Achievement in Music


The Achievement in Music Program, also known as AIM, is an exciting and motivating program for students, designed to develop strong performance and technical skills as well as a thorough understanding of musical theory. There are twelve levels in the program, with Level 1 divided into three parts, Levels 1A, 1B, and 1C. Each level has theory, performance, and technical requirements that follow a logical progression from early elementary through advanced.

A.I.M. Performance Exam

Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Wheaton College

Registration Deadline, February 1, 2018

A.I.M Mentoring Program

Mentors are available for new teachers interested in becoming a part of the Achievement in Music Program.


Performance Coordinator, Diane Jankiewicz.

AIM Performance Exams, Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Wheaton College


The AIM Performance Exam is March 10, 2018. Online enrollment will begin on January 1st. The deadline to complete student enrollment and the judging form is midnight February 1st. It is advised that you have all information ready before you start to fill out the form on your computer. Double check your form before submitting it. 

Requests for morning or afternoon times should only be used if a student has a legitimate scheduling conflict. 

For each repertoire piece: 

1. Composer (last name only unless first initial is needed for clarification) 

2. Repertoire (name of piece including Opus number or other classifying information. "Minuet" and "Sonatina" are not enough. 

3. Level/page number of syllabus: Please use the following format; If the piece is listed at Level 6 on page 24 of the syllabus, enter 6-p24. Remember the letter "p" for the page number. For Level 1A, 1B, or 1C, enter N/A. If you are substituting an approved piece, enter "approved" instead of the page number.


4. Collection: (Complete this entry if you are using a piece from one of the collections). Include level and page number of collection. You are asked to abbreviate the book title and include page of the book on which the song appears. 

Review your entries carefully before submitting. Double check the spreadsheet when you are finished. Contact Diane Jankiewicz in case of errors. 

Also check the AIM Teacher Checklist in the Directory to be sure you have met all West Suburban requirements for entering your students. 

The mandatory judges meeting is at 9:45 a.m. on February 1st. Enrollment fees for Level 1 and 2 students are due then ($25 for each student). Write checks payable to WSMTA. Repertoire Substitution requests to Stephanie Myers for approval of repertoire not on our syllabus by January 15th. 

All teachers entering students must attend two complete West Suburban business meetings and programs BEFORE the March 10th performance exam. 

If you attend only the judge's portion of the meetings and leave before the program, you do not meet the requirements to enter students. 

Special scheduling requests will not be accommodated and schedule changes are not possible once the schedule has been set. Students unable to attend his or her assigned time may take a makeup exam. The fee is $20 for a makeup exam. The deadline for makeup exams is March 24th. 

Once repertoire selections have been entered on the enrollment form, no changes can be made. Please be certain of repertoire choice before entering your student.