Achievement in Music   

Achievement in Music

What is AIM?

The CUMTA uses the Achievement in Music (AIM) program, a motivating curriculum available to music teachers throughout the state of Illinois.

Purpose of AIM

AIM is designed to develop strong performance and technical skills in piano as well as a thorough understanding of music 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 AIM Syllabus, with each level containing theory, performance, and technical requirements that follow a logical progression of skills from early elementary through advanced levels.

Preparation & Test 

Students generally prepare one level each year and demonstrate their competency at annual local AIM Examinations, which are conducted by experienced judges in a comfortable and non-competitive setting. Any member of CUMTA may enroll students in the AIM program


For more information on AIM


Please contact our AIM Chair, Sarah Schwartz at

ISMTA Website

For more information, please visit ISMTA website

Order AIM Syllabi & Workbooks

To order AIM syllabi and workbooks, visit ISMTA website: AIM syllabi and AIM workbooks.