Achievement in Music (AIM) Festival

The Achievement in Music (AIM) program (currently only for piano) consists of an AIM Syllabus and AIM Festivals, sponsored by local associations.

The AIM Syllabus is a curriculum outline, promoting a comprehensive approach to the teaching of music. Twelve different levels of achievement are outlined for five areas: repertoire, technical study (or etude), sight playing, keyboard skills, and theory (written & aural).  The different levels detailed in the Syllabus provide the foundation for AIM Festivals. The syllabus can also be useful to an individual teacher or student who wants a sequenced, progressive outline for teaching or learning a particular area.

AIM Festivals provide a musically well-rounded goal for each year’s study, as well as a written evaluation of a student’s performance skill and musical understanding.



Student entry fees: Set by each local association; contact the local AIM chair (see below) for more information.
Non-IMTA members:  $75 (may enter any number of students)

All fees are non-refundable.



The Achievement in Music Syllabus is available for purchase in PDF format.  Please note that IMTA no longer provides paper copies of the AIM Syllabus.  Purchase of the syllabus authorizes the printing of any or all of the syllabus for the teacher’s personal use, and of specific sections of the syllabus for students as they prepare for their auditions.

The member rate for purchase of the syllabus is $20; the non-member rate for purchase of the syllabus is $40.  Please send a check, made payable to IMTA, to:

Douglas Sperry, NCTM
6793 West Manor Drive
Terre Haute, IN  47802

If remitting a check at the member rate, please include your MTNA membership number on your check.

To purchase an AIM 2010-2017 Syllabus or to receive information about starting an AIM Festival in your area, please contact Douglas Sperry, AIM Coordinator, and Chair.


Practice Tests

Download by clicking on each link. you may download levels 1-12 as one PDF or each level separately.

Levels 1 – 12
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Level 4
Level 5
Level 6
Level 7
Level 8
Level 9
Level 10
Level 11
Level 12


Festival Sites

South Bend Area MTA

Date  –  Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016
Entry Deadline  –  October 12, 2016
Location  –  Bethel College

Local Chairperson  –  Michelle Beyler


Goshen-Elkhart MTA

Date  –  Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016
Entry Deadline  –  October 22, 2016
Location  –  Goshen College

Local Chairperson  –  Candy Henkler


MTA of South Central IN

Date  –  None

Local Chairperson  –  Kim Jones


Tippecanoe MTA


Date – None

Local Chairperson – Dan Whiteley


Greater Indianapolis MTA

Date  –  Saturday, November 19,2016
Entry Deadline  –  September 30, 2016
Location  –  Bulter University

Local Chairperson  –  Becky Baker


Northeast Indiana MTA

Date  –  Saturday, March 11, 2017
Entry Deadline  –  February 4, 2017
Location  –  Rhinehart Music Center

Local Chairperson  –  Sandy Moser


Wabash Valley MTA

Date  –  Saturday, March 11, 2017
Entry Deadline  –  February 18, 2017
Location  –  Indiana State University

Local Chairperson  –  Margaret Roby