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. Theory Exam

Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Wheaton College

A.I.M Mentoring Program

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


Contact  Theory Coordinators, Diane Lindsay or Kathy Sbarboro, with questions.

AIM Theory Exams, Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Wheaton College

  • Help prepare the exam packets: Packet Stuffing is Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 9:30 am at Diane Lindsay’s home – 242 S. Edgewood Avenue, Lombard.
  • Exam times and room numbers will be sent as soon after Nov. 1 as possible. Remind families of the building change for the exams – Armerding Hall. 
  • iPods will be used for students to complete the Aural Skills portion of the exam. Students may bring their own earbuds if they prefer.   
  • Plan to arrive at Exam Office at least 20 minutes prior to your first exam to pick up your materials and drop off your snack.
  • Use pencil and sign your name at the bottom of judge’s sheets prior to administering exams.
  • If you are assigned to judge in a faculty studio, you will be given a blank thank you card in your judge’s packet to complete and leave in the professor’s office at the end of your judging session. The purpose of the thank you note is to express our appreciation for allowing us to use their studio. If you move anything in the studio, be sure to put it back exactly where you found it.
  • Remind students to take the Aural Skills and Written Theory portions of the exam.
  • All makeup exams must be completed by Saturday, December 2. Have students/parents contact a makeup judge from the list provided as soon after November 11th as possible.
  • Teachers will be provided a sealed envelope containing the test, judges’ sheet, sight reading examples, and answer key for students needing a makeup exam. Give this envelope to your student and instruct them to bring it with them (unopened) to the makeup exam.
  • Students must pay a $20 fee directly to the makeup judge facilitating the exam. If you are judging a makeup exam, please remind the parents or student of this fee and collect the fee before starting the exam.
  • iPods will NOT be used with makeup exams. Makeup judges will give the entire exam.
  • Makeup judges should score the test immediately after the students have completed the exam. The exam should be put in the sealed envelope and returned to the student before leaving. The student is responsible for giving the finished test back to his or her teacher. Write down the students’ name, level, teacher code and score before placing the completed exam back in the envelope and report the information to Diane Lindsay.