high level of musicianship.

There are twelve levels in the program, with each level containing theory, performance, and technical requirements that follow a logical progression of skills from early elementary through advanced levels. Students generally prepare one level each year and demonstrate their competency at annual exams, which are conducted by experienced judges in a comfortable and non-competitive setting. 

Students of all ages who participate in the AIM Program benefit by having specific goals to guide their music study.  In addition, teachers and parents appreciate an independent evaluation of the student's progress.  Students are not in competition against other students, but are judged individually on their accomplishments. Upon passing each level, students are recognized by receiving a medal, certificate and pin.


Music theory and keyboard skills are carefully graded to match the technical and performance requirements at each level.  Components include:

  • Sightreading
  • Rhythm
  • Harmonization
  • Aural skills
  • Written skills
  • Transposition
  • Score analysis


Technique skills progress from basic five-finger patterns to scales, chords and arpeggios in multiple keys.

Students perform repertoire from various musical style periods as they progress from early to advanced levels.

The first year achievement yields the AIM Piano medallion and a state pin.  The student receives a state pin each year upon successful completion of the AIM theory exam.  The AIM Merit Award Certificate is presented upon completion of the AIM theory and performance exam.